And there are a number of more advanced features in the A8 that are likely to help reduce the severity of a crash, even if you don't manage to avoid it. For instance, all A8 models include automatic emergency braking, which activates to lessen the impact of a collision it deems unavoidable, and a Pre Sense system adjusts seats, cinches seatbelts, and adjusts ride height to the safest position, while partially braking to lessen the severity. There's also a braking guard feature that warns the driver with a chime and jolt of the brakes. And whenever the accelerator is released abruptly, the brake system now primes itself and cleans the brake discs for best stopping response.
The 2012 Audi A8 hasn't yet been crash-tested by either of the two major U.S. safety organizations, and because of its rather low-volume status, it might not. But it has all the fundamentals for a very safe, large sedan, including a strong aluminum space-frame structure, an extensive array of airbags (including front knee bags), and an advanced stability control system.