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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
All A5s are fitted with front, front-side, side-curtain and knee airbags
Kelley Blue Book
A blind-spot warning system is optional
Neither NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) nor the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has crash-tested the 2009 Audi A5. However, the new Audi A4 has a similar body structure and receives top ratings in crash tests from NHTSA and the IIHS. The Audi A5 also has a long list of standard safety gear: "Antilock brakes, stability and traction control," Edmunds reports. Kelley Blue Book notes, "All A5s are fitted with front, front-side, side-curtain and knee airbags."
Optional daytime running lights (in the Premium package) consist of a line of ultra-bright LEDs around the front headlamps and are sure to get you noticed. A couple of changes for 2009 add safety to the A5. One is what Audi calls "Side Assist," which is essentially a blind-spot monitoring and warning system. And the navigation system now comes with voice control. So there's a little less fiddling with the knob and buttons of the MMI while driving.
"Visibility is surprisingly good in all directions," notes ConsumerGuide, unless you're very short and the high beltline and short windows impede your view of immediate surroundings. But an optional rearview camera helps mitigate this somewhat (at least when reversing).
Based on its long list of standard safety features and crash-test information available for its sedan sibling, the 2009 Audi A5 should give excellent protection.