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2012 Audi A5 Safety

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There aren't crash test ratings from either of the U.S. safety agencies for the Audi A5—and there likely won't be, given its rather low sales volume. But given its lengthy and comprehensive list of safety gear, we're confident that it should offer good occupant protection and accident avoidance.

Dual front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control are all included in every A5. Curtain airbags are omitted on the Cabriolet for obvious reasons, but they're present on the Coupe model. To make up for that, Audi fits larger side airbags on the Cabrio, as well as pop-up roll bars that deploy when the vehicle's sensors detect a rollover.

A long list of passive and active safety features—as well as a number of advanced-tech options—assure that you're getting about the same level of safety in the A5 Coupe as you would in Audi's sedans.

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.

If you're willing to invest some extra money in safety-tech, you can option up to a lane-departure warning system, a blind-spot warning system, radar-based cruise control, adaptive headlamps, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

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