The B9-generation Audi A4 has been awarded a five-star safety rating in the latest batch of Euro NCAP crash tests. For reference purposes, the model tested was a 2.0 litre TDI variant equipped with the S tronic automatic transmission – said model scored a rating of 90% in terms of adult occupant safety while the child occupant safety category saw a score of 87% recorded.

Additionally, the B9 Audi A4 received special “Advanced” rewards thanks to the adoption of Audi Pre-Sense Basic and Audi Secondary Collision Brake Assist – the latter standard on the car. Throughout the test syllabus, the B9 Audi A4 was subjected to collisions at up to speeds of 64 km/h against a deformable barrier that strikes 40% of the car’s total width.

Following on, the A4 gets ploughed into a stationary barrier that spans a width greater than the car itself – the test is conducted at 50 km/h. The side mobile barrier test is next with the car struck on its side with said barrier travelling at 50 km/h. Next up, the new A4 is flung sideways into a stationary pole at a speed of 32 km/h. At the end, Euro NCAP stated that “the passenger compartment remained stable.”

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Furthermore, the body concluded that the B9 Audi A4 “showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions.” Aside from that, the Audi A4 was also subjected to autonomous braking tests with the system pulling the car to a dead stop from speeds of 50 km/h (city cycle) and 70 km/h (inter-urban cycle).

Also, the B9 Audi A4 scored a rating of 75% in terms of pedestrian protection thanks to the standard fitment of an ‘active bonnet’. According to the body, “marginal to good” results were marked for the protection of a pedestrian’s leg when struck by the car’s front bumper. So now that you know that the new A4 really is a tough nut to crack, why not find out if it’s any good to drive? Read our review of the B9 Audi A4 here.

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