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2014 Audi A6: New Ratings Suggest It's One Of The Safest Sedans

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2014 Audi A6 3.0T

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The Audi A6 has been crash-tested by the federal government for the first time in more than 15 years, and it's achieved top five-star scores in all categories of testing.

That includes top scores for the 2014 A6 in every single subcategory of testing, too—like the side pole rating, and various force measures for a male-size crash-test dummy in the driver seat and a smaller female-size one in the passenger seat.

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Those new ratings apply both to base models with front-wheel drive (technically, the version that was tested), and to those with quattro all-wheel drive.

The last time the A6 was crash tested in the federal NCAP program was back in the mid-1990s, when the 1995-1997 Audi A6 earned five-star scores in both the frontal driver and passenger categories—under old ratings measures that aren't comparable to the current ones.

The 2014 Audi A6 has also been tested by the other major agency that conducts crash tests—the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—and it was found in those tests to earn top 'good' scores in every category, including roof strength. New small-overlap frontal test results aren't yet available for this model, though.

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Some of the active-safety features on offer in the 2014 Audi A6 include parking sensors (front and rear), a rearview camera, blind-spot monitors, a night vision system, and even a head-up display. And with the Driver Assistance Package, you can add adaptive cruise control, a cornering camera system, and a new pre sense system that will cinch seatbelts and slow down when it senses obstacles.

A key rival, the 2014 BMW 5-Series, has also been tested by the feds, and it didn't fare quite as well—earning five stars Overall and in the side-impact category, but only four stars for frontal impact.

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