In prior years, the Q7 was judged one of the safest crossovers of all by both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both agencies have changed their ratings and criteria, but only the IIHS has updated the Q7's rankings. It calls the Q7 "good" in most of its tests, but due to a lack of a roof-crush score, the Q7 no longer earns the IIHS' Top Safety Pick award.
Every Q7 comes with the usual standard safety equipment. Dual front, side, and curtain airbags all make the list, as well as anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control. Rear seat side airbags are a rare option for any American-market vehicle.
Audi has updated its add-on safety technology in recent years, and the Q7 can be fitted with a rearview camera, a lane-departure warning system, and a blind-spot warning system. Even though visibility is good from inside the Q7, the camera's recommended since the view out over the rear corners can be diminished by the thick roof pillars.