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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front and side impacts
Not yet tested
Front seats have torso airbags, and they can be added to the rear seats
The 2010 Audi S4 hasn't yet been fully crash-tested, but the automaker boasts a strong safety pedigree and loads the S4 with enough safety features that TheCarConnection.com's editors are comfortable giving the S4 a high safety score.
Although the IIHS has not yet tested the 2010 Audi S4, NHTSA has crash-tested the nearly identical Audi A4, and the results were undeniably impressive. In both the driver's side and passenger's side frontal impact tests, the 2010 Audi S4 earned the agency's highest-possible five-star rating. The 2010 Audi S4 also earned five stars in both of NHTSA's side-impact tests, placing the S4 in rare company as one of few cars to earn five stars in all possible NHTSA impact tests. Stay tuned to TheCarConnection.com for the latest on the IIHS's crash-test results for the Audi S4.
Safety ratings involve a lot more than just crash tests, and the 2010 Audi S4 delivers a lot more than simply a strong frame and chassis. Motor Trend reports that, "in addition to the usual array of safety equipment, the 2010 Audi S4 offers features such as adaptive cruise control...and a braking guard that warns of potential rear-end collisions." Cars.com lists "torso airbags" as one of the Audi S4's major safety features, noting "they can be added to the rear seats as an option." The 2010 Audi S4 also comes with the security of Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system, as well as an electronic stability system and optional Side Assist blind-spot awareness system.
The 2010 Audi S4 has extensive safety features, but hasn't been tested yet by the IIHS.