The redesigned 2015 Audi A3 has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's most prestigious safety rating, Top Safety Pick Plus, the institute announced Tuesday. The compact luxury sedan (previously a hatchback) received scores of "good" for performance in the IIHS' five crashworthiness tests — including small overlap protection, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head-restraint — as well as an "advanced" rating for front crash protection.
2015 Audi A3: First Drive
The A3 is available with an optional front crash prevention system that qualified it for the IIHS' advanced rating in the new-for-2014 test. The system has automatic braking technology, which helped the car avoid a crash in a test at 12 mph. Meanwhile, in the 2-year-old small overlap test, in which 25 percent of a vehicle's front end on the driver's side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph to replicate a collision with a tree or utility pole, IIHS reported that the sedan also performed strongly.
"The structure held up well, with a minimal amount of intrusion into the driver's space," IIHS said in a statement. "The dummy’s movement was well-controlled, and injury measures taken from the dummy indicated a low risk of injury."