With some improvements in equipment, the Q5's safety story gets a little stronger this year, though test results are still only half-present.
The Q5 has an option for rear-side airbags and comes standard with all-wheel drive. Audi has finally included Bluetooth on the standard equipment list, while blind-spot monitors are offered almost across the board. You'll spend extra for a rearview camera, thugh.
Good outward vision extends from the Q5's driver seat. It has big side-view mirrors, and its rear headrests don't cut too much into the view directly to the back.
Still, our scores come down chiefly to crash-test data. The NHTSA says it's a four-star car overall, though it earns a five-star rating for side-impact protection. The IIHS hands it good scores in most categories, though it hasn't been through the new small-overlap test, which means it does not qualify for Top Safety Pick+ status.