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