The new crossover sweeps safety with its comprehensive list of features

The new crossover sweeps safety with its comprehensive list of features

Safety is no joke, especially to families on the go, and the arms race to get top ratings from the key safety evaluators - the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) - is a never-ending battle to include the biggest standard spec-sheet when it comes to safety equipment.

And that's why luxury vehicles are so often found at or near the top of the list. It's no different with the 2009 Audi Q5, which is equipped with most of the safety devices available on the market today, enabling it to rank tops in both IIHS and NHTSA testing.

“Audi engineers place unwavering emphasis on the protection of motorists and their passengers,” said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. “These outstanding ratings for the Audi Q5 confirm our intent to meet the most rigorous safety standards found anywhere in the world.”

Some might argue that the inclusion of the pole test standard in some NCAP testing schemes makes that standard the most rigorous in the world, but the IIHS is no slouch, requiring top marks in side, frontal offset and rear impact seat testing plus standard stability control to earn a Top Safety Pick, as the Q5 has done. The NHTSA gave the 2009 Audi Q5 five stars for both driver and passenger protection in front and side impact tests.

Every Audi sold in the U.S. has standard four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), an electronic stability program, daytime running lights (DRL) and a standard tire pressure monitoring system. The Audi Q5 adds to these features with quattro permanent all-wheel standard on all models, providing high levels of active safety and traction in a wide variety of conditions. All of these features are designed to help reduce the chances of a collision, and they all contribute to the Q5's top safety rank.