The 2015 Audi A3 has recently earned a Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). For front crash prevention, the A3 earned a rating of “advanced,” which is the requirement for the “+” in the TSP+ rating. The vehicle also earned “good” ratings for all crashworthiness tests.
The IIHS evaluates a vehicle’s crash avoidance and crashworthiness abilities. Ratings for crash avoidance and mitigation range from basic, advanced, or superior based on the type of system and performance in track tests; for crashworthiness, ratings range from good, acceptable, marginal, or poor based on moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests.
According to Audi of America Chief Operating Officer, Mark Del Rosso, the A3 exemplifies Audi’s passion for safety. “The Top Safety Pick+ rating for the A3 sedan demonstrates the full Audi commitment to safety. With a host of standard luxury features, industry-first technology and uncompromised design, the Audi A3 raises the bar as to what is expected out of entry-level vehicles.”
The ratings are based on an Audi A3 equipped with standard Audi pre sense basic system (which detects an emergency maneuver and prepares the occupant restraint system of a possible collision), and the optional advanced technology package, which includes Audi active lane assist, Audi pre sense front, and adaptive cruise control.
Since going on sale in April 2014, the A3 has become celebrated for its entry-level price of $29,900. But with its newly crowned safety rating, buyers can also consider the A3 knowing that safety doesn’t come at a price.