Audi Q5 Earns Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS

July 27, 2015

The Audi Q5 midsize luxury sport utility vehicle recently earned the highest safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This happened following the manufacturer's improvement of the SUV's structure to optimize safety during small overlap front crashes. The Top Safety Pick+ distinction from the IIHS and the favorable rating the SUV earned in the small overlap test is applicable to all models constructed after January of 2015. Since that time, any Audi Q5 vehicles that were released had a more reinforced occupant compartment and front end.

For the small overlap test, automobiles drive at a speed of 40 mph toward a barrier with their front left corners facing the barrier. This causes only the corner to collide with the barrier. When the Audi Q5 went through this testing process, the space on the driver's side was maintained well after the collision. Test experts measured the intrusion at only a few inches on the hinge pillar of the lower door.

The movement of the dummy driver during the crash was controlled well. When the dummy's head met the front airbag, it remained in a cushioned position until the rebound. There was ample forward coverage provided by the side curtain airbag's deployment. This kept the dummy's head from making contact with any outside objects and the side structure during the collision. When experts took measurements around the dummy after the test, they found that there was a low risk of injuries for real crashes of similar severity.

For vehicles to earn a Top Safety Pick+ or a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS, they must have acceptable or good overlap ratings. In addition to this, they must have good ratings for the other crash tests conducted by the IIHS. These include the head restraint, roof strength, side and moderate overlap front tests. The highest safety award is reserved for vehicles that have front crash prevention technology, and the system must earn a superior or advanced rating from the IIHS. For the Audi Q5, its optional front crash prevention system was rated as advanced by the IIHS.

More manufacturers are improving their quality standards when it comes to safety. This includes design techniques and the use of safety technology systems. As they continue improving the safety features and construction of their vehicles, the IIHS continues making its requirements stricter. With auto manufacturers held to the highest standards, experts hope to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and deaths on America's roads. Safer vehicles also mean insurance discounts in some cases. To learn more about the IIHS and the vehicles that earn its highest ratings, discuss concerns with an agent.

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