The renowned Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the USA has awarded both the Audi A4 and A6 models its highest rating of “Top Safety Pick”. This makes Audi the only German manufacturer with two prize-winning vehicles.
The IIHS regularly carries out crash tests on behalf of the US insurance industry on passenger vehicles of all kinds to establish their safety standard. Experts and car buyers alike, both within and outside the USA, pay close attention to the results.
The outstanding result for the Audi A4 and A6 is the outcome of a frontal, rear and side crash test which these Audi models completed in the USA. The side impact test represents a particularly challenging part of the IIHS crash test series. In this test, vehicles are struck from the side by a moving barrier at a speed of 31 mph (50 km/h). The barrier is shaped to resemble the front end of a pick-up or SUV. Structural deformation as well as the kinematics and stresses to which passengers are subjected are then evaluated. The outstandingly low loads measured for the A4 and A6 are thanks to their rigid body and standard restraint systems, including the sideguard head airbag.
The risk of whiplash injuries in a rear impact is also evaluated by IIHS. Thanks to the optimised design of the seat structure, seat components and above all the geometry and position of the head restraints, the A4 and A6 achieved the maximum rating in this discipline.
Having an electronic stabilisation program (ESP) as standard also has a positive effect on the rating – and this is indeed the case for all Audi vehicles.