Crash tests

All Audi models go through a comprehensive program of crash tests, both computer-simulated and in real life, before they are launched onto the market.

For homologation purposes, all models go through front impact, side impact and rear impact crash tests, as well as tests for pedestrian protection and interior safety in the presence of the regulatory authorities.

Furthermore, all Audi models go through a range of crash tests that far exceed the regulatory requirements. Thanks to this comprehensive program of crash tests Audi models exceed the legislative safety standards in all markets.

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Dedicated to safety

For more than 15 years Audi has run its own accident research program (AARU = Audi Accident Research Unit). The findings of the AARU together with those of the accident research program of the Volkswagen Group are incorporated into the development and safety of new models.

In addition to the mandatory requirements the best-selling models are selected for crash testing by independent consumer protection organizations such as Euro NCAP.


Established in 1997, Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with an independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. Through its stringent vehicle crash testing, Euro NCAP has rapidly become a catalyst for encouraging significant safety improvements to new car design. Euro NCAP is backed by seven European governments, as well as motoring and consumer organisations in every EU country.