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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset, side and rear impacts, and roof strength
Four stars overall; four stars frontal; five stars side impact
Audi's side assist "sees" cars in the blind spot and triggers yellow LEDs mounted on the mirrors
With some improvements in equipment, the Audi Q5's safety story gets a little stronger this year, though test results are still only half-present.
The Q5 has all the usual standard airbags and stability control, to which it adds optional rear side airbags and standard all-wheel drive. Bluetooth is finally standard on all models, and blind-spot monitors are now an option on almost every version where they're not standard. However, the Q5 still makes a rearview camera an option--and it's bundled in an expensive package only offered on Premium Plus models and higher trim levels.
The Q5 is at least blessed with good visibility. It has large side mirrors, and the rear seats don't obstruct too much of the view to the back, which translates into good outward visibility even without the high-tech solutions.
Still, our scores come down chiefly to crash-test data. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives it four stars overall, with a five-star side-impact rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives it "Good" ratings, though it hasn't been subjected to the new small-overlap test, which means it does not qualify for Top Safety Pick+ status.
The Q5 scores well in IIHS tests, but the NHTSA hasn't weighed in yet.