The Audi Q5 returns for the 2012 model year with no changes whatsoever. Available in over three varied trims, the 2012 Q5 starts at an MSRP of $35,600 for the base 2.0T Premium trim. The Q5 has been in the market for quite some time now and has built its reputation of being the best overall package in terms of comfort and luxury without going over your budget. But that’s not all, the 2012 Q5 does well on the safety front too. From being equipped with advanced safety features to having promising safety ratings, the 2012 Audi Q5 assures to keep you safe at all costs.

While the 2012 Q5 hasn't been rated under the latest NHTSA crash test regimens, the IIHS however, does honor it with the "Top Safety Pick" award. Coming to the powertrain front, the 2012 Q5 receives a standard 211 hp 2.0L turbocharged engine, along with an optional 3.2L V6 engine. The 2012 Audi Q5 is one of the best-selling SUVs in the midsize luxury SUV space rivaling the likes of the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60.

The 2012 Audi Q5 pretty much gets you everything that you would want from a luxury SUV. And those of you who seem to be concerned about safety, well this one has got you covered on that front as well. The 2012 Q5 gets brilliant safety ratings so much so that it received the “Top Safety Pick '' award from IIHS. And being a pioneer in terms of safety tech, it comes equipped with many advanced safety features like ABS, post-collision safety system, electronic stability, traction control, cruise control, rear view camera, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags,post-collision safety system, emergency brake assist, etc.

Other standard safety features include rollover mitigation, tire pressure monitoring system, and safety belt pre-tensioning. Moreover, features like rear side airbag, blind-spot warning system, and adaptive headlights are available as options.

2012 Audi Q5 Key Safety Features

We’ve listed some of the standout safety features offered by the SUV below-

  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD): This system uses sensors placed on the rear bumper to detect vehicles in the blind spot. If a vehicle is detected in the adjacent lane and the turn signals are activated, the system will alert the driver.
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC): The system helps the driver keep maximum control over the vehicle during emergency maneuvers. It controls power supplied to the wheels as well as steering inputs to prevent a skid while cornering. 
  • Post-collision safety system- In an event of a collision, the crash event doesn’t always end at the impact. Many times the vehicle continues to run in an unpredictable direction after it has hit something. This can lead to a secondary collision. The post-collision safety system has been developed to mitigate this risk. As soon as the onboard sensors detect a primary collision, it applies brakes, cuts off the fuel supply and shuts the engine down.
  • Emergency brake assist- It automatically senses when the driver is applying brakes to achieve a sudden stop. In such an event, the brake assist system maximizes the braking effort and brings the car to a halt at a shorter distance.


The 2012 Q5 is a well-rounded package, it is comfortable, drives well and ticks all the boxes right from the safety point of view too. Moreover, it gets impressive ratings in IIHS tests and is the agency’s 2012 Top Safety Pick as well. It also has great safety equipment and considering the safety features and the ratings, we can certainly say that the 2012 Audi Q5 is indeed a pretty safe vehicle.

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