The Q5 hasn't yet been tested in the revised, more stringent NCAP program introduced by the federal government this year, but last year it earned five stars in all categories of testing under the old program.
All the safety features are here, too, along with some that aren't typical in the class. Front, side, and curtain airbags are included, as are anti-lock brakes and stability control. Rear side thorax airbags are optional.
What's more, because it has more window space than most designs, and because of its height—and its almost ridiculously large side mirrors—the Q5 has good outward visibility without the need for high-tech solutions like rearview cameras and parking sensors (they're both offered though if you really want it). You're just a little (but not a lot) higher than most cars, and that's a good vantage.