Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have crash-tested the 2011 Audi A4. In IIHS testing, the A4 earns the highest ratings possible in all tests, and it's a Top Safety Pick. And in the new, revised federal tests for 2011, the A4 gets four stars overall but five stars for side impact and an even more impressive five-star score in the new Side Pole test, which simulates a sideways collision against a tree or utility pole.
Safety equipment includes standard airbags all around, as well as traction and stability control. Safety options include a rearview camera, blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems, and adaptive cruise control.
Visibility in both the wagon and sedan is quite good, even with the backseat's three headrests in the upright position.