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2021 Audi Q5: NHTSA and IIHS Ratings, and Safety Features

Updated on: August 25, 2020

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The NHTSA is a global agency that conducts various crash tests for a specific automobile, rates it in terms of various parameters and gives a conclusion about whether the car is safe to drive or not. Well, there are no NHTSA ratings available for the 2021 model of the Audi Q5, but going with the ratings of the 2020 model, it can easily be concluded that its upcoming 2021 model will also be exceptionally well in terms of safety as well as the NHTSA ratings. The previous model has performed extremely well in terms of crash tests, and has a safety score of 5 stars in almost all of its tests except for the Rollover Rating, in which it scored a 4-star rating from the NHTSA.
Overall Rating 5 star
Overall Front Star Rating 5 star
Front Driver Side 5 star
Front Passenger Side 5 star
Overall Side Star Rating 5 star
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings(Front Seat) 5 star
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings(Rear Seat) 5 star
Side Barrier Driver 5 star
Side Barrier Rear Passenger 5 star
Overall Side Pole Star Rating 5 star
Rollover Star Rating 5 star
Overall Side Barrier 5 star
Just like the NHTSA, the IIHS is an independent agency that provides safety ratings to an automobile based on various crash tests which are conducted by the agency. Based on the result, a verdict is provided on how safe the car is. The previous model of the Audi Q5 has performed exceptionally well in every crash test and has a good rating in all parameters, except for the Structure and Safety Cage and Driver Head Protection. Hence, the Overall Rating suffers a bit, but is still quite acceptable.
Small Overlap Front(Driver) Good
Small Overlap Front(Passenger) Good
Moderate Overlap Front Good
Side Good
Roof Strength Good
Head Restraints and Seats Good
Headlights Marginal
Front Crash Prevention Superior
Latch Ease of Use Good

Audi Q5 gives some tough competition to the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, and the Volvo XC60 as well. Audi will release the 2021 Q5 in three trim options; Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. They will be priced between $43,300 to $61,700. The Q5 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline engine that now produces 261 horsepower. That is 13 hp more than before, and 273 lb-ft of torque.

The 2021 Audi Q5 gets major design and features refresh
The 2021 Audi Q5 is priced the same as the 2020 model but comes with many updates

It sends power to all four wheels via a 7-speed automatic transmission and the Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Audi will be launching the 2021 Audi Q5 SUV with some significant changes made to its standard safety tech and interior features list. Take for example, the new 10.1-inch touchscreen unit running Audi's latest software, and the blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning features. All this, that too, with no increase in its MSRP in comparison to the 2020 Audi Q5.

"Elsewhere, the driving technology leaves something to be desired. The backup camera lacks the resolution and multiple views that the cameras on some much more affordable cars offer, and the head-up display is so light it's rendered ineffective in sunlight." - Edmunds

2021 Audi Q5 SUV Safety

Audi is famous for its safety standards which are maintained by the company, and the 2021 Audi Q5 is no exception. It has tons of safety features packed in the bundle and some more advanced driver-assistance features are also being added to the safety suite of the Q5 SUV. Some new important safety features which have been included in the 2021 model year are blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors.

The 2021 Audi Q5 now wears the company's Singleframe grille upfront

The already existing ones include front dual-stage, seat-mounted thorax airbags, Side guard Head Curtain Airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, ESC with off-road mode, secondary collision brake assist and Traction control, Anti-Theft Alarm with motion sensors and vehicle immobilizer, TPMS with Electronic Parking Brake, LATCH in rear seats with Integrated Child Door locks in rear doors, Hill Descent Control, Driver Assistance Package and many more.


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2021 Audi Q5 Safety: Features, Build Quality, and Tech

As discussed above Audi is well known for manufacturing some of the safest automobiles available in the market and the 2021 Audi Q5 is also equipped with many safety features so let's dig deeper into some of these features: 

