For some compelling reasons, the premium midsize SUV segment is the most preferred vehicle segment in America presently. They look good, feature powerful and efficient powertrains, and offer plenty of creature comforts and safety features. While the market provides a vast list of options, the 2013 Audi Q5 is one of the most pragmatic choices in its class.

The 2013 Audi Q5 arrives with a base price of $36,795 and is available in four trims.As mentioned before, the premium midsize SUV segment has several key players, so the Audi Q5 faces fierce competition. It competes with the likes of BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, and Volvo XC60. Let’s find out how it performs on the safety front.

German automotive brands like Audi, BMW and Merc are widely acknowledged for their high safety standards. On that note, the 2013 Audi Q5 is built on Volkswagen’s MLB platform with a fully galvanized unibody chassis. Moreover, the chassis is equipped with a five-like front suspension and a trapezoidal-link rear suspension as standard, but you can opt for the optional adaptive air suspension for better stability and improved ride quality. The Q5 is one of the heaviest vehicles in the midsize SUV segment and has a high center of gravity, so it comes equipped with a robust braking system. As standard, you get 12.6-inch ventilated disc brakes at the front in the lower models, while the higher trims get a pair of larger 13.6-inch ventilated discs. At the rear, you get 11.8-inch solid disc brakes in lower trims and 13-inch solid disc brakes in higher trims. Braking system also comes equipped with ABS, EBD, ESC, ASR, and brake assist.

Besides these, you get dual-stage airbags for the driver and front passenger, thorax side airbags, and curtain airbags. The rear passengers also get thorax side airbags. Apart from these, the Q5 comes with driver assistance features like cruise control with stop and go function, hill descent control, and automatic headlights. Premium driver assistance features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Side Assist, Drive Select, and park assist with a rearview camera are optional.

2013 Audi Q5 Key Safety Features

The 2013 Q5 comes standard with some driver assistance features like cruise control with stop and go function, park assist with a rearview camera, adaptive xenon plus headlights with DRLs, automatic headlights, and LED taillamps. Premium safety features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Side Assist, Drive Select, and park assist with a rearview camera are optional.

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): Adaptive Cruise Control is an advanced version of regular cruise control. This system helps the driver cruise at a preset speed and also maintain a safe distance with the car in front while driving on the highway; it can also apply the brakes and speed back to the preset speed if necessary.
  • Audi Side Assist: It is a combination of a blindspot monitor and a rear cross-traffic alert. It scans and tracks vehicles approaching from the rear and side with the help of radar sensors. The system warns the driver if it detects a vehicle. It also comes in handy while entering or exiting a parking lot.
  • Parking System Plus with Rearview Camera – Also known as Park Assist, the PSP uses many radars and sensors to alert the driver of his or her surroundings. The rearview camera helps further by providing panoramic video footage while parking.
  • Tire Pressure Monitor: Popularly known as TPMS, it uses sensors that monitor the air pressure in the tires on the go. It alerts the driver if the pressure falls below a predefined limit.
  • Adaptive Xenon headlights: They are more energy-efficient and powerful than normal halogen headlights. And they work in unison with the vehicle’s steering, speed, and elevation to illuminate the road ahead according to the vehicle’s path. If the vehicle moves right, the headlights tilt towards the right to illuminate the road ahead. 

Verdict

Although there are plenty of premium midsize SUVs on the market, very few are well equipped like the 2013 Audi Q5. In fact, the Audi Q5 provides the best set of features in its class. It’s built on a strong platform and has very good build quality. It also boasts a capable braking system and some advanced safety features. We recommend equipping the Q5 with the driver assistance package or buying the top-line Prestige model because they come standard with all of the safety tech optional in lower trims.

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