The 2016 Audi A6 scores the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s coveted Top Safety Pick+ award, after revisions for the new model year improved the car’s performance in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.
The 2015 Audi A6 already scored “Good” in four of the IIHS’s crash-test criteria: moderate overlap crash performance, side-impact performance, roof strength, and headrest and seat performance. In the small-overlap test, pictured here, the IIHS said the 2016 Audi A6 maintained the driver’s space, and that the airbags helped keep the driver’s head from hitting any hard points in the car. The rating applies only to model-year 2016 cars built after January 2015.
To achieve the standard IIHS Top Safety Pick rating, cars must earn “Good” ratings in the aforementioned four basic tests and “Good” or “Acceptable” in the small-overlap. To graduate to the Top Safety Pick+ commendation, cars must also receive “Advanced” or “Superior” ratings for available forward-collision prevention technologies. The 2016 Audi A6 scored “Advanced” for its available forward collision warning and automatic braking system.
The 2016 Audi A6 was introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles auto show in November, with a new front fascia, new headlights, and interior trim changes. The base 2.0-liter turbo-four engine receives a 32-hp power bump to 252 hp and is now mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with front-wheel drive, instead of a CVT. The optional 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 gains 23 hp for a total of 333 hp, and the high-performance 2016 Audi S6 sees output from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine increased 30 hp to 450 hp.