Slotted between the smaller Audi Q3 and the larger Q7, the standard 2021 Audi Q5 now comes with the updated exterior styling, refreshed interior, and more standard safety features. For an MSRP of $43,300, the compact size SUV gets plenty of additional driver-assist features as standard. The likes of which include the blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-departure warning, Coming to the trims, both the Premium Plus and XC90 Prestige trim gets Adaptive cruise control as standard.

On the safety crash test front, the 2021 Q5 successfully passed on all fronts, as it gets a total of 5 on 5-stars from the NHTSA, while the IIHS awards it with the "Top Safety Pick" honor. The Q5 has been one of the most popular luxury compact SUVs in the segment. Certainly, it doesn’t offer brisk handling characteristics like the Porsche Macan or the BMW X3, but the Q5 has its own thing going on. For 2021 MY, Audi has also introduced a new Sportback Q5 model and plenty of updates.

Audi is popular for building safe and reliable vehicles, and the 2021 Q5 is no different. In fact, the 2021 Q5 has received impressive safety ratings from the NHTSA and the "Top Safety Pick" award from the IIHS. It is built on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo platform. For 2021 MY, more safety and driver assistance features have been made standard. 

Standard safety features include Audi Pre Sense City, traffic sign recognition, Audi Pre Sense basic and rear, park assist, side assist, and lane-departure warning. Available optional features include Active Lane Assist, Traffic jam assist, Adaptive cruise control, and a Surround-view parking camera.

2021 Audi Q5 Key Safety Features

The German carmaker has not only built the 2021 Q5 on a time-tested and reliable platform but also managed to score impressive safety ratings from both the NHTSA and IIHS. It also comes equipped with several important driver assistance features like Audi Pre Sense City, traffic sign recognition, park assist, side assist, active lane assist, and more.

  • Audi Pre Sense City: It works by keeping track of the environment around the vehicle with the help of radars and cameras. If the system detects any sign of an impending collision, it tightens the front seat belts, shuts the windows, and activates warning lights.
  • Side Assist: It is a combination of a blindspot monitor and a rear cross-traffic alert. It helps the driver by detecting the presence of vehicles to the side and behind the vehicle with the help of sensors. 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.
  • Active Lane Assist: 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. If the vehicle sways out of its intended lane, it gently provides corrective steering action as needed.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Jam Assist: This system helps the car move automatically on the highway at a preset speed and distance from the car in the front. The system automatically adjusts the vehicle’s acceleration and braking with the help of inputs from the front cameras and radar. Traffic Jam Assist (also known as Low-Speed Follow) manages braking, acceleration, and steering in low-speed traffic conditions.

Final Verdict

The 2021 Audi Q5 is a brilliant machine. This year, it comes packed with more standard safety features. When compared to its rivals, the Audi Q5 has better safety ratings and also received the "Top Safety Pick" award from the IIHS. So, if you are looking for an affordable luxury compact SUV, we recommend the 2021 Audi Q5 for its outright value. Audi has done a commendable job when it comes to safety.

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