2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet

midsize convertible / 2-door convertible

2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet 2-door convertible
2007 Audi A4 Cabriolet shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2007-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2007 Audi A4 Cabriolet 2.0T 2-door convertible

The Audi A4 Cabriolet was redesigned for the 2003 model year. Knee airbags in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes were added beginning with 2007 models.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

During rebound, the dummy's head hit only the head restraint, as indicated by smeared greasepaint.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low. The deployed driver knee airbag is clearly visible.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0707
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4
Left (cm) 4
Center (cm) 5
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0
Rearward (cm) -2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0707
Head
HIC-15 242
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) no data
Maximum Nij 0.00
Chest maximum compression (mm) 37
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.5
Femur force - right (kN) 1.4
Knee displacement - left (mm) 3
Knee displacement - right (mm) 3
Maximum tibia index - left 0.30
Maximum tibia index - right 0.41
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 42
Right 53

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2003-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2007 Audi A4 Cabriolet 2.0T 2-door convertible with standard front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags

The Audi A4 Cabriolet was redesigned for the 2003 model year.

Rating applies to 2003-09 models

Tested vehicle:2007 Audi A4 Cabriolet 2.0T 2-door convertible

The Audi A4 Cabriolet was redesigned for the 2003 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
The dummy's head was hit by the interior side trim. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with door removed, showing the side airbag, pop-up rollover bars, and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbag.

Smeared yellow, red, and green greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was hit by the interior side trim.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0709
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -17.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0709
Head HIC-15 306
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 56
Lateral force (kN) 1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 55
Average deflection (mm) 49
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 6.64
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 1.47
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.8
Combined force (kN) 2.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 255
A-P moment (Nm) 48

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0709
Head HIC-15 502
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.9
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 26
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 18
Average deflection (mm) 13
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 1.83
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.18
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.0
Combined force (kN) 3.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 73
A-P moment (Nm) -21

How the side crash test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2003-09 models

Seat type: Power leather seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 68
Distance below top of head (mm) 42
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.9
Head contact time (ms) 90
Force rating 3
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 184
Max neck tension (N) 977

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted