IIHS Upgrades Audi A3 To Top Safety Pick Plus

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, Automotive Editor - January 20, 2017

The 2017 Audi A3 now ranks as one of the safest new vehicles you can buy, provided you're willing to pay.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently upgraded the A3 to its highest Top Safety Pick + rating after judging the performance of a new set of LED headlights, available as standard on the top-trim Prestige trim cars, as "Acceptable."

However, without an optional LED Lighting Package – a $1,050 option – the base A3 Premium and mid-range Premium Plus earn a poor score on the IIHS' lighting test, meaning only the range-topping A3s are guaranteed TSP+ status.

Audi A3

As well as also scoring a top rating for its forward collision prevention system, the A3 aced every crash test the IIHS threw at it, thus earning it the best score overall. For 2017, the A3s come standard with forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a pre-requisite for a TSP+ prize.

The A3's score was similar to its big brother, the Audi A4, its rivals from BMW, the 2- and 3-Series models, the Lexus ES 350, and the Volvo S60/V60 twins.

, Automotive Editor

Zac Estrada is an automotive journalist and contributing writer who hails from Santa Barbara, CA. Zac attended Northeastern University's School of Journalism in Boston and currently runs the automotive blog Confessions of an Autoholic. 

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