Three Audi Vehicles Earn Top Safety Pick Plus Award
To qualify for the award, the vehicles received good ratings in six IIHS crash-resistance ratings: driver-side mini telescopic frontage, passenger side small telescopic frontage, moderate telescopic front, original side, roof strength and head restraint tests. They also needed to earn high scores for frontal collision prevention and headlight performance.
IIHS says that every vehicle that comes with a standard Forward Collision Prevention System has earned the agency’s Superior rating in vehicle-to-vehicle tests and an Advanced rating in daytime vehicle testing.
Regarding the headlights, the results are not clear. The 2022 and 2023 electric SUV versions are available with either well-rated projector LED headlights or acceptable-rated LED reflector headlights, depending on the trim level; This qualifies them for a Top Safety Pick Plus award. However, the A3’s well-rated headlights are standard on all trims, but only on 2023 models. It was a compact sedan, but IIHS says poor ratings for two available headlight systems prevented the 2022 A3 from earning the Plus moniker.
The trio of 2023 models join several other Audi vehicles in the Top Safety Pick Plus list, including sedan, hatchback and SUV.