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2019 Audi e-tron achieves five-star US NCAP rating

The 2019 Audi e-tron, the first fully-electric Audi model, has earned the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration New Car Assessment Program’s maximum overall safety rating of five stars in its latest series of tests.

The US NCAP’s crashworthiness ratings evaluate how vehicles perform in crash tests including frontal, side, and rollover tests. These three tests account for the majority of crashes on America’s roadways.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program created the Five-Star Safety Ratings program to provide consumers with information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles beyond what is required by federal safety regulations.

The e-tron comes with standard Audi pre sense basic, which can help prepare the vehicle for impact by beginning to close the side windows and sunroof and pre-tensioning the front safety belts.

Additionally, standard automatic emergency braking is offered as part of Audi pre sense front. Using a front-mounted camera, the e-tron can help initiate braking at speeds of up to 52 mph for detected pedestrians and bicyclists in front of the vehicle and can bring a vehicle to a full stop when traveling at speeds under 35 mph based on IIHS tests.

The e-tron went on sale this spring nationwide. The 2019 Audi e-tron was named a 2019 IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick+’ rating, the highest rating awarded by the nonprofit organization.

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