The 2011 Audi A5 has yet to be crash-tested, but we're giving it a high safety score based on Audi's long history of performance in this engineering niche, and also for the lengthy standard safety gear fitted in each example.
Neither the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) nor the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has crash-tested the 2011 Audi A5 Coupe or Cabriolet. And unlike years past, prior scores don't carry over, because both the federal and insurance-industry agencies have changed their rating criteria.
The A5 comes with dual front and side airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control. Curtain airbags are omitted on the Cabriolet for obvious reasons, but they're present on the Coupe model. On the Cabrio, Audi fits larger side airbags as well as pop-up roll bars that deploy when the vehicle's sensors detect a rollover.
A lane-departure warning system, a blind-spot warning system, radar-based cruise control, adaptive headlamps, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors are options on the A5 lineup. It's a little surprising to see some of these left off the standard-equipment list, at the A5's price point. Visibility is very good in the A5 Coupe, a little less so in the Cabriolet when the roof is raised. Still, the optional rearview camera and reverse parking sensors are welcome features, since the A5 does have somewhat thick roof pillars and a small rear window.