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2015 Audi A3 aces the challenging US crash test

28 Mar 2014 / 0

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety  (IIHS) in the US has given the 2015 Audi A3 top scores in its crashworthiness tests. The institute has awarded the all-new A3 with its Top Safety Pick+, its highest award for safety standards. The 2015 A3 has been completely redesigned from is now a mid-size luxury sedan instead instead of a wagon.

2015 Audi A3

It’s the first Audi model to earn either the 2014 Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award and the first ever to earn a good or acceptable rating in the challenging small overlap front crash test. The Audi aced five crashworthiness tests, including the small overlap evaluation, and received an advanced rating for front crash prevention.

IIHS introduced the small overlap evaluation in 2012 which is more challenging than either the head-on crashes conducted by the government or the IIHS moderate overlap test. In the test, 25 per cent of a vehicle’s front end on the driver’s side strikes a rigid barrier at 64kmph. The crash replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole.

“In the small overlap test, the A3’s structure held up well, with a minimal amount of intrusion into the driver’s space. The dummy’s movement was well-controlled, and injury measures taken from the dummy indicated a low risk of injury,” a statement issued by IIHS said.

Read our first drive of the Audi A3 sedan here

Here is the video of the 2015 Audi A3 crash test

 

IIHS crash test result

Redesigned Audi A3 earns TOP SAFETY PICK+

ARLINGTON, Va. - The 2015 Audi A3, a midsize luxury car, earns the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, thanks to good performance in five crashworthiness tests and an advanced rating for front crash prevention.

The A3 was completely redesigned for 2015 and is now a sedan instead of a wagon like its predecessor. It's the first Audi model to earn either the 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+ award and the first ever to earn a good or acceptable rating in the challenging small overlap front crash test.

The Institute introduced the small overlap evaluation in 2012. In the test, which is more challenging than either the head-on crashes conducted by the government or the IIHS moderate overlap test, 25 percent of a vehicle's front end on the driver's side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph. The crash replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole.

In the small overlap test of the A3, the structure held up well, with a minimal amount of intrusion into the driver's space. The dummy's movement was well-controlled, and injury measures taken from the dummy indicated a low risk of injury.

The A3 is available with an optional front crash prevention system that qualifies for an advanced rating from IIHS. The system has automatic braking technology that avoided a crash in the Institute's 12 mph test.

To qualify for 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ a vehicle must earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap protection, a good rating in the Institute's moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, and a rating of basic, advanced or superior for front crash prevention.



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