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2006 Audi A6

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  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    A
  • Head restraints & seats
    A
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
Programmable daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
A
G
2010
G
G
A
G
2009
G
G
A
G
2008
G
G
A
G
2007
G
G
A
G
2006
G
G
A
A
2005
G
G
A
A
2004
A
2003
A
2002
A
2001
A
2000
A
1999
A
1998
A

Applies to 2005-11 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
A
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 A6 was redesigned for the 2005 model year.

The frontal offset crash test ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the A6, known as the A6 Avant, beginning with 2006 models.

Injury measures

Injury 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 the left femur indicate that upper leg injuries would be possible. Head acceleration from the roof rail/grab handle hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail and grab handle.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2005 Audi A6 3.2 quattro 4-door 4wd
Weight 4,109 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase112 in.
Length194 in.
Width73 in.
Engine3.2 L V6
EPA ratings19 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0523
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)6
Left (cm)7
Center (cm)8
Right (cm)9
Brake pedal (cm)2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)2
Right (cm)4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)4
Rearward (cm)1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0523
Head
HIC-15220
Peak gs at hard contact16
Neck
Tension (kN)1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm)14
Maximum Nij 0.32
Chest maximum compression (mm)30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)7.2
Femur force - right (kN)6.5
Knee displacement - left (mm)10
Knee displacement - right (mm)2
Maximum tibia index - left0.66
Maximum tibia index - right0.59
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left58
Right75

Applies to 2005-11 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 A6 was redesigned for the 2005 model year.

The side impact crash test ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the A6, known as the A6 Avant, beginning with 2006 models.

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 vehicle2005 Audi A6 3.2 quattro 4-door 4wd
Weight 4,076 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase112 in.
Length194 in.
Width73 in.
Engine3.2 L V6
EPA ratings19 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0512
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.
-12.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0512
Head HIC-15252
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Compression (kN)0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)43
Lateral force (kN)1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)27
Average deflection (mm)21
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.24
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.40
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.3
Acetabulum force (kN)2.2
Combined force (kN)4.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.1
L-M moment (Nm)62
A-P moment (Nm) 32

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0512
Head HIC-15119
Neck
Tension (kN)0.0
Compression (kN)0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)38
Lateral force (kN)1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)27
Average deflection (mm)16
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.73
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.39
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.2
Acetabulum force (kN)1.9
Combined force (kN)2.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)131
A-P moment (Nm) -23

Applies to 2005-11 models

Overall evaluation
A
Curb weight3,855 lbs
Peak force14,701 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio3.81
Tested vehicle
2010 Audi A6 3.2 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 2005-07 models built before December 2006

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

Seat type

All seats (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat typeAll seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)62
Distance below top of head (mm)55
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)13.4
Head contact time (ms)69
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)171
Max neck tension (N)726

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