March 2, 2001

Audi A4 in Euro NCAP Crash Test: Four Stars for Safety

Ingolstadt -- The new Audi A4 saloon has achieved a magnificent result in the Euro NCAP crash test: high rankings in the side crash and pole impact categories and good performance in the frontal crash combined to earn it the coveted four-star rating. The German automobile club ADAC put the new Audi model through its paces on its own crash test rig, and confirms: "It's a very safe car and earned its four stars with ease!"

The Euro NCAP crash test is regarded throughout Europe as the toughest and most highly regarded method of assessing a car's passive safety. Against this backdrop an independent European consortium of automobile clubs, automobile associations and consumer protection organisations have reached agreement on a comprehensive passenger-car test procedure. This includes an offset frontal crash at a speed of 64 km/h against a deformable barrier and a 50 km/h side crash. A third and particularly formidable test investigates the car's behaviour on impact against a pole at 29 km/h.

The new A4 performed outstandingly well in this respect, in particular because of its SIDEGUARD head-level airbag system. The ADAC confirmed that the new saloon had "most gratifyingly low head impact values" and commented that "the seat structure helped to prevent any penetration of the occupants' survival zone."

There was equally high praise for the car's side crash behaviour: "The A4 demonstrated its true qualities when struck from the side at 50 km/h. The rigidity of the bodyshell and the combined performance of the side and head airbags both made a major contribution to the result."

The ADAC club's conclusion: the Audi A4 is "currently one of the strongest contenders for the elusive fifth star" - a result that no car has so far succeeded in achieving.