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front, front-side, side-curtain and knee airbags
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A blind-spot warning system is optional
With its latest major refresh, the Audi A5 lineup has all the safety technology that can be expected in its class, though most of it remains on the options list. What it doesn't have are crash-test scores under the current regimen.
Back in 2011, both of the major safety agencies altered their testing procedures. So far, the 2013 Audi A5 hasn't been re-tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Given its mid-life-cycle status, its low sales volume and its relatively high sticker price, there likely won't be any performed either. With Audi's reputation for safety, and the A5's lengthy and comprehensive list of safety gear, we're betting the coupe and convertible will provide good occupant protection and accident avoidance.
Each A5 (or S5 or RS 5) comes with dual front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control. Curtain airbags are left off the Cabriolet for obvious reasons, but Audi does install bigger side airbags on the convertibles along with pop-up roll bars that deploy when sensors detect a rollover is imminent.
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.
Audi adds more safety technology to the pile on this year's A5 lineup, but crash-test scores aren't in yet.