Euro NCAP awarded the Q5 a full five-star rating in its crash testing. However, if you look at individual scores for each category, the GLC achieved slightly higher marks for protecting adults and children, and a considerably better mark for keeping pedestrains safe.
Every Q5 gets six airbags as standard (you can add two more rear side airbags for a small charge), as well as automatic emergency braking (AEB). At speeds of up to 52mph, AEB warns you if you’re about to hit a pedestrian or the car in front, jamming on the brakes if you don’t respond in time.
An optional Tour Pack includes turn assist (which stops the Q5 if you fail to spot a car when pulling out of a T-junction), traffic sign recognition to keep you up to date with the speed limit and adaptive cruise control. The latter is coupled to the traffic jam assist, which will stop, start and steer for you at up to 40mph in traffic.
Additional safety features come with the optional Parking Assistance Pack. These include a pre-sense system that tightens the seatbelts and shuts the windows if the car thinks you are about to have an accident, blindspot monitoring and cross-traffic assist. The latter looks out for hazards at the rear when reversing, stopping the car if it thinks you haven't seen something.
All Q5s come with a full Thatcham-approved remote-operated alarm and immobiliser as standard.
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