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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset, side and rear impacts, and roof strength; Top Safety Pick
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Audi's side assist "sees" cars in the blind spot and triggers yellow LEDs mounted on the mirrors
The Audi Q5 hasn't been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but it's still one of the safer vehicles on the road according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It's an IIHS Top Safety Pick again this year, though it doesn't yet have data for its new small-overlap test.
The Q5 also has one of the most complete safety regimens in the segment. Its stability-control system gets more aggressive when it senses a roof rack is attached; rear side airbags are an option; and all-wheel drive is standard equipment.
We don't think Bluetooth or a rearview camera should be options at this price point, but good visibility is baked into in the Q5's design. Combined with the rather large side mirrors, drivers will have good outward visibility without the high-tech solutions. If you want them, they can be paired with optional adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitors.
Safety's been a strong point with the Audi Q5, and blind-spot monitors can't hurt.