2002 - Audi A2 - Audi A2 1.4
Adult occupant
Adult occupant
****
26
Child occupant
Child occupant
0
Pedestrian
Pedestrian
*
5


Adult occupant protection
Frontal impact driver
Frontal impact driver
Frontal impact passenger
Frontal impact passenger
Side impact driver
Side impact driver
Pedestrian protection
Pedestrian protection
Legend

Safety equipment
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
seatbelt
Driver frontal airbag
Driver frontal airbag
Front passenger frontal airbag
Front passenger frontal airbag
Side body airbags
Side body airbags
Side head airbags
Side head airbags
Driver knee airbag
Driver knee airbag
Car details
Hand of drive
LHD
Tested model
Audi A2 1.4
Body type
5-door hatchback
Year of publication
2002
Kerb weight
910
VIN from which rating applies
WAZZZ8ZXNO40001
Details
The A2 proved itself to be a capable all-rounder. Its body withstood the frontal crash well, the passenger compartment suffering only minor deformation. The protection it gave in the side impact was also good. Audi asked Euro NCAP to put an A2 fitted with head-protecting curtain airbags through its pole test. It passed but, because these airbags are available as cost-extra options on most models, this result is not shown as part of the findings published here. Protection given by the child restraints was good in places but weak in others, and the cushioning the A2 offered pedestrians in a collision proved disappointing.

Front impact
A front passenger airbag is standard on the A2. Loads on the driver's chest were high but they were acceptable for the passenger. Footwell intrusion was minimal as was the displacement of the screen pillar. While efforts to protect the driver's knees were evident they did not fully satisfy Euro NCAP requirements which, it is acknowledged, is difficult in a such a small car. There was a risk of injury to the driver's knees from contact with unforgiving structures located behind he fascia.

Side impact
The A2 kept its adult occupants safe during this test and returned a maximum score for a car not undergoing the additional, 'pole' test. Audi offers optional head-protecting airbags (curtain) and the company paid for a test to be carried out. The car passed. But, because these were an optional extra, this result is not included here.

Child occupant
The same forward-facing restraints were used for the 3-year-old and 18-month-old. The children's heads were protected in the frontal test but the older child's was not in the side impact. Chest loads on the older child were high in the frontal test and neck loads on his younger sibling were unacceptable. There was a pictogram on the centre pillar and peel-off label on the windscreen. Neither warned against using a rear-facing restraint 0n the front passenger's seat.

Pedestrian
The large windscreen helped the A2 to give some benefit, but overall this proved a poor performance.

New details
The A2 showed himself a capable allrounder.De body withstood the frontal crash with flying colors. The performance in the zijbotsing were fine. A passenger airbag is standard in the A2. In frontal collision, the pressure on the chest of the driver too high, the passenger was this acceptable. In the construction of the A2 is a clear attempt to relate the knees and legs to protect the driver but the result is not entirely satisfactory. This is always a problem with small cars. The A2 pulled into the zijcrash a maximum score for a car without head protection side air bags. These airbags are or as needed. In the frontal collision, the heads of two children well protected but the side-impact shot the head of the oldest in hard back and forth. The pressure on his chest was too high and the pressure on the neck of even the youngest unacceptable.
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