The Audi A3 is seen by most automotive journalist as the best value for money of the upper part of the C-Segment. Now, it’s one of the safest offerings in its class, as EuroNCAP just announced that the A3 got the highest rating in the organisation’s crash test, five stars. The A3 achieved a 95% score for adult occupants, 87% for child occupants and 74% for pedestrians.
The new A3 comes with seatbelt reminds for all seats as standards. An active engine hood is raised in the event of a collision using a pyrotechnic release mechanism, is also standard. A wide variety of driver assistance system, such as the Active Lane Assist, the Side Assist and the full LED lights help the A3 achieve a score of 86% in the safety assist category.
Audi’s press release and EuroNCAP’s verdict are available after the jump.
Source: [Audi] and [Euro NCAP]
The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the front seat occupants. Audi showed that a similar level of protection would be available to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. Maximum points were scored in the side barrier test. In the more severe side pole impact, protection of the driver’s chest was rated as adequate. The front seats and head restraints provided good protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear-end collision.
Both dummies were properly contained by their rearward facing child restraints in the front and side impacts, minimising the risk of contact with parts of the car interior. Although the passenger airbag can be disabled with an optionally fitted switch to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position, insufficient information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag preventing any reward for the system. Permanently attached labels on the sun visor clearly warn of the dangers of using a rearward facing child seat in that position without first disabling the airbag.
Good protection was provided by the bumper to pedestrians’ legs and the car scored maximum points in this and the area likely to be struck by a child/small adult. In those areas likely to be struck by an adult’s head the protection offered by the bonnet was predominantly marginal and poor, as was the bonnet leading edge where a pedestrians upper leg would impact.
Electronic stability control is standard equipment and met Euro NCAP’s test requirements. A seatbelt reminder system is standard equipment for the front and rear seats. A speed limitation device is not currently available on the Audi A3.
Audi’s Press Release:
The Euro NCAP consortium has awarded the new Audi A3 the maximum five-star rating for passive crash safety. The results for adult occupant protection in a frontal, rear, and side impact as well as child safety and pedestrian protection make the new Audi A3 one of the safest cars in its class.
The test engineers awarded the A3 the best rating for driver and passenger in the frontal and side impact collisions. Children are also afforded very good protection in the new Audi A3. Euro NCAP also singled out the seat belt reminder for the front and, in particular, the rear seats. The Audi A3 comes as standard with both systems.
Pedestrian protection is a key issue for Audi and the automaker has come up with an outstanding solution in the A3. A specially designed front end and the active engine hood, which is raised in the event of a collision using a pyrotechnic release mechanism, help mitigate the consequences of an accident. These features help the Audi A3 also score some very good marks in this discipline.
Audi also values active safety above and beyond the measures assessed by Euro NCAP. The standard daytime running lights make the Audi A3 more visible to pedestrians, for example. Other driver assistance systems such as Audi adaptive cruise control with pre sense front function and Audi active lane assist, Audi side assist, the speed limit display or rest recommendations are now also available as an option in the compact-class model. The same also applies to lighting systems such as the adaptive headlight range adjustment and the optionally available full-LED headlights, which have only been available in the full-size category to date.
In addition, the A3 also comes as standard with the multicollision brake – a safety function that received the 2012 Yellow Angel award from German motoring organization ADAC. This function can assist the driver in an accident to reduce the danger of skidding and the risk of further collisions during the accident by means of automatically triggered braking.
Established in 1997, the Euro NCAP consortium is made up of international representatives from European transport ministries, motoring associations, insurers and consumer organizations. It extensively tests the crash performance of new cars. Euro NCAP’s demanding test requirements far exceed the standards set by the European lawmaker. The latest test results will be published today on the Internet at http://www.euroncap.com/home.aspx.
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