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2013 Audi A6

Large luxury car

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
autobrake
not tested
with optional
equipment
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Driver and front passenger knee airbags: separate airbags in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
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 2012-14 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 A6 was redesigned for the 2012 model year. 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. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

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

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2012 Audi A6 2.0 4-door 2wd
Weight 3,891 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase115 in.
Length194 in.
Width74 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 IDVTF1023
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)1
Left (cm)2
Center (cm)2
Right (cm)1
Brake pedal (cm)3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)3
Rearward (cm)6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1023
Head
HIC-15266
Peak gs at hard contact13.000000
Neck
Tension (kN)1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm)10
Maximum Nij 0.31
Chest maximum compression (mm)24
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.2
Femur force - right (kN)1.4
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)2
Maximum tibia index - left0.36
Maximum tibia index - right0.44
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left66
Right93

Applies to 2012-14 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 A6 was redesigned for the 2012 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 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 vehicle2012 Audi A6 2.0 4-door 2wd
Weight 3,891 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase115 in.
Length194 in.
Width74 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 IDVTS1016
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 IDVTS1016
Head HIC-15614
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)40
Lateral force (kN)1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)45
Average deflection (mm)41
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.19
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.69
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.0
Acetabulum force (kN)1.6
Combined force (kN)3.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)34
A-P moment (Nm) 72

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1016
Head HIC-15180
Neck
Tension (kN)0.4
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)38
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)31
Average deflection (mm)24
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.93
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.44
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.3
Acetabulum force (kN)2.6
Combined force (kN)2.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)26
A-P moment (Nm) 46

Applies to 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,734 lbs
Peak force18,314 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.90
Tested vehicle
2012 Audi A6 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 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings 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)25
Distance below top of head (mm)27
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)13.0
Head contact time (ms)58
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)356

Applies to 2013-14 models

System details

  • Optional Audi pre sense front

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Basic
autobrake
not tested
with optional
equipment
1 point total

Forward collision warning

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

Low-speed autobrake

Autobrake not tested.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Autobrake not tested.
0 points

How this rating is determined

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