2001 - Audi A4 - Audi A4 2.0
Adult occupant
Adult occupant
****
30
Child occupant
Child occupant
0
Pedestrian
Pedestrian
*
7


Adult occupant protection
Frontal impact driver
Frontal impact driver
Frontal impact passenger
Frontal impact passenger
Side impact driver
Side impact driver
Pedestrian protection
Pedestrian protection
Legend

Safety equipment
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
seatbelt
Driver frontal airbag
Driver frontal airbag
Front passenger frontal airbag
Front passenger frontal airbag
Side body airbags
Side body airbags
Side head airbags
Side head airbags
Driver knee airbag
Driver knee airbag
Car details
Hand of drive
LHD
Tested model
Audi A4 2.0
Body type
4-door saloon
Year of publication
2001
Kerb weight
1370
VIN from which rating applies
Applies to latest model
Details
The A4 has a strong passenger compartment that protected its occupants. The airbags worked well to keep front occupants in the front and side impacts from harm. They also safeguarded the heads of those in the rear during the side impact. This is a safe car which deserves its four star rating. It is a pity that airbag warnings for children are inadequate and pedestrian protection has been ignored.

Front impact
The restraint system protected the driver’s head and neck. The front belts had pyrotechnic pre-tensioners and load limiters. Although they stopped the driver’s chest hitting the steering wheel, they increased the forces acting on it. The brake and clutch pedal were designed to break away in an impact to lessen the risk of injuries and they performed well. Safety in the knee impact area was much improved over the previous A4’s but the column lock and adjuster lever were still sited where they could cause harm. A centre rear lap-and-diagonal belt was an optional extra, which is surprising for a car that has so many safety features. The two-point lap belt could cause severe injuries.

Side impact
Impressive side impact protection included an advanced head curtain airbag. This latest A4 achieved full marks in these tests.

Child occupant
A passenger airbag was standard and Audi needs to take seriously the risk to children in rear-facing restraints fitted on to the front passenger’s seat. Only a pictogram and a removable label on the windscreen were present and neither explained the risk of serious injury or death if the warning given was ignored. The rear outboard belts were adapted so that child seats could be better secured, but this was not adequately explained. The VW-branded forward-facing Römer Prince Bobsy G1 Universal seats did not protect well. They did not contain the children’s heads in the side impact, and the 18-month-old risked neck injury in the front impact.

Pedestrian
Protection was almost non-existent. This car will inflict unnecessary damage on anyone that it hits.

New details
In the frontal impact head and neck were kept well under control but the chest pressure was here on the high side. The brake pedal and the clutch out in weeks: no risk to feet and ankles. The protection of the knee was good. The head protection side airbag offers an impressive degree of protection. The A4-fetched when they impact a 100% score. The child performed insufficient. The cobblestones were shuffled back and forth game and the 18-month-old child was also in the frontal collision at high risk for neck injury. The A4 provides no pedestrian protection.
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