If you are looking for a compact luxury SUV with a premium interior, a powerful engine, sporty handling characteristics, and impeccable safety, Audi is more than delighted to present you with its bestseller, the Q5. For 2021 MY, Audi introduced some notable changes on the safety front, such as the Lane-departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring all have been made standard. And so for 2022 MY, the Audi Q5, priced at an MSRP of $43,300 for the base Premium trim, has been carried forward as it is with some changes to its styling and appearance.

Coming to the safety ratings, both the crash test institutions rendered the SUV extremely safe, with the NHTSA giving it a full 5 on 5 stars, while the IIHS awarding it a "Top Safety Pick+" rating. When it comes to safety, the Audi Q5 is one of the stars in the segment. However, it is not alone. Rivals include the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, BMW X3, and the Porsche Macan.

To begin with, the 2022 Audi Q5 is one of the safest SUVs in the luxury compact SUV class. It is based on a unibody chassis structure built on Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo platform. The structure is mainly made of steel and aluminum. It also comes with a robust braking system with 13.8-inch ventilated disc brakes at the front and 13-inch ventilated disc brakes at the rear. The brakes feel very responsive and have a high thermal tolerance. Moreover, the braking system is supplemented by safety features like ABS, ESC, AEB, and brake assist. You can also equip the optional adaptive suspension for better stability, comfort, and driving dynamics.

Standard safety features include Pre Sense City, Pre Sense Basic, High Beam Assist, Auto Drive Select, Parking System Plus, Side Assist, Active Lane Assist, and a speed-sensitive electromechanical steering system. The flagship Q5 Prestige variant comes equipped with a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, a 360-degree camera, and adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist. Besides these heaps of safety features, the 2022 Q5 has impeccable safety ratings-5 stars from NHTSA and an overall "Good" rating from IIHS. Similar to the previous year, the Q5 is also awarded the "Top Safety Pick+" title.

2022 Audi Q5 Key Safety Features

As you would expect from a luxury compact SUV, the 2022 Audi Q5 comes packed with advanced safety and driver-assistance tech. You can find Pre Sense City, Pre Sense Basic and Rear, High Beam Assist, Auto Drive Select, Parking System Plus, Side Assist, Active Lane Assist, traffic sign recognition, a 360-degree camera, and adaptive cruise control with a traffic jam assist system and more.

  • Audi Pre Sense City: This system continuously monitors and keeps track of the surroundings around the vehicle including vehicles, pedestrians, and other objects with the help of radars and cameras. If the system detects any sign of an impending collision, it tightens the front seat belts, disconnects battery terminals, shuts the windows, and activates warning lights to prepare for the collision.
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW): FCW uses radar, lasers, and/or cameras to detect other vehicles in front of the car. It provides the driver with visual, audible, or tactile alerts if the system detects a potentially imminent collision.
  • Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB): AEB works in conjunction with FCW which warns the driver of an impending frontal collision. In some situations, where the driver couldn’t react in time, AEB automatically intervenes to apply brakes and avoid a collision.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Jam Assist: This system helps the driver cruise at a preset speed and also maintain a safe distance from the car in front while driving on the highway; it can also apply the brakes and speed back to the preset speed if necessary. Traffic Jam Assist (also known as Low-Speed Follow) is helpful in traffic conditions as it can bring the car to a dead stop if required and can again make it go up to the set cruising speed.
  • Side Assist: Side Assist 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 the blind spot- 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.

Final Verdict

When it comes to safety, German carmakers are way ahead of the competition. Among them, Audi is widely known for its tech-rich cars. On that note, the 2022 Q5 being Audi’s bestseller, you can expect it to have better safety tech. Moreover, it received the best possible scores from NHTSA and IIHS along with the "Top Safety Pick+" title from the latter. Thus, if you’re looking for a luxury compact SUV that provides best-in-class safety, the 2022 Q5 should be at the top of your list.

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