Audi A3 earns five-star rating from Euro NCAP for passive crash safety

Article by Anita Panait, on August 31, 2012

Euro NCAP has given the maximum five-star rating for passive crash safety to the new Audi A3, making it one of the safest vehicles in its segment. The new Audi A3 posted great results for adult occupant protection in terms of frontal, rear, and side impact. It also posted excellent results for child safety and pedestrian protection.

Test engineers gave the best rating to the new Audi A3 for protecting the driver and passenger during frontal and side impact collisions. The new Audi A3 also ensures that children are given excellent protection. Euro NCAP cited the Audi A3’s seat belt reminder for the front and rear seats, which come as standard for the vehicle.

Audi also managed to address the key issue of pedestrian protection by employing a specially designed front end that incorporates an active bonnet, which is raised in case of a collision via a pyrotechnic release mechanism to help tone down the impact of an accident. This features allowed the new Audi A3 to score very good marks in this safety category.

To ensure better active safety, Audi fitted the A3 with standard halogen or LED daytime running lights, to make the car more visible to pedestrians. The new Audi A3 is also endowed with driver assistance systems like the standard rest recommendation function installed into the Driver’s Information System, as well as optional speed limit display.

A3 also features Audi adaptive cruise control with pre sense front, Audi active lane assist and Audi side assist systems. Interested buyers could now order the new Audi A3 at a starting price of £19,205 OTR. Buyers in the UK could expect their A3s to be delivered starting September 15.

The main reason that many people continue to be mesmerize with the Audi design is due to the complex intelligence it offers. Take the exterior for instance of the new A8. The way it shows homogeneity makes it appear as if the outer skin was modeled using full volume. Further, by having a roof line that’s similar to that of a coupe, both the sculptured surfaces and silhouette flow are able to display the prestige the brand is known for and the calmness it offers.

Meanwhile the use of sharp line contrast with the qualities mentioned. Combining all of these meant that the A8 is able to highlight the lead that the brand has long had when it comes to auto design.

Aside from having a number of progressive and new design elements, the A8 is fitted with innovative and highly advanced technologies. On the front section, the A8 proudly displays its single-frame radiator grille much like how the houses of old show their coat of arms. The grille comes in a new design that has rich, three-dimensional, and sculptured details and bordered with chrome.

Its upper corners meanwhile have been made more angular. Integrated cleanly to the front area, the grille has the horizontal chrome braces made more pronounced and thus highlight the width of the vehicle. This new luxury sedan from Audi comes with generous proportions specifically having an overall length of 16.85 feet (5,137 mm), width of 6.39 feet (1,949 mm), and total height at 4.79 feet (1,460 mm).

Meanwhile the wheelbase measures 9.82 feet (2,992 mm). These figures show that when compared not just to the previous model, but even to its rivals, the new A8 is longer and wider. The height though is lower compared to its German rivals, but the proportions continue to follow what is called as the dynamic line. Newly designed as well are the headlights which allow the A8 to have the out of this world appearance.

It also has the xenon plus units that comes with the innovative headlights in full LED, a technology that the brand pioneered through the A8 sports car. Audi went a step further and added in an adaptive light system which enhances the xenon plus units. What they do is to control the rotating modules in order to guarantee perfect lighting whether in the city, the highway, or even rural roads.

For the new A8, there are no longer fog lights but instead there is the all-weather light which has been incorporated with the vehicle’s headlights. Since there are no fog lights, their usual place on the air intakes has now been taken over by the radar sensors of the adaptive cruise control that has the stop & go function, an optional feature.

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