It wasn’t easy for Audi to get its first e-tron EV SUV to market, but the classy crossover comes with high-level features, reliable driving range, and spirited performance. To make itself shine even more, the all-electric machine has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) top safety rating.
According to IIHS, the 2019 Audi e-tron is the first pure electric car to earn its Top Safety Pick Plus rating. The good thing about the SUV is that, regardless of which trim is selected by buyers – Premium Plus or the top-of-the-line Prestige, they’ll get into a top-rated e-tron. The rating also has nothing to do with any optional features. Simply put, the 2019 e-tron is a Top Safety Pick Plus car right off the bat.
By earning the top rating from the IIHS, it means the e-tron had passed all six of the organization’s crash tests with a “Good” result in each session. In addition, the car’s front crash prevention system got a “Superior” rating, which is even beyond the “Acceptable” standard; and its headlights have earned the required “Good” rating as well, something which is difficult to achieve for many other carmakers. So yes, the 2019 Audi e-tron really deserves the Top Safety Pick Plus award
Not many electric cars have been tested by the IIHS. Besides the e-tron, there were the BMW i3 and the Nissan Leaf among others. The i3 and Leaf didn’t perform as good as the e-tron, hence they missed out on getting the highest safety rating. Meanwhile, a 2017 Tesla Model S sedan was blasted by a “Poor” IIHS rating for its headlights and was afforded only an “acceptable” rating overall. A 2018 Tesla Model 3 was also tested by IIHS, although the results are yet to be published.
The low rating given to the Model S is apparently the reason for the icy relationship between Tesla and IIHS. Among the cars the organization hasn’t tested is the Model X, which to be fair, has gotten a complete five-star safety rating from another agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) back in 2017.