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2010 Audi A4

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  • Small overlap front
    P
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
P
G
G
G
G
2013
P
G
G
G
G
2012
P
G
G
G
G
2011
P
G
G
G
G
2010
P
G
G
G
G
2009
P
G
G
G
G
2008
G
G
G
2007
G
G
G
2006
G
G
A
2005
G
G
M
2004
G
P
2003
G
2002
G

Applies to 2009-14 models

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

The Audi A4 was redesigned for the 2009 model year. Two tests of the A4 were conducted because, in the first test, the vehicle's electrical system did not deploy the airbags due to a crash test preparation error. As a result, ratings for restraints and dummy kinematics and dummy injuries are based only on the second test. Structural ratings are based on both tests.

Structure

The driver's space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Footwell intrusion measured as much as 28 cm at the footrest and the instrument panel intruded 25-28 cm. The steering column was pushed back 13 cm toward the driver.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left hip would be likely in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

In the second test, the dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but slid off the left side as the steering column moved 18 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure and resulting in little airbag cushioning for the chest. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The driver door opened during the crash, which shouldn't happen because the driver could be partly or completely ejected from the vehicle.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2012 Audi A4 2.0T 4-door 2wd
Weight 3,521 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase111 in.
Length185 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1208CEN1212
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)2724
Footrest (cm)2926
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)2018
Brake pedal (cm)1010
Parking brake (cm)00
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)43
Steering column13
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)2624
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)3026
Lower instrument panel (cm)3123

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1212
Head
HIC-1589
Peak gs at hard contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm)5
Maximum Nij 0.33
Chest maximum compression (mm)31
Femur (kN)
Left8.6
Right1.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left1
Right6
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left53
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left0.63
Right0.62
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left1.6
Right1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left90
Right98

Applies to 2009-14 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 2009 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen/Audi as part of frontal crash test verification.

The frontal offset crash test ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the A4, known as the A4 Avant, also redesigned for 2009.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head accelerations from the sunvisor, roof, and grab handle hits were low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, it rebounded into the seat with its head grazing the sunvisor, roof, and grab handle above the deployed side airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2009 Audi A4 2.0T quattro 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,587 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase111 in.
Length185 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF0813
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)1
Left (cm)2
Center (cm)2
Right (cm)3
Brake pedal (cm)3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-2
Rearward (cm)6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0813
Head
HIC-15164
Peak gs at hard contact16
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm)47
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm)39
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.3
Femur force - right (kN)0.4
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.36
Maximum tibia index - right0.40
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left65
Right66

Applies to 2009-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
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 2009 model year. The side impact crash test ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the A4, known as the A4 Avant, also redesigned for 2009.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

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 vehicle2009 Audi A4 2.0T quattro 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,675 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase111 in.
Length185 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0843
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.
-13.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0843
Head HIC-15234
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Compression (kN)0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)39
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)46
Average deflection (mm)37
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.58
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.89
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.9
Acetabulum force (kN)1.7
Combined force (kN)4.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)150
A-P moment (Nm) 42

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0843
Head HIC-15114
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)24
Lateral force (kN)1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)24
Average deflection (mm)21
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)1.66
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.21
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.1
Acetabulum force (kN)2.6
Combined force (kN)2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.2
L-M moment (Nm)163
A-P moment (Nm) -58

Applies to 2009-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,523 lbs
Peak force16,197 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.60
Tested vehicle
2010 Audi A4 2.0 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 2009-14 models built after September 2008

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 seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)36
Distance below top of head (mm)23
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)13.9
Head contact time (ms)53
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)11
Max neck tension (N)307

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