  • Traffic-light Recognition System: Well if you are amused by the active noise cancellation system provided in the interior cabin of the Audi and you are enjoying your ride at high speed, you don't need to worry about any traffic signals as the sensors are designed to detect traffic signals and roadside safety markings reflect the information on the driver’s display or the heads-up display to notify the driver.
  • Audi Adaptive Cruise Assist: This is one of the smartest improvisations that Audi has come up with, the driver just needs to lock their Q5 at a particular speed, just like the regular cruise control and the rest of the work will be done by the Q5 itself. The driver doesn't need to apply throttle or brakes, the car can do it for you while maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.
  • Audi Active Lane Assist: This feature helps you pull the car back into the lane if you are drifting a little bit away from the provided lane. This assistant automatically activates just when you try to change your lane without giving any indication. It also vibrates the steering wheel to warn the driver. 
  • Park Steering Assistant: Well if you are feeling a bit lazy to park your car somewhere, just leave it on for this assistant and it will lookup for a parking spot from its available 360-degree spot camera and will intimate you about it. If you are interested to park at that spot you just need to press yes and the rest of the work will be done by the Q5 itself.
  • Audi Stability Control: Audi is well known for providing one of the smoothest rides available in the market at an affordable price segment, this feature is all about it automatically detects damages on-road and manages the suspension accordingly providing you with a smooth ride. 

Is the 2021 Audi Q5 Safe Enough?

Well, having a look at all of the crash-test rating as well as the reliability ratings and the consumer experience reported by the owners, it can be said that if you are someone who is looking to buy an affordable luxury SUV with high performance as well as rich on features and safety, then 2021 Audi Q5 might be the best option for you. Comparing it to its competition like the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and the BMW X3, the new Audi Q5 is quite decent, and in fact, turns to be a winner in terms of safety and reliability.

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2021 Audi Q5 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What oil should be used for Audi Q5?

According to most reports, Audi is known to suggest oil with a viscosity rated SAE 5W-40, irrespective of where you are. That, however, is only for normal driving conditions.

Is Audi Q5 good in the snow?

Audi offers its Quattro AWD setup as standard on all models of the Q5. This allows it to handle extremely well in all driving conditions, including snow.

Is Audi Q5 reliable?

J.D. Power rates the Audi Q5 with 72 points overall. There's no doubt that the Q5 is a fairly reliable compact SUV.

2021 Audi Q5 Safety and Reliability

2021 Audi Q5 Safety

Some important safety features which have been included in the 2021 model year are Front dual-stage, seat-mounted thorax airbags, Side guard Head Curtain Airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, ESC with off-road mode, secondary collision brake assist and Traction control, Anti-Theft Alarm with motion sensors and vehicle immobilizer, TPMS with Electronic Parking Brake, LATCH in rear seats with Integrated Child Door locks in rear doors, Hill Descent Control, Driver Assistance Package and many more.

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Frank S. Schwing

2021 Audi Q5

Premium 45 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

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Posted On: April 1, 2021

economy car

Pros - I like the space , seat comfort , interiors are more friendly

Cons - Cargo space is bit less

a good design, space for 5 people, moonroof leather seats, heated steering and seats, dashboard looks very neat to passenger side, i like the cabin design with leather and soft touch materials on body and inside to give more personal feel, audi has higher safety.

8/10
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Tori J. Farrell

2021 Audi Q5

Premium 3.0 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 26, 2021

2021 Audi Q5

Pros - Looks, driving, connectivity

Cons - Back seat is not very spacious

SUV for all We have a lot of snow where we live and our new Q5 fits just right in with its AWD. It is the perfect bet for this weather. Driving on mud and snow-rated tires is no different than an actual snowplow in a foot of snow. It breezes through all snow without any issue. And what’s more, is that when the car is doing all that you sit in comfort. Seats are the best part of the cabin. A lot of cushioning has been done for all rows and it keeps one comfortable even during bumpy drives The staff at Audia Motor Group LLC was very friendly and professional. The only thing we couldn’t find common ground with was the price. They were not willing to negotiate at all. Other than that, a pretty good dealership.

10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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Sandra A. Brown

2021 Audi Q5

Premium 45 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 24, 2021

My new Q5

Pros - Space, tech, comfortable, affordable

Cons - Pickup could be better, button quality

A good SUV that hits all the points. It takes care of fun driving, safety, entertainment and mood as well. Not able to do the same with the fuel efficiency although especially for city. Which is not what I expected especially, with the poor pickup it has. Everything for instance paddle shifters and moonroof comes standard. Made of ample space around comfortable seats and in cargo and garnished with a lot of features and functionality Of course the overall design and styling doesn't lack any appeal to it This is where that AWD system comes into action ensuring traction on tires is maintained irrespective of the conditions. Takes a toll on fuel efficiency though. Unfortunately as good as it's driving, reliability has been the neverending issue because of gas 45700. My only concern has been with the gas mileage in city. average

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