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2015 Audi A3, S3 Sedans Earn NHTSA 5-Star Crash Rating

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/16/2014 Erick Ayapana

The 2015 Audi A3 and S3 sedans maybe small, but they’re big on safety. After going through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program, the 2015 A3 and S3 earned a 5-star overall crash safety rating, the highest score possible.

The NHTSA tested the A3 and S3 for frontal crash protection and awarded the sedans a 4-star rating. The sedans did even better in the side crash test, earning a 5-Star rating. Finally, the agency gave the sedans a 4-star rating in rollover safety.

Earlier this year the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave its Top Safety Pick + rating to the 2015 A3 when equipped with the optional forward collision assist system (“pre sense front” in Audi speak).

2015 Audi A3 TDI Front Three Quarter View 3© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Audi A3 TDI Front Three Quarter View 3

All Audi A3 models come standard with pre sense basic, which detects emergency maneuvers and prepares the safety and restraint systems for a possible collision. Optional on the A3 is an Advanced Technology Package that includes an active lane assist system, adaptive cruise control, and the aforementioned forward collision assist system.

The Audi A3’s main competitor, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, has yet to be tested by the NHTSA. The 2015 Acura ILX also received a 5-star overall rating for the NHTSA and it’s likely that the upcoming refreshed 2016 ILX will also receive top marks.

Source: Audi, NHTSA


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