Crashes harm automotive insurance coverage firms’ backside traces, so the industry-funded Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security conducts complete crash assessments to assist customers purchase secure vehicles—and encourage the to boost its requirements. The IIHS just lately put Audi’s new e-tron by way of its paces, and Audi boasts that the e-tron is the primary totally electrical automotive to win the group’s highest score: High Security Decide+.
The IIHS conducts a number of completely different crash assessments in addition to evaluating a car’s headlights and crash prevention know-how. The e-tron earned the best potential mark, “good,” for each one of many dozens of sub-categories within the IIHS report.
“The dummy’s place in relation to the door body, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash check signifies that the driving force’s survival house was maintained very properly,” the IIHS writes of considered one of its crash check outcomes.
Ars Technica’s Jonathan Gitlin wrote in our e-tron evaluate that “a really sturdy battery body surrounds the modules and battery pack to supply crash safety.”
The e-tron’s headlights had “some glare” however had been nonetheless rated as “good” by IIHS.
The IIHS final tested Tesla’s Model S in 2017. It received largely excessive marks, however the car did not do fairly in addition to the e-tron. Its rating was solely “acceptable” reasonably than good for one of many entrance crash assessments IIHS carried out—the small overlap driver-side crash—partially as a result of “the seat belt allowed far an excessive amount of ahead motion of the dummy to the extent that its head hit the steering wheel laborious by way of the airbag.”
Mannequin S efficiency was rated “good” within the different crash assessments. IIHS additionally dominated that the Mannequin S’ headlights present insufficient illumination when a automotive was rounding a curve.
The 2019 Chevy Bolt racked up near-perfect outcomes on crash assessments, however the IIHS additionally discovered its headlights to be poor. The group faulted the Bolt for extreme headline glare and stated that illumination was solely honest—not good—in some eventualities.
Notably, the IIHS has but to publish crash check outcomes for the Mannequin three. So it is potential that Tesla’s extra reasonably priced sedan may nonetheless—just like the e-tron—win a High Security Decide+ score.