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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
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Five stars overall
Front seats have torso airbags, and they can be added to the rear seats
Since it's updated for the 2013 model year, most of the Audi A4's crash-test scores haven't carried over for the new model year.
The current A4 has been fully crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and it's been given a five-star overall rating. Formerly a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the A4 also hasn't been retested by the insurance industry-funded group.
Standard safety equipment on the A4 includes the mandatory airbags (dual front, side, and curtain) and stability control. Traction control is also standard, and so are active headrests. The back seat has three headrests, in fact, and visibility is quite good in the A4 and in the S4.
Optional or available on higher trim levels in the A4 are a rearview camera; blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems; and adaptive cruise control that can bring the car to a complete stop, provided it's traveling at speeds of less than 20 mph when an obstacle is detected. Its available rear thorax bags are noteworthy as well.
We've given the A4 a preliminary safety rating of 8, as much for the past safety record as for the lack of standard rearview camera and Bluetooth at its price point. Bluetooth is standard on the S4, however.
We'll update this review when more information becomes available.
Great crash-test scores and new safety technology put the A4 near the top of its class.