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2004 Audi A6

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  • Moderate overlap front
    A
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted torso airbags; front and rear head curtain airbags added (standard, 2001-04 models; optional, 2000 models); rear door-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Electronic stability control (standard on 2002-04 models, optional on 2000-01 models)
3
Antilock brakes
Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2015
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2014
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2013
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2012
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2004
A
Crash avoidance rating
2003
A
Crash avoidance rating
2002
A
Crash avoidance rating
2001
A
Crash avoidance rating
2000
A
Crash avoidance rating
1999
A
Crash avoidance rating
1998
A
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 1998-2004 models

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

The Audi A6 was redesigned for the 1998 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on both tibias indicate that injuries to the lower legs would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. After moving forward into the airbag, the dummy rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury. There was too much upward movement of the steering wheel.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1999 Audi A6 quattro 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,765 lbs.
Side airbagsfront seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase109 in.
Length192 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.8 L V6
EPA ratings17 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)12
Left (cm)20
Center (cm)19
Right (cm)13
Brake pedal (cm)10
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)-7
Right (cm)-9
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)10
Rearward (cm)2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)3

Driver injury measures

Test ID
Head
HIC-15168
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)24
Maximum Nij 0.31
Chest maximum compression (mm)29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)4.2
Femur force - right (kN)6.9
Knee displacement - left (mm)3
Knee displacement - right (mm)2
Maximum tibia index - left1.02
Maximum tibia index - right1.03
Tibia axial force - left (kN)0.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left71
Right84

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