On sale now at Audi dealerships, the 2016 A3 received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.
The rating applies to front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the A3 sedan.
It also applies to the performance-oriented 2016 Audi S3 compact sedan.
Every 2016 Audi A3 comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front knee airbags, front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, front-and-rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and automatic seatbelt tightening and window closing (Audi Pre Sense Basic) in the case of a potential frontal collision. Rear side airbags are optional.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2016 Acura ILX and Buick Verano also earned the highest five-star safety rating from NHTSA. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has not been rated.