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Audi A6

Rating
Score
ADULT OCCUPANT
*****
33
Front: 13
Side: 16
Seatbelt reminder: 2
Pole: 2
CHILD OCCUPANT
****
39
PEDESTRIAN
*
3


 
Adult occupant protection
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Adequate, Upper leg right: Adequate, Upper leg left: Adequate, Lower leg right: Adequate, Lower leg left: Good, Right foot: Good, Left foot: Good
Frontal impact driver
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Good, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Marginal, Lower leg right: Good, Lower leg left: Good
Frontal impact passenger
Head: Good, Chest: Good, Abdomen: Good, Pelvis: Good
Side impact driver

Child restraints
18 month old ChildFair BimboFix Type II, rearward facing
3 year old ChildFair BimboFix Type II, forward facing
Pedestrian protection
No image car front available

Safety equipment
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Driver frontal airbag
Front passenger frontal airbag
Side body airbags
Side head airbags
Driver knee airbag
Car details
Hand of driveLHD
Tested modelAudi A6 2.0 Tdi
Body typesaloon
Year of publication2004
Kerb weight1540
VIN from which rating appliesall new A6s

Comments
The A6’s body is extremely strong and its stable passenger cell protected its adult occupants well. The car protected its child occupants but did little to keep pedestrians from harm.

Front impact
The body suffered minimal deformation and the driver’s door could be opened normally after the impact. The dual-stage airbags and pre-tensioners together with the load limiters and the stable structure kept loads on the driver’s chest and legs low.

Side impact
A very impressive protection system includes seat mounted thorax airbags and a head curtain airbag the latter also protecting those in the rear. Maximum points were achieved in this section.

Child occupant
There is a manual on/off switch for the passenger frontal airbag. Owners can also ask dealers to disconnect the airbag permanently. In either case, its “off”status is shown on the instrument binnacle and on the centre console.

Pedestrian
Pedestrian protection was extremely poor. Only two sites on the bonnet top offered any protection to adult and child heads. The bumper and bonnet leading edge were also very unfriendly towards pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

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