- The entry-level 2015 Audi A3 sedan earned the Top Safety Pick+ Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
- It is the first Audi model to earn either the 2014 Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award and the first to earn a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front crash test, the IIHS said on Tuesday.
- The 2015 A3 has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
ARLINGTON, Virginia — The entry-level 2015 Audi A3 earned the Top Safety Pick+ Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The designation applies to the 2015 A3 with the optional advanced technology package that bundles active lane assist, Audi pre sense front and adaptive cruise control.
"The A3 is available with an optional front crash prevention system that qualifies for an advanced rating from IIHS," the IIHS said in a statement. "The system has automatic braking technology that avoided a crash in the Institute's 12 mph test."
It is the first Audi model to earn either the 2014 Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award and the first to earn a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front crash test, the IIHS said on Tuesday.
The 2015 A3 received "good" ratings for all IIHS crash tests, including the moderate overlap front test, side test, roof strength test, head restraints test and small overlap front test.
The small overlap front test is designed to replicate that happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole. In the moderate overlap front test, the forces in the test are similar to those that would result from a frontal offset crash between two vehicles of the same weight, each going just under 40 mph.
"In the small overlap test of the A3, the structure held up well, with a minimal amount of intrusion into the driver's space," said the IIHS in a statement. "The dummy's movement was well-controlled and injury measures taken from the dummy indicated a low risk of injury."
The 2015 A3 has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Audi of America said the A3 sedan "will offer several advanced technology features which are new to the entry-luxury segment, including: standard Audi pre sense basic system which helps detect when an emergency maneuver is being made and prepares the vehicle and its occupant restraint systems in advance of a possible collision."
The A3 also introduces secondary collision brake assist and is the only vehicle to offer this system as a standard feature, according to Audi. The system automatically brakes the car after a collision to prevent a secondary collision with nearby or oncoming traffic.
The A3 arrives at dealerships in April.
Edmunds says: The 2015 Audi A3 scores an impressive safety achievement. Comparison shoppers will note that its chief rival, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, has yet to be rated by NHTSA or the IIHS.