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SAFETY | 8 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 2015 Audi A6 is one of the safest sedans on the market, no matter the price.
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.
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 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 tested the A6, and it earned top five-star scores in every test category (and subcategory).
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.
Crash-test scores have been good, and the A6 has tech like blind-spot monitors on order.