1998 Audi A6

large luxury car / 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front

Key

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

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Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 1998-2004 models

Tested vehicle: 1999 Audi A6 quattro 4-door 4wd

The Audi A6 was redesigned for the 1998 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver 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.

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 reasonably well, although there was too much upward movement of the steering wheel.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the dummy's head hit the head restraint after rebounding from the airbag. The good dummy motion throughout the crash was marred only by excessive upward movement of the steering wheel.

Intrusion contributed to the possibility of injury to both lower legs.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF99017
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 CF99017
Head
HIC-15 168
Peak gs at hard contact no 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 - left 1.02
Maximum tibia index - right 1.03
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 0.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 71
Right 84

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted