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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Four stars, frontal impact rating; five stars, side driver impact; four stars, side pas-senger impact
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact
“Antilock brakes have electronic brake-force distribution”
German vehicles have long boasted a strong reputation for safety, and the 2008 Audi S4 is no exception. The 2008 Audi S4 excels in both crash testing and safety features, and there’s little more you could ask for from this Audi 2008 edition.
The Audi S4 has been crash tested by both the NHTSA and the IIHS, and the two groups report results that range from good to great. The NHTSA is largely impressed with the 2008 Audi S4 and has awarded it four of a possible five stars in both front impact tests, as well as their side passenger impact test. The Audi S4 also earned a perfect five-star safety rating from the NHTSA for its side driver impact protection. The IIHS is even more taken with the Audi S4’s tough engineering and gives the Audi 2008 S4 the Institute’s highest possible rating, "good," in both the frontal offset impact and side impact categories. Furthermore, the IIHS found the Audi S4 so impressive that they awarded it one of their Top Safety Pick awards for 2008, citing its “good performance in front, side, and rear tests and standard electronic stability control.”
In addition to its crashworthiness ratings, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the 2008 Audi S4 boasts quite a few standard safety features. ConsumerGuide reviewers observe that standard safety features on the 2008 Audi S4 include “dual front airbags, front side airbags,” and “curtain side airbags.” Cars.com adds that the standard “antilock brakes have electronic brake-force distribution,” and the “height-adjustable front seat belts have load limiters.” Edmunds rounds out the standard features list by reporting that “stability control” is included on all 2008 Audi S4 models, while Kelley Blue Book points out “rear side-impact airbags” are available as an optional feature.
The prodigious use of glass in the 2008 Audi S4’s upper body makes for pretty good visibility from the driver’s seat. However, Audi still sees it necessary to offer a “rear-obstacle-detection system,” according to ConsumerGuide, since nobody likes to dent their car in the parking lot (or run over a loose child, for that matter).
Excellent crash scores and safety features make the 2008 Audi S4 a safe ha-ven for concerned drivers.