2015 Audi A3: Crash Results Show It's A Very Safe Small Sedan

March 25, 2014
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released crash-test results for the new 2015 Audi A3, and the new compact luxury sedan takes one of the top positions among all vehicles tested—with the agency's Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) rating.

As the IIHS points out, the A3 is the first Audi to have achieved the top 'good' rating in the small overlap test; that's in addition to 'good' ratings for frontal and side impact, rear (head restraints), and roof strength (rollover).

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A so-called Pre Sense Basic system is included as a standard feature on the 2015 A3. But when equipped with the available Advanced Technology system that includes Active Lane Assist, an enhanced Pre Sense Front accident-avoidance system, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, the A3 earns the IIHS 'Advanced' rating for front crash protection—assuring that TSP+ rating.

We note in our full review of the 2015 Audi A3—as well as our first drive of the A3—that this is a model that has one of the best in-car interfaces in its class; it's also one that's a satisfying drive, although it's pricier than it should be, while it lacks some of the charm and refinement of the brand's larger models.

The Volvo S60 is the only other luxury-brand model that's around its size and also earns the TSP+ accolade. Mainstream TSP+ models around this size include the Honda Civic Sedan and Mazda 3.

Federal NCAP crash tests haven't yet been run for the A3; but since it's intended as a higher-sales-volume model from the brand, we expect them to roll in at some point.

The 2015 Audi A3 lineup begins reaching U.S. dealerships next month.


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