New for the 2019 model year, the Audi e-tron passed leading crash tests with flying colors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the SUV a Top Safety Pick Plus rating, making the e-tron the first battery-electric vehicle to earn the agency’s highest honor. And it does so with no strings attached: All versions of the e-tron get the rating, so you don’t have to pony up more cash — after dropping some $75,000 to start — for better headlights or collision-avoidance technology.
The e-tron performed well in IIHS’ battery of crashworthiness tests. On a scale of good, acceptable, marginal or poor, the SUV earned good ratings in all six tests — small-overlap frontal tests on both the driver and passenger side, plus moderate overlap front, side, roof-strength and head-restraint evaluations.
The front-crash prevention system in the e-tron earned a superior rating by the IIHS on a scale of superior, advanced or basic. The system avoided a collision altogether in the 25-mph test, and in the 12-mph test, it reduced impact speed by an average 11 mph. The e-tron’s forward collision warning component also meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.
The e-tron’s standard LED headlights earned a good rating. The headlights also come with high-beam assist, which automatically deactivates high beams when approaching other cars.
Two main e-tron competitors — the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace — have not been crash-tested yet. On the safety front, it’s fair to say both are looking at tough competition.
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