According to a BBC investigation, the vast majority of Audi's UK dealers mislead clients by telling them the A5 was tested by Euro NCAP.

According to a BBC investigation, the vast majority of Audi's UK dealers mislead clients by telling them the A5 was tested by Euro NCAP.

BBC is citing "undercover researchers" who managed to find out 9 out of 10 Audi dealers in United Kingdom told clients the A5 was analyzed by Euro NCAP, when in reality the vehicle wasn't crash-tested. Moreover, six dealers took the lie even further by saying the A5 actually received a five-star rating. Facing these serious accusations, Audi UK responded by saying they didn't mislead clients on purpose.

BBC started to analyze this issue after Audi convinced a client to purchase the R8 by saying it has a five-star rating. The client's father was involved in an accident with the R8 and although it had nothing to do with the vehicle's safety performance, the owner decided to contact several Audi dealerships to do some research about the R8's safety level.

The results were quite shocking since 48 out of 50 dealers told him the R8 received a five-star rating, but the vehicle wasn't actually tested by the Euro New Car Assessment Programme. When prompted by BBC, an Audi UK spokesman said "there has not been any deliberate intent to mislead on the part of its customer-facing staff where the Euro NCAP safety test performance of the Audi model range is concerned."

On a side note, other Audi models which have never been tested by Euro NCAP – besides the A5 and R8 – are the A7 and A8.

Thanks to WCF user Renyeo for the tip!

Majority of Audi UK dealers accused of lying about the A5 being tested by Euro NCAP