The 2009 Audi A3 nudges out the competition, thanks to a host of standard safety features.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2009 Audi A3 crash tests edge out the Volkswagen Jetta, which receives a grade of Marginal in rear crash tests and Good in front and side tests. The more expensive BMW 3-Series also falls short, garnering an Average score in rear crash tests and Good in front and side tests.
The IIHS calls the 2009 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."
Kelley Blue Book reports an "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” are part of the long list of standard safety features. ConsumerGuide also lists anti-lock brakes, traction control, and an anti-skid system as standard safety gear on the Audi A3.