Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron 2014

1.4TFSI + e-Engine 'Ambition' , 5 door hatchback

Test Date: Dec 2014

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 82%
Child Occupant 78%
Pedestrian 66%
Safety Assist 68%

Compare with other cars in the Small Family Car category

Driver head - Adequate
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Good
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Good Driver left femur - Good
Driver right lower leg - Adequate Driver left lower leg - Adequate
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 - Adequate
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. There was insufficient pressure in the driver dummy's airbag to prevent the head from bottoming out the airbag on to the steering wheel. The score for the driver's head was penalised as a result. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. Audi showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different statures and to those sat in different seating positions, whose knees might contact the dashboard at different locations. In the side barrier impact, the A3 Sportback e-tron scored maximum points, with good protection of all critical body areas. In the more severe side pole impact, dummy readings of rib compression indicated marginal protection of the chest but other parts of the body were well or adequately protected. Whiplash protection in the event of a rear-end collision was rated as good for the front and rear seats. The A3 Sportback e-tron has an autonomous emergency braking system available as an option. The system operates from low speeds but, as it is not standard equipment, functionality at city-type speeds was not assessed.

Child occupant

The front passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. However, the switch to disable the airbag is not standard so it was not eligible to score points in the assessment. Some types of child restraints could not be accommodated in the car. The front passenger airbag disabling switch is not standard and, without it, the group 0+ universal restraint cannot be safely used in that seating position. The group II/III semi-universal restraint could not be properly positioned in the rear outboard seats. Other restraint types could be properly installed and accommodated.


The bumper showed good protection to pedestrians' legs at all points tested and scored maximum points. However, the front edge of the bonnet showed poor protection to the pelvis region at all test locations. The A3 Sportback e-tron has an active bonnet. When sensors detect that a pedestrian has been struck, actuators lift the bonnet, providing extra clearance to the stiff structures in the engine bay. Audi showed that the system operated robustly for a variety of pedestrian statures and over a broad range of speeds. Therefore, Euro NCAP's tests were performed with the bonnet in the raised (deployed) position. Tests results on the bonnet surface were predominantly good or adequate with poor results recorded only at the base of the windscreen and on the stiff windscreen pillars.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control is standard equipment as is a seatbelt reminder system protecting the front and rear seats. A lane-assist system is available as an option but met Euro NCAP's fitment requirements and was included in the assessment. Audi 'pre-sense front' is an optional autonomous emergency braking system. As it is expected to be fitted to most cars sold in Europe, its higher-speed 'Inter-Urban' functionality was assessed and found to perform adequately. A speed assistance system is not available on the A3 Sportback e-tron.

applies to all A3 Sportback e-trons of the specification tested