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2015 Audi A3

Midsize luxury/near luxury car

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment
  • Small overlap front
    G
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver and front passenger knee airbags: separate airbags in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2015
G
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
G
2009
G
G
G
G
2008
G
G
G
G
2007
G
G
G
A
2006
G
G
G
A

Applies to 2015 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Audi A3 was redesigned for the 2015 model year after a one-year absence from the market.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 13 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 6-7 cm at the hinge pillar and instrument panel.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2015 Audi A3 1.8T Premium 4-door
Weight 3,136 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase104 in.
Length175 in.
Width71 in.
Engine1.8 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings23 mpg city / 33 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1413
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)13
Footrest (cm)7
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)1
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)2
Steering column0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)6
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)7
Lower instrument panel (cm)6

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1413
Head
HIC-15103
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)11
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm)25
Femur (kN)
Left1.4
Right0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left1
Right0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left0
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left0.62
Right0.66
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left3.8
Right1.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left75
Right35

Applies to 2015 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Audi A3 was redesigned for the 2015 model year after a one-year absence from the market. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen/Audi as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver and passenger side curtain airbags deployed during the crash.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2015 Audi A3 1.8T Premium 4-door
Weight 3,164 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase104 in.
Length175 in.
Width71 in.
Engine1.8 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings23 mpg city / 33 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1321
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)3
Left (cm)4
Center (cm)6
Right (cm)2
Brake pedal (cm)4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)-1
Right (cm)-1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-1
Rearward (cm)6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1321
Head
HIC-15212
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)10
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm)31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.4
Femur force - right (kN)1.5
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)2
Maximum tibia index - left0.36
Maximum tibia index - right0.39
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left68
Right31

Applies to 2015 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
A
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Audi A3 was redesigned for the 2015 model year after a one-year absence from the market. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen/Audi as part of side crash test verification.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures plus a fracture of the pelvis would be possible in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2015 Audi A3 1.8T Premium 4-door
Weight 3,164 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase104 in.
Length175 in.
Width71 in.
Engine1.8 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings23 mpg city / 33 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1314
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
17.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1314
Head HIC-15503
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)43
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)41
Average deflection (mm)40
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.84
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.82
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)3.3
Acetabulum force (kN)2.4
Combined force (kN)5.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.1
L-M moment (Nm)134
A-P moment (Nm) 72

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1314
Head HIC-15165
Neck
Tension (kN)0.4
Compression (kN)0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)38
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)33
Average deflection (mm)28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)5.12
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.80
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.3
Acetabulum force (kN)2.4
Combined force (kN)2.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.6
L-M moment (Nm)98
A-P moment (Nm) 70

Applies to 2015 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,116 lbs
Peak force19,325 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio6.20
Tested vehicle
2015 Audi A3 1.8T Premium 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2015 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power leather seat

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm)22
Distance below top of head (mm)13
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)14.5
Head contact time (ms)54
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)389

Applies to 2015 models

System details

  • Optional Audi pre sense front

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment
2 points total

Forward collision warning

This system has not been evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for forward collision warning.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

Tested vehicle

2015 Audi A3 1.8T Prestige 4-door

How this rating is determined

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