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13th March, 2015

The new Audi TT has been awarded only a four star overall safety rating by EuroNCAP.



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The third generation TT went on sale across Europe in 2014, surprisingly without a safety rating for the European market. Euro NCAP has taken the initiative to put the car to the test themselves ans a RHD model was sourced from the UK.

The Audi TT managed to gain four stars overall, amongst other reasons due to the lack of latest advanced technologies such as autonomous emergency braking. This important technology is becoming more common and is already available on many other models in the Audi range.

The Audi TT is the first car tested by Euro NCAP under the new 2015 rating rules that use new and updated test protocols and crash test dummies. A new full-width rigid barrier frontal test has been added to complement the frontal offset deformable test. The full-width test specifies, for the first time in any European crash test, a small female driver and rear seat passenger. In recent years car structures have become stiffer, which has helped to reduce lower leg and head injuries as the passenger compartment is less prone to collapse. Higher structural stiffness however also means higher comportment decelerations that need to be dealt with by the restraint systems in the front and rear seats during the crash. These decelerations can lead to severe injuries, especially to the chest of the more vulnerable, smaller or elderly occupants.

Michiel van Ratingen, EuroNCAP Secretary General said: "The scores obtained in the new full width impact test will provide further information on how safe occupants of different stature really are and will provide an incentive to improve the restraint systems in cars."


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