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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars Overall; five stars frontal; five stars side; five stars rollover
'Good,' frontal impact, 'good,' side impact, 'good,' roof strength, 'good,' rear impact
Adaptive cruise control with Stop/Go capability, night vision with pedestrian detection, and full LED headlights are just some of the trick features available on the A6.
The Audi A6 has some of the best crash-test scores among sedans, of any price.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the A6 "good" ratings for front-, side-, and rear-impact tests, as well as in the roof strength test, but it hasn't been subjected to the IIHS' new small-overlap test yet.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also this year tested the A6 for the first time in more than 15 years, and the A6 earned top five-star scores in every test category (and subcategory).
Every A6 has standard front, side and curtain airbags. Anti-lock brakes are standard, as well as traction and stability control. A Bluetooth hands-free interface is standard. We'd also, in a some cases, figure Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system as safety-related; it's not available on four-cylinder A6 sedans, but it's standard on six-cylinder cars. Blind-spot monitors are now standard on all A6 cars from the Prestige trim level and up.The A6 offers all the active-safety features you'll find on its luxury peers from Mercedes-Benz and BMW--including front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitors, a night-vision system, and a head-up display.
Audi's presense system tenses seatbelts and prepares the car when it detects an imminent collision. Couple that with the A6's available adaptive cruise control, and the A6 can completely slow down and accelerate when it senses obstacles changing speeds in the lane ahead.
All the latest safety technology--including adaptive cruise, pre sense, and a new cornering-camera system-are bundled in a Driver Assistance package.We've found outward visibility to be excellent to the front, and better than other cars of this type thanks to the rather low beltline and large glass areas--although the stubby decklid still makes the rearview camera system useful.
The IIHS calls the A6 a Top Safety Pick, and Audi now makes blind-spot monitors more widely available.