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2011 Audi A3 4-door wagon

Midsize moderately priced car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
2009 Audi A3 4-door wagon shown
2009 Audi A3 4-door wagon shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
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 2006-13 models

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

The Audi A3 was introduced in the 2006 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that lower leg injuries would be possible. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy’s head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2006 Audi A3 2.0T wagon
Weight 3,241 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase102 in.
Length169 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings24 mpg city / 32 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0528
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)7
Left (cm)10
Center (cm)7
Right (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)6
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)0
Rearward (cm)1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0528
Head
HIC-15365
Peak gs at hard contact37
Neck
Tension (kN)1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm)13
Maximum Nij 0.37
Chest maximum compression (mm)32
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.4
Femur force - right (kN)3.0
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)4
Maximum tibia index - left0.41
Maximum tibia index - right0.97
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN)4.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left56
Right139

Applies to 2006-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
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 introduced in the 2006 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries 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 vehicle2006 Audi A3 2.0T wagon
Weight 3,280 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase102 in.
Length169 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings24 mpg city / 32 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0525
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.
-13.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0525
Head HIC-15300
Neck
Tension (kN)
Compression (kN)
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)41
Lateral force (kN)1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)31
Average deflection (mm)29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.46
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.44
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.6
Acetabulum force (kN)2.0
Combined force (kN)3.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.2
L-M moment (Nm)55
A-P moment (Nm) 19

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0525
Head HIC-15146
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)42
Lateral force (kN)2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)31
Average deflection (mm)28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.59
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.33
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.3
Acetabulum force (kN)2.9
Combined force (kN)3.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)48
A-P moment (Nm) -28

Applies to 2006-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,224 lbs
Peak force13,429 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.17
Tested vehicle
2009 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI wagon
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 2008-13 models

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

Seat type

Power leather seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)40
Distance below top of head (mm)51
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.6
Head contact time (ms)65
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)2
Max neck tension (N)483

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