The new 2017 Audi A4 has aced the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's barrage of crash tests, representing a massive improvement over its predecessor.
The A4 received top marks in all IIHS crash tests, including the small-overlap frontal test that simulates an offset head-on collision.
In comparison, the previous A4 received a "poor" rating, IIHS' lowest, in the demanding small-overlap test.
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The group also commended the A4 for its standard Pre Sense City collision avoidance system, which automatically brakes the vehicle in very low speed situations. Opt for the available Driver Assistance package and IIHS says that the car's collision avoidance technology is rated "superior," its highest-possible scoring.
IIHS only marked down the A4 for its headlight performance, which the independent, insurance industry-funded group said were "acceptable" on range-topping Prestige trim levels equipped with the optional Driver Assistance package. Those headlights are LEDs, while the Premium trim level's HIDs were rated "marginal."
This latest A4 rides on Audi and parent company Volkswagen's latest MLB 2 architecture, which has performed well in crash tests so far. The Audi Q7 crossover recently aced its IIHS evaluation as well, and although we don't expect IIHS to test the Bentley Bentayga any time soon, it's safe to assume it would do well in the same tests.
The A4 joins the Lexus ES 350, Volvo S60/V60, BMW 2-Series, and Audi A3 among entry-level luxury cars awarded a Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS.