FIVE STARS FOR ALL-NEW AUDI A3 IN EURO NCAP CRASH TEST
30th August 2012
New Audi premium compact hatchback shows there is real strength underpinning its style and technological sophistication
- Top marks in the passive safety crash test
- New Audi A3 also boasts high level of child safety
- Seat belt reminder for front and rear as standard
- Available to order now priced from £19,205 OTR
- First UK models reach Audi Centres on September 15
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 car maker has delivered an outstanding solution in the A3 - a specially designed front end incorporating an active bonnet, which is raised in the event of a collision using a pyrotechnic release mechanism to help mitigate the consequences of an accident. These features help the Audi A3 to score some very good marks in this discipline as well.
Audi also values active safety above and beyond the measures assessed by Euro NCAP. Standard halogen or LED daytime running lights, depending on version, make the Audi A3 more visible to pedestrians, for example. Other driver assistance systems such as the standard rest recommendation function built into the Driver’s Information System, and the optional speed limit display, Audi adaptive cruise control with pre sense front, Audi active lane assist and Audi side assist systems are now also available to drivers of the compact-class model. The same also applies to lighting systems such as the adaptive headlight range adjustment and full-LED headlights, which will filter down to certain A3 variants from the executive class in the near future.
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 organisation 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.
The all-new A3 is now available to order priced from £19,205 OTR, and UK deliveries will begin on September 15.
Established in 1997, the Euro NCAP consortium is made up of international representatives from European transport ministries, motoring associations, insurers and consumer organisations. 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.