The new Audi A3 which is now available to order from £19,205 has been awarded five-stars in the latest Euro NCAP safety tests.
The Audi A3 scored 95% adult occupant, 87% child occupant, 74% pedestrian and 86% safety assist - which compares to the new Volvo V40 which scored 98% adult occupant, 75% child occupant, 88% pedestrian protection and 100% safety assist.
Like the Volvo V40 the A3 features an active bonnet which is raised in the event of a collision with a pedestrian, using a pyrotechnic release mechanism to help mitigate the consequences of an accident.
As standard the A3 is fitted with the multi-collision brake – a safety function that received the 2012 Yellow Angel award from German motoring organisation ADAC. This function can assist the driver in an accident to reduce the danger of skidding and the risk of further collisions during the accident by means of automatically triggering the braking system.
Optionally the Audi A3 can be fitted with Audi adaptive cruise control with pre-sense front, Audi active lane assist and Audi side assist systems which monitors the blind spots in the side of the car.Published 30 August 2012