The Audi Q5 is a midsize luxury SUV that sits between the smaller Q3 and the larger Q7. And it is an excellent choice for people looking for a small yet practical SUV that is easy to handle in the city. The Q5 has been Audi’s best-seller for these reasons: it is small, easy to drive, provides a long list of features, is reliable, and comes with impeccable safety features and ratings. 

While it doesn’t feel sporty like the Porsche Macan, the Q5 is better suited for people who are looking for an SUV with lower ownership costs and better features. That being said, the 2014 Audi Q5 comes with a base price tag of $38,195. It locks its horns with the likes of the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, and Porsche Macan.

German car manufacturers have a robust reputation in the market for their fast, stylish, reliable, and safe cars, and Audi is no different. In fact, Audi is one of those pioneer carmakers known for cutting-edge features and impeccable safety. The 2014 Q5 is based on a fully galvanized unibody chassis built on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform. The chassis is mainly made with steel and aluminum. In addition to that, the Q5 comes paired with a five-link front suspension and a trapezoidal-link rear suspension as standard, but you can also opt for adaptive suspension with a damping system. 

Apart from that, the entry-level Q5 2.0T comes with 12.6-inch ventilated brake discs at the front and 11.8-inch solid brake discs at the back. Higher trims come standard with a better braking system that includes a pair of larger 13.6-inch ventilated discs at the front and 13-inch ventilated rear disc brakes. The brakes have a heavy bite and boast high thermal tolerance due to the drilled holes. When the brakes are slammed, the SUV comes to a stop from 60 mph in just 115 feet. Braking system includes some safety features like ABS, EBD, ESC, ASR, and brake assist for better braking performance and safety. Other optional advanced driver-assistance tech onboard include Adaptive Cruise Control, Side Assist, Drive Select, and park assist with a rearview camera. 

2014 Audi Q5 Key Safety Features

  • 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 warns the driver when it detects the presence of vehicles in blindspot- to the side and behind the vehicle with the help of a radar sensor. The cross-traffic monitor alerts the driver when it detects vehicles approaching from behind or on the side while backing out of a parking lot or driveway.
  • 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 amount of air inside the tires. It alerts the driver if the tire air pressure falls below a predefined limit.

Verdict

Audi is one of the most popular German automakers known for stuffing their vehicles with the latest safety and driver assistance features. The Q5 is arguably the most important vehicle for the company because of its high demand. And it is built on a strong unibody chassis and comes equipped with arguably the best baking system in its class. Plus, it has good safety scores. Overall, the 2014 Audi Q5 proves itself as one of the best options when it comes to safety.

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