CARS.COM — Three redone Audis have earned Top Safety Pick awards with standard equipment in testing by the Insurance institute for Highway Safety: the 2017-18 A4 Allroad wagon, the 2018 A5 two-door coupe and the 2018 A5 Sportback four-door hatchback.
The three cars earned the required good scores in all five crashworthiness tests, including moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraints and seats. The three also earned the top superior rating for their standard front collision systems with automatic emergency braking, beating the required advanced score. Their systems avoided a collision at 12 mph in IIHS track tests and reduced the impact speed by an average of 22 mph in the 25-mph collision avoidance test.
All three fell short of Top Safety Pick Plus status, however, because their headlights failed to get good or acceptable scores in testing. IIHS said that the best available headlights for the A5 coupe and A5 Sportback scored marginal. The upgraded headlights for the Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels of the A4 Allroad also scored marginal, though IIHS noted that it has not had a chance yet to test the Allroad’s base headlights.
All three new models are based on the Audi A4, which was redesigned for 2017 and improved its score to Top Safety Pick Plus for the redesigned model. That’s thanks to having improved from poor to good in the small overlap front crash test, from advanced to superior for its front collision technology, and from marginal to acceptable for its optional headlights.