Audi Proves That It Builds Some Seriously Safe Cars

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A bunch of 2021 models has received top safety awards from the IIHS.

Audi is riding a wave of unprecedented success, with record sales in 2020 boosting the brand's confidence going into the new year. And now the German manufacturer has received even more good news: eight of its models have been recognized for the IIHS's Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus award. The well-deserved winners of the Top Safety Pick award include the A5 Sportback and the Audi Q8 equipped with available LED or Matrix-design LED headlights. Top Safety Pick Plus winners include the e-tron and A6 All-road.

All eight models earned a "Good" rating across all six of the IIHS's crashworthiness categories, making Audi one of the safest car manufacturers out there.

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So what exactly makes these 2021 Audi vehicles so safe? It all boils down to Audi's suite of standard and available driver assistance features which consists of Audi's pre-sense driver assistance technologies. Audi pre-sense basic prepares vehicles for impact by closing windows, sunroofs, and pre-tensioning the seatbelts.

Audi pre-sense city/front makes use of the front camera to alert the driver of potential hazards and can implement emergency braking to bring the car to a halt. Below 25 mph this system can help prevent accidents, and can even avoid pedestrians at speeds of up to 52 mph.

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At speeds of up to 155 mph, brake intervention can still mitigate accident risks dramatically. Audi side assist makes use of features such a lane departure warning and blind-spot warning to warn of potential side-on hazards. Lane departure warning also vibrates the steering wheel at speeds above 40 mph to warn the driver.

Adaptive cruise control and a top view camera system assist the driver in keeping a safe following distance from cars and objects. Safety levels have always been a big selling point in the premium luxury car market, and rivals such as Mercedes-Benz remain a strong competitor with its C-Class also receiving a Top Safety Pick award. BMW's 3 Series also has a Top Safety Pick award behind its name.

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