The 2016 Audi A4 has passed the grueling crash tests of the Euro New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) with five stars for adult, child and pedestrian protection.
Not only that, the agency also bestowed a special “Euro NCAP advanced” award to the sedan for its standard multi-collision brake assist system and optional Audi pre-sense basic system. The brake assist system applies brakes automatically when an accident occurs, reducing the risk of further injuries while the pre-sense system tightens the seat belt and automatically closes the sunroof and windows when it senses that a crash is about to take place.
Additionally, the Audi pre-sense city system is also a standard fitment that scans the front of the car to check if any pedestrians or another vehicle is in the way. It alerts the driver through a multi-stage process if it detects that there is the risk of collision. First it will display warnings through visual or audio, but if no response is elicited it will give a jolt through the brakes. If still no response is received, it will then ultimately apply the emergency brakes. This system is functional only up to speeds of 52.8 mph (85 km/h).
Other assistance systems used to enhance safety in the fifth generation Audi A4 are collision avoidance assist, turn assist and exit warning. The latter minimizes risk of injury while opening the doors when others are approaching from behind.
Euro NCAP has made the requirements of front and side impact collision tests even tougher in 2015 to accurately reflect actual accident scenarios.