The new Audi A6 has yet another reason to be revered by its customers as it received the highest possible rating from the Euro NCAP testing authority. The new sedan received an overall five-star rating and concluded that you’d be pretty safe in it in case things went sideways, and you needed all of its safety features at once.
For testing purposes, Euro NCAP used a left-hand drive 40 TDI model without the quattro system. Therefore, we’re looking at a front-wheel drive car, tipping the scale at 1,682 kilos (3,700 lbs). In terms of adult occupant protection, the A6 scored a 93 percent which is really high but understandable since the Audi comes with front airbags, side head, chest and pelvis airbags, as well as other safety systems as standard such as autonomous emergency braking.
In the Euro NCAP’s opinion, the passenger compartment of the A6 remained stable in the frontal offset test. Dummy readings showed good protection for the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger. Audi showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sitting in different positions. In the full-width rigid barrier test, seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters in the front and rear seats ensured adequate protection for the chest. Protection of other critical body areas was good.
In the side barrier test, protection of all critical body areas was good. In the more severe side pole impact, protection of the chest was rated as marginal, based on dummy readings of lateral rib compression. Protection of other parts of the body was good. Tests on the front seats and head restraints demonstrated good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision. A geometric assessment of the rear seats also indicated good whiplash protection. The autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system performed well in tests of its functionality at the low speeds, typical of city driving, at which many whiplash injuries are caused.
The A6 has a ‘pop-up’ bonnet, for additional pedestrian protection. Sensors detect when a pedestrian has been hit and actuators lift the bonnet to provide greater clearance to the hard structures in the engine compartment. Audi showed that the system deployed robustly for different pedestrian statures and over a range of speed so the car was tested with the bonnet in the raised position.
Good or adequate results were recorded at almost all test locations. The bumper scored maximum points for its protection of pedestrian legs, with good results recorded at all test locations. Protection of the pelvis was mixed. The AEB system can detect vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. In tests of this functionality, the system performed well, with collisions avoided or mitigated in almost all tests.