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2017 Audi A4

Midsize luxury car
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    G
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment

Headlights
A
with optional
equipment

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Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2017
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2016
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2015
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2014
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2013
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2012
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Audi A4 was redesigned for the 2017 model year.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 7 cm at the footrest. Upper interior intrusion measured 3 cm at the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2017 Audi A4 2.0T Premium 4-door 2wd
Weight 3,480 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase111 in.
Length186 in.
Width73 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1614
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)4
Footrest (cm)7
Left toepan (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)4
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)1
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)3
Upper dash (cm)3
Lower instrument panel (cm)3

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1614
Head
HIC-15171
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm)6
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm)30
Femur (kN)
Left1.3
Right0.4
Knee displacement (mm)
Left1
Right2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left0
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left0.42
Right0.52
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left2.5
Right1.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left93
Right70

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Audi A4 was redesigned for the 2017 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen/Audi as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2017 Audi A4 2.0T Premium 4-door 2wd
Weight 3,483 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase111 in.
Length186 in.
Width73 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1610
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)1
Left (cm)1
Center (cm)1
Right (cm)1
Brake pedal (cm)1
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-1
Rearward (cm)-3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1610
Head
HIC-15161
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm)8
Maximum Nij 0.17
Chest maximum compression (mm)25
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.3
Femur force - right (kN)0.4
Knee displacement - left (mm)2
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.40
Maximum tibia index - right0.30
Tibia axial force - left (kN)3.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left63
Right50

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Audi A4 was redesigned for the 2017 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen/Audi as part of side crash test verification.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2017 Audi A4 2.0T Premium quattro 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,516 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase111 in.
Length186 in.
Width73 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings24 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1609
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-19.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1609
Head HIC-15453
Neck
Tension (kN)0.9
Compression (kN)0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)32
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)32
Average deflection (mm)28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.85
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.49
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.8
Acetabulum force (kN)1.1
Combined force (kN)1.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.2
L-M moment (Nm)93
A-P moment (Nm) 35

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1609
Head HIC-15129
Neck
Tension (kN)0.2
Compression (kN)0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)35
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)30
Average deflection (mm)24
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)6.22
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.83
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.5
Acetabulum force (kN)2.0
Combined force (kN)2.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)47
A-P moment (Nm) -17

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,471 lbs
Peak force18,540 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.34
Tested vehicle
2017 Audi A4 2.0T Premium 4-door 2wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power leather seat

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm)25
Distance below top of head (mm)14
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.1
Head contact time (ms)64
Force rating1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)429

Applies to 2017 models

System details

  • Optional Audi pre sense front

Package name

  • Optional Driver assistance package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
6 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 22 mph.
3 points

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2017 models

System details

  • Standard Audi pre sense city

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
5 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 22 mph.
2 points

Tested vehicle

2017 Audi A4 2.0T Premium 4-door 2wd

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • Prestige trim equipped with Driver Assistance package
Low-beam headlight typeLED projector
High-beam headlight typeLED reflector
Curve-adaptive?No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?Yes
Overall rating
A
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never created excessive glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the sharp right curve and inadequate on both left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Premium trim
Low-beam headlight typeHID projector
High-beam headlight typeHID projector
Curve-adaptive?No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?No
Overall rating
M
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

Glare from the low beams was excessive on both right curves.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Premium Plus trim
  • Prestige trim
Low-beam headlight typeLED projector
High-beam headlight typeLED reflector
Curve-adaptive?No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?No
Overall rating
M
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never created excessive glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the sharp right curve and inadequate on both left curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Prestige trim equipped with Driver Assistance package
Low-beam headlight typeLED projector
High-beam headlight typeLED reflector
Curve-adaptive?No
High-beam assist?Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
A
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge72.6 mYes
Straightaway left edge52.4 mYes
250m radius right curve, right edge69.1 mYes
250m radius left curve, right edge46.4 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge59.2 mYes
150m radius left curve, left edge49.5 mYes
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge158.1 m
Straightaway left edge118.0 m
250m radius right curve, right edge77.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge65.0 m
150m radius right curve, right edge61.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge53.2 m

Trim level(s)
  • Premium trim
Low-beam headlight typeHID projector
High-beam headlight typeHID projector
Curve-adaptive?No
High-beam assist?No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
M
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge120.8 mYes
Straightaway left edge60.3 mYes
250m radius right curve, right edge56.2 mNo
250m radius left curve, left edge52.7 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge45.6 mNo
150m radius left curve, left edge44.7 mYes
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge143.0 m
Straightaway left edge95.4 m
250m radius right curve, right edge56.2 m
250m radius left curve, left edge53.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge45.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge44.8 m

Trim level(s)
  • Premium Plus trim
  • Prestige trim
Low-beam headlight typeLED projector
High-beam headlight typeLED reflector
Curve-adaptive?No
High-beam assist?No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
M
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge72.6 mYes
Straightaway left edge52.4 mYes
250m radius right curve, right edge69.1 mYes
250m radius left curve, right edge46.4 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge59.2 mYes
150m radius left curve, left edge49.5 mYes
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge158.1 m
Straightaway left edge118.0 m
250m radius right curve, right edge77.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge65.0 m
150m radius right curve, right edge61.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge53.2 m

1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver and front passenger knee airbags: separate airbags in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Programmable daytime running lights

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