The best-seller 2020 Audi Q5 is a smaller alternative to the Q7 and also serves as an entry point into the world of premium SUVs that offers plenty of bang for the buck. The 2020 Q5 is backed by a responsive powertrain, plenty of upscale cabin features, and an impeccable build quality backed by the best-in-class safety quotient. With over three trims on sale, the 252 hp Inline-4 powered Audi Q5 starts off at an MSRP of $43,300.

For the 2020 MY, the Premium trim now comes standard with front and rear parking sensors and Audi Pre Sense Front. Apart from these, the Driver Assistance Package is now available as an option in the Premium Plus and the Convenience Package now includes Pre Sense Rear, Side Assist, and smart entry. Coming down to the competition, the 2020 Audi Q5 goes against the likes of the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, and Volvo XC60.

German carmakers are widely renowned for building vehicles with exemplary safety and reliability. Among them, Audi is one of the first names that comes to mind. In fact, the 2020 Audi Q5 is one of the best in the segment; it has performed well in the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA and the IIHS. Q5 is based on the Volkswagen Group (VAG) MLB Evo platform and comes with a unibody chassis. One of the most important safety aspects is braking and the Q5 comes standard with 13.3-inch ventilated disc brakes at the front and 13-inch ventilated disc brakes at the rear. When the brakes are slammed, the Q5 comes to a stop from 60 mph in just 109 feet.

Coming to safety features, the Premium trim comes standard with the Audi Connect Care Emergency SOS system, Pre Sense Basic, Pre Sense City, Hill descent control, and a Rearview camera. The Premium Plus adds side assist, Pre Sense rear, Rear cross-traffic alert, Vehicle exit warning, and Parking system plus. The Prestige trim adds Adaptive cruise control, Traffic jam assist, Park assists, Traffic sign recognition, active lane assist, High-beam assist, and a Top-view camera.

2020 Audi Q5 Key Safety Features

  • Audi Pre-sense Basic – This is a proactive safety tech that will prepare the occupants of the vehicle for impending collisions. Basically, when the system detects an imminent crash that cannot be avoided, it quickly closes the side windows and panoramic sunroof, pre-tensions the safety belt and also prepares the brake system for quick response. 
  • Audi Pre-sense City- This system is a combination of Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking. It continuously monitors the front of the vehicle with the help of sensors and a camera. If the system detects an imminent collision, it immediately applies the brakes automatically thus avoiding an accident.
  • Audi Side Assist and PreSense Rear: It is a combination of blindspot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. If the system detects a vehicle approaching from the side or behind, the driver is notified by audio or visual warnings. This feature comes in handy while driving in the city or parking in tight spaces.
  • Active Lane Assist: The Active Lane Assist feature is only available in the Prestige trim. It uses a camera to detect the lane markings in front of the vehicle and monitor its position in the lane. The system intervenes if the distance between the vehicle and the lane markings falls below a predefined minimum. 
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): Also known as Smart Cruise Control, ACC employs radar and cameras to assist the driver in maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. The vehicle applies brakes or adjusts the vehicle’s acceleration if the gap falls below a predefined minimum.

Final Verdict

One of the key reasons behind buying the 2020 Audi Q5 is its safety. It did well in the safety tests conducted both by the NHTSA and the IIHS. The braking system is capable as well. However, we recommend you check out the BMW X3 as it has bagged the Top Safety Pick+ award from IIHS this year.

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