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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Good rating in front and side tests
A wealth of safety technologies is standard on the A3
Audi's trademark attention to safety is evident in the 2008 Audi A3, and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com applaud the German carmaker's efforts.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety calls the 2008 Audi A3 a Top Safety Pick, basing this prestigious title on the A3 Audi's "good performance in front, side, and rear tests and standard electronic stability control."
According to the IIHS, the 2008 Audi A3 crash tests edge out the Volkswagen Jetta, which received a grade of Marginal in rear crash tests and Good in front and side tests. The more expensive BMW 3-Series also fell short, garnering an Average score in rear crash tests and Good in front and side tests.
Reviewers' eyes grew wide over the long list of standard safety features available on the 2008 A3 Audi. Kelley Blue Book relays the highlights: "electronic stability program (ESP), front seats with active head restraints, remote keyless locking, front and side airbags for driver and front passenger and the Sideguard airbag system."
ConsumerGuide also lists anti-lock brakes, traction control, and an antiskid system as standard safety gear on the Audi A3; 2008 brings the option of side airbags, according to Edmunds.
The 2008 Audi A3 nudges out the competition thanks to a host of standard safety features.