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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
Five stars, front and side impacts; four stars, rollover protection
High-tech luxury and safety features
Its elevated stance and high weight demand slowing for tight corners
The 2009 Audi Q7 scores extremely well in federal crash tests, with a laundry list of standard safety features.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not tested the Q7, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Q7 its highest ratings for front and side impact protection. It also awards the Q7 four stars for rollover resistance.
Edmunds lists the Q7’s safety features thusly: "antilock brakes, a stability control system with hill descent control and rollover detection, traction control, front occupant whiplash protection, side curtain airbags for all outboard passengers, and front-seat side airbags. Seat-mounted side airbags for the second row are optional.”
Audi also offers adaptive cruise control, plus Side Assist, which activates a blinking light on the outside mirrors when objects appear in the blind spots.
The 2009 Audi Q7 is about as good as it gets for safety and security in an SUV.