Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't crash-tested the Audi Q7 in its latest form, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the nearly identical 2012 Q7 with top marks of "good" in front and side crash tests.
Standard safety equipment on all Q7 models includes: dual front, side and side curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; and stability and traction control. Rear-seat side airbags are an available option--a rarity in American crossovers or SUVs.
There's a range of high-tech safety equipment available, too, including: a lane-departure warning system, blind-spot warning system, and a rearview camera. Visibility, in general, is good from within the Q7, thanks to plenty of glass and a good seating position, but the thick roof pillars can limit awareness near the corners.