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2016 Audi A6 Named an IIHS Top Safety Pick +

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/24/2015 Karla Sanchez

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the 2016 Audi A6 with the Top Safety Pick + designation, calling its performance in the small overlap test “stellar.”

2016 Audi A6 Named an IIHS Top Safety Pick +

While the IIHS notes that the A6 already had good ratings in all the other tests including the moderate overlap front and roof strength tests, the modifications it underwent for the small overlap safety test helped it perform extremely well in that specific test. The IIHS says the driver’s space was maintained well, with a maximum intrusion of 4 inches at the foot rest. The dummy’s movement was well-controlled during the crash, with the side curtain airbags protecting the dummy’s head from contact with the side structure and outside objects. Measurements taken from the dummy showed that there’s a low risk of significant injuries from a crash of that magnitude, helping it earn a good rating and an overall IIHS Top Safety Pick + award. It’s important to note, however, that the good small overlap rating only applies to A6 models built after January. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

The A6 also received an advanced rating for its optional front crash prevention system. The IIHS said that the automatic braking function reduced the A6’s speed by an average of 10 mph in lower-speed tests, however, in higher-speed tests, the speed was only reduced by 1 mph. Either way, the front crash prevention system received an overall advanced rating with three points total.

Other safety features that helped the 2016 A6 earn the top IIHS designation included a rollover sensor, driver and front passenger knee airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and daytime running lights. Competitors that also earned Top Safety Pick + status include the 2015 Volvo S60, Infiniti Q50, and Acura TLX.

Source: IIHS

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