The 2012 Audi A6 has been selected as a large luxury sedan Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) after a good performance in all four of the IIHS’s safety evaluations (front, side, rollover and rear crash tests).
In the IIHS evaluation of roof strength, the A6 withstood a force equal to 4.9 times the car’s weight. The roof strength test evaluates how well the occupant compartment holds up in a rollover crash. Vehicles that have a strength-to-weight ratio of 4 or higher earn a “good” rating.
Electronic stability control (ESC), previously a requirement to earn Top Safety Pick status, is standard equipment on the A6. ESC is required by federal regulation to be standard equipment on all passenger vehicles as of September 1, 2011.
Audi has three other vehicles in its current lineup that have earned Top Safety Pick status: the 2011 A3 (in the mid-size moderately-priced cars category), the A4 (mid-size luxury/near luxury cars), and the Q5 (mid-size luxury SUVs).