Euro NCAP

See the safety results of the Audi A3 by Euro NCAP

Results
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CleanAir Created with Sketch.
7.0 10 Clean Air Index
EnergyEfficiency Created with Sketch.
6.6 10 Energy Efficiency Index
3.6 10 Greenhouse Gas Index
Laboratory TestsNMHCNOXNH3COPN
7.510Cold test
8.210Warm test
6.410Cold Ambient test
7.610Highway
Road test
6.510On-Road Drive
5.78On-Road Heavy Load
3.85On-Road Light Load
1.75On-Road Short Trip
2.02Congestion
Robustness
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  • n.a.
  • good
  • adequate
  • marginal
  • weak
  • poor

Comments

The 110 kW diesel version of the Audi A3 Sportback demonstrates what is possible with adequate modern exhaust aftertreatment and is awarded a highly creditable result of 7 points in the Clean Air Index. Further enhancement of particle control would help the Audi improve on what is already an impressive achievement.

Laboratory TestsEnergy
7.410Cold test
7.810Warm test
5.310Cold Ambient test
5.910Highway
ConsumptionDriving range
Average 4.9l100 km 1,027km
Worst-case 6.0l100 km 755km
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  • n.a.
  • good
  • adequate
  • marginal
  • weak
  • poor

Comments

Despite being a dynamic, sporty vehicle, the Sportback makes excellent use of the powertrain efficiency of the diesel engine combined with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and reaches a high result of 6.6 points in the Energy Efficiency Index.

Greenhouse GasesCO2N2OCH4
2.97Cold test
3.47Warm test
2.37Cold Ambient test
1.97Highway
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  • n.a.
  • good
  • adequate
  • marginal
  • weak
  • poor

Comments

While methane is not a concern for this powertrain type, the Greenhouse Gas Index would benefit from a reduction of the non-regulated laughing gas (N2O), emissions of which let the diesel Sportback down. Further optimisation of fuel consumption - and hence CO2 emissions - would also improve the greenhouse gas performance, for which the Audi scores a modest 3.6 out of 10.

Our verdict

Here, Green NCAP tested the 2020 model of the Audi A3 35 TDI Sportback with S-tronic automatic transmission. This is a compact vehicle targeting sporty buyers and offering high levels of comfort and functionality. To that end, the 2-litre diesel engine seems a very good choice and convinces not only with reasonable fuel consumption values but also by scoring well for clean air, by minimising the output of pollutants. The performance of the state-of-the-art exhaust aftertreatment system remained robust and effective under all test conditions but additional improvements are possible, especially for short trips with a cold engine start and particle number emissions. The emitted greenhouse gases are not unusual for a vehicle of such configuration and are what cap the overall result of the A3 35 TDI Sportback at 3 stars, with a weighted Overall Index of 5.7.

Specifications

  • Publication Date 11 2021
  • Tested Car WAUZZZGY9MA09XXXX
  • Emissions Class Euro 6d
  • Tyres 225/40R18
  • Mass 1,485 kg
  • Engine Size 1,968 cc
  • Engine Power/Torque 110 kW/360 Nm
  • Published CO2 127 g/km