Improved small-overlap performance and active-safety gear result in high marks.
The all-new 2017 Audi A4 receives a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That’s a big improvement over the outgoing A4, which didn’t receive the prestigious commendation because of poor performance in the challenging small-overlap crash test.
The 2009-2016 Audi A4 received Good ratings in every IIHS test except small-overlap, where it was slammed with a Poor rating because “The driver's space was seriously compromised by intruding structure” during the test. The new 2017 A4, however, also received a Good rating in the small-overlap test thanks to its redesigned front crash structure. “The driver's survival space was maintained very well… The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury,” IIHS said in a statement.
IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winners must also have advanced pre-collision braking technology. The 2017 Audi A4 comes standard with Audi pre sense, which works at speeds up to 52 mph. Pricing for the A4 runs from $38,250 for a front-drive Premium model to $48,950 for an all-wheel-drive Prestige model.