It looks like Audi isn't just improving the looks and performance of the A4. They also improved on the previous generations safety, bringing its poor rating in the small overlap front crash up to a good one. In comparison, the 2016 3 Series also got a good review, but only managed to pull out a marginal rating in the same test. Maybe we'll see a better performance out of the G20.
From the IIHS press release:
The redesigned Audi A4 secures a TOP SAFETY PICK+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety by offering good protection in a small overlap front crash and a superior-rated, standard front crash prevention system.
The previous generation of the luxury midsize car rated poor in the small overlap evaluation. In that test, the structure didn't hold up, with intrusion into the driver's space reaching 11 inches at the footwell and the instrument panel. The steering column moved toward the driver and to the right, and the dummy's head slipped off the left side of the airbag. The driver door opened, which would put the driver at risk of ejection in a real crash.
In contrast, the 2017 A4 had maximum intrusion of only 3 inches at the footrest. The dummy's head hit the front airbag and stayed there until rebound.
Like its predecessor, the 2017 model earns good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.
The redesigned model has a superior-rated, standard front crash prevention system - a step up from the advanced-rated system that was only available as an option on earlier models. In the 12 mph IIHS track test, the vehicle avoided a collision. In the 25 mph track test, impact speed was reduced by an average of 22 mph. The system also has a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.
A different, optional front crash prevention system available on the A4 also earns a superior rating.
To qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must have good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests and an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating.
The Institute's new headlight ratings aren't yet part of the awards criteria. When equipped with LED headlights and high-beam assist, a feature that automatically switches between high beams and low beams based on the presence of other vehicles, the A4 earns an acceptable rating for headlights. All other headlight combinations on the A4 earn a marginal rating.
Check out how BMW's 3 Series performed in the small overlap test here!
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