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8 Most Dangerous Luxury Cars

Although generally well-built, they're not designed to deflect small overlap frontal crashes

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2012 Audi A4

#7: Audi A4

  • Small overlap frontal crash test rating: poor
  • J.D. Power Initial Quality: 2 out of 5
  • Price: $32,500
  • 2011 sales: 35,234

During the new test, the footrest and instrument panel moved toward the driver, making injuries to the left hip likely in the event of an accident. The dummy’s head did hit the front airbag but slid off to the left side, while the side torso airbag did not deploy. Furthermore, the driver door opened during the crash, placing the driver at risk of being ejected from the vehicle. Nevertheless, Consumer Reports points out the crash test results were one of the highs scores for the A4, along with agility, acceleration, transmission, fuel economy, fit and finish. In 2011, sales of the A4 were 22.4% lower than in 2007, although 2011 sales improved 1.6% from the previous year.

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