The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just named the redesigned 2012 Audi A6 large luxury sedan a Top Safety Pick.
The A6 earned its status as a result of good performance in all four of the IIHS’s safety evaluations (front, side, rollover and rear crash tests). In the Institute’s evaluation of roof strength, the A6 withstood a force equal to 4.9 times the car’s weight. The roof strength test evaluates how well the occupant compartment holds up in a rollover crash. Vehicles that have a strength-to-weight ratio of 4 or higher earn a “good” rating.
Electronic stability control (ESC), previously a requirement to earn Top Safety Pick status, is standard equipment on the A6. ESC is required by federal regulation to be standard equipment on all passenger vehicles as of September 1, 2011.
Besides the A6, Audi has three other vehicles in its current lineup that have earned Top Safety Pick status: the 2011 A3 (in the mid-size moderately-priced cars category), the A4 (mid-size luxury/near luxury cars), and the Q5 (mid-size luxury SUVs).