Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Audi A3 2012

1.4 'Attraction' , 3 door hatchback

Test Date: Aug 2012

Audi A3 crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 95%
Child Occupant 87%
Pedestrian 74%
Safety Assist 86%

Compare with other cars in the Small Family Car category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Good Driver left femur - Good
Driver right lower leg - Good Driver left lower leg - Good
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Good
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Adequate Passenger left lower leg - Good
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Good
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor

Adult occupant

The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the front seat occupants. Audi showed that a similar level of protection would be available to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. Maximum points were scored in the side barrier test. In the more severe side pole impact, protection of the driver's chest was rated as adequate. The front seats and head restraints provided good protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear-end collision.

Child occupant

Although the passenger airbag can be disabled with an optionally fitted switch to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position, insufficient information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag preventing any reward for the system. Permanently attached labels on the sun visor clearly warn of the dangers of using a rearward facing child seat in that position without first disabling the airbag.


Good protection was provided by the bumper to pedestrians' legs and the car scored maximum points in this and the area likely to be struck by a child/small adult. In those areas likely to be struck by an adult's head the protection offered by the bonnet was predominantly marginal and poor, as was the bonnet leading edge where a pedestrians upper leg would impact.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control is standard equipment and met Euro NCAP's test requirements. A seatbelt reminder system is standard equipment for the front and rear seats. A speed limitation device is not currently available on the Audi A3.

applies to all A3s of the specification tested