Euro NCAP awarded the Q5 a full five-star safety rating in its crash testing, although if you look at the individual scores for each category its rival the Mercedes GLC achieved slightly higher marks for protecting adults, children and quite a sizeable improvement when it came to looking after pedestrians.
Every Q5 gets six airbags as standard (you can add two more rear side 'bags 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 Driver Assist 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 to maintain a set distance from the car in front.
Additional safety features come with the optional Parking Assist Pack Advanced. These are a pre-sense system that tightens the seatbelts and shuts the windows if the car thinks you are about to have an accident, blind spot monitoring and Cross-Traffic Assist. The latter looks of 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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