One has even earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating.
Audi had a successful year in 2019 on the safety technology front. The 2019 Audi Q3 was awarded a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) while the A7 earned a Top Safety Pick rating. Audi offers cutting edge safety technology in its vehicles including a V2I system that will let you know when traffic lights are about to turn red.
Because of this commitment to safety, Audi has once again been rewarded by the IIHS in 2020. The 2020 Audi A6 has just been awarded the institute's highest rating of Top Safety Pick+ while the 2020 Audi A7 Sportback and 2020 Audi Q8 were given the Top Safety Pick rating when equipped with the available LED Matrix-design headlights with high-beam assist.
All three vehicles earned the top "Good" rating in all six IIHS crashworthiness performance evaluations and since all three are equipped with Audi's pre sense front system as standard, they scored "Superior" ratings for Front Crash Prevention tests. Audi's pre sense basic, which comes standard on the A6, A7, and Q8, can prepare the vehicle for a collision by closing the side windows and panoramic sunroof and pretensioning the front seatbelts.
Pre sense front (also standard) takes preparation a step further by using a camera to monitor the area in front of the vehicle, providing visual and acoustic warnings to the driver. Other safety features include available Audi side assist, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, and a top view camera system.
The A6 scored either a "Good" or "Acceptable" rating in the headlight category (depending on trim) while the A7 and Q8 only achieved "Acceptable" or "Poor" ratings, causing them to miss the Top Safety Pick+ rating. This has been the case with many vehicles during IIHS testing, where many cars miss out on the top rating because of their headlights.
Audi has advanced Digital Matrix Headlights in Europe but US regulations prevent the company from offering them here. Perhaps the US will eventually wise up and allow us to have nicer headlights but for now, Audi remains at the forefront of cutting edge safety technology.