The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has bestowed its top honor on the all-new 2015 Audi A3 sedan, with Audi pre sense. As part of the testing for the “+” denotation in the car’s ranking, the A3 earned an “Advanced” rating for front crash prevention. The car also earned “Good” ratings for all crash tests, including the notoriously rigorous Small Overlap Front test.
The Audi A3 sedan ships to dealerships in April and comes with a base MSRP of $29,900. The Audi A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel, and the performance-oriented S3 sedan will arrive in the latter part of 2014. In the early part of 2015, the A3 Sportback e-tron, which is a gasoline electric plug-in hybrid vehicle, will arrive at dealers across the nation. Audi is excited about the release of the A3 sedan not only because of its stellar safety rating through the IIHS, but also because it will be the first A-segment car offered by the company that can be had with Audi drive select, 4G LTE mobile connectivity, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and MMI technology. The German automaker believes the new model will provide a serious threat to competing entry-level luxury cars on the market.
“The TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating for the A3 sedan demonstrates the full Audi commitment to safety,” said Mark Del Rosso, Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “With a host of standard luxury features, industry-first technology and uncompromised design, the Audi A3 raises the bar as to what is expected out of entry-level luxury vehicles.”