Audi Q5 Gets Top Marks in USA Test
15th June, 2009
- New Audi Q5 named 2009 Top Safety Pick by IIHS
- Q5 earns highest possible federal marks on front and side impact protection
- New ratings for Q5 reflect Audi’s commitment to safety
The new Audi Q5 compact SUV has earned a ‘Top Safety Pick’ award for 2009 from the US Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), receiving the highest front and side crash ratings from the
U.S. safety regulators.
Results from rigorous IIHS testing released recently show the 2009 Audi Q5 received a “good”
rating in all three crash measurements including side impact, offset frontal and rear impact seat
The five-star ratings that the Audi Q5 received from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) represent the top marks possible in front and side crash tests.
The Audi Q5 earned five-star ratings for driver and passenger protection in NHTSA frontal crash
tests, and five-star ratings for front and rear protection in NHTSA side impact crash tests.
“Audi’s engineers place unwavering emphasis on the protection of motorists and their
passengers,” said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America.
“These outstanding ratings for the Audi Q5 confirm the brand’s intent to meet the most
rigorous safety standards found anywhere in the world.”
To qualify for the IIHS Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of “good”
in the Institute's front, side, and rear tests and must be equipped with electronic stability
control, which Audi installs as standard equipment on every model it produces.
The Q5 joins the A3, A4, A6 and Q7 as Audi models that have merited IIHS Top Safety Pick
Audi’s commitment to safety in the Q5 goes beyond crash test safety ratings to include a
comprehensive list of active and passive safety features from quattro all-wheel drive, to driver
assistance systems like Adaptive Cruise Control, Side Assist and Lane Assist, Electronic
Stabilisation Programme (ESP) and ABS to name a few.
Next Car reminds readers that the recently discontinued Audi A4 cabriolet received a
"poor" result in the IIHS's rear-end crash testing, along with BMW's new 3-series
convertible. Next Car keenly awaits the submission of the new Audi A5/S5 convertible to the
highly respected IIHS for crash testing. Not many new car journals publish bad news, but at
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