Q5 has been a popular luxury SUV ever since its introduction. It offers the right mix of practicality, comfort and performance in a well rounded package without burning a hole in your pocket. And after waiting a long time, Audi Q5 gets many tweaks and upgrades for the 2011 MY; right from a brand new engine and transmission to refreshed interior and exterior trim. 

Moreover, Audi has also ensured that the 2011 Q5 is good on the safety front as well. And Adaptive headlights are new for the 2011 MY. Being a pioneer in equipping their vehicles with some new-age tech, it is safe to say that the brand has improved the Q5’s safety quotient a lot. In this review, we take a quick look at what all it has got to offer.

The 2011 Audi Q5 is based on Volkswagen group’s B platform and shares its underpinnings with the Audi A4 sedan. The Q5 is an athletic SUV and quite fun to drive but Audi has also ensured that there is no compromise on the safety front. This is pretty evident from the safety ratings from IIHS and the standard set of safety features that it comes equipped with. Like a cherry on top, it also received the “Top Safety Pick” award from IIHS for the 2011 MY.

Features like ABS, emergency brake assist, post-collision safety system, electronic stability and traction control, cruise control, rear view camera, front side airbags and side curtain airbags come standard with the 2011 Q5. Moreover, features like rear side air bag, blind-spot warning system and adaptive headlights are available as options in lower trims but made standard on the Prestige trim. Clearly, Audi hasn’t compromised on safety.

2011 Audi Q5 Key Safety Features

We’ve listed a few standout safety features of the 2011 Audi Q5 below.

  • Emergency brake assist: This system works alongside ABS to maximizes the braking effect. It precharges the brakes and helps the car to come to a complete halt in a shorter distance in an event of emergency braking maneuver.
  • Post-collision safety system: This system automatically applies brakes when an initial collision is detected and tries to slow down and stop the car. The onboard sensors in conjunction with the restraint module ensure that the fuel is cut off and the engine is shut in order to prevent the vehicle from any further damage.
  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD): This system uses radar to monitor the blind spots and provides a visual warning if a vehicle is detected in its proximity while the driver is changing the lanes.
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC): The system helps the driver keep maximum control over the vehicle during emergency maneuvers. It individually alters and controls the power supplied and brake pressure applied to each of the wheels in order to prevent skidding and keep the vehicle planted on the road at all times.


Overall, the 2011 Audi Q5 does seem to be a pretty safe vehicle. Even if it hasn’t been tested and rated by the NHTSA fully, it did receive great scores in the IIHS tests. It also received the “Top Safety Pick” award from the IIHS. Looking at the ratings and the safety features, we can certainly say whether you’re cruising on the highway or going through some dirt road- this one will keep you protected.

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