2020 Audi Q7: NHTSA and IIHS Ratings, and Safety Features
|Overall Rating||5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star|
|Overall Front Star Rating||4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star|
|Front Driver Side||4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star|
|Front Passenger Side||4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star|
|Overall Side Star Rating||5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star|
|Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings(Front Seat)||5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star|
|Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings(Rear Seat)||5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star|
|Side Barrier Driver||5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star|
|Side Barrier Rear Passenger||5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star|
|Overall Side Pole Star Rating||5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star|
|Rollover Star Rating||4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star|
|Overall Side Barrier||5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star|
|Small Overlap Front(Driver)||Good|
|Small Overlap Front(Passenger)||Good|
|Moderate Overlap Front||Good|
|Head Restraints and Seats||Good|
|Front Crash Prevention||Superior|
|Latch Ease of Use||Good|
Offered with two engine options, 2.0T and 3.0T, the Q7 has been filled with performance up to its brim. The latter is a supercharged unit that propels the Q7 to 60MPH mark in just 5.5 seconds! That is just pure power. For such performance capabilities, Audi has loaded the Q7 with equally capable safety features.
Based on VW’s reliable MLB platform, the 2020 Q7 shares its underpinnings with the more expensive ultra-luxury vehicles such as Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus. It boasts of many best-in-class safety features such as Audi Adaptive Cruise Control, Audi active lane assist, Park Steering Assist, Audi Pre-Sense, and the list goes on and on. Furthermore, the Q7 is also backed by its German genes in regard to its build quality which adds extra points to its reliability scorecard. Let’s move ahead and peak under its skin to uncover its secrets.
Audi has christened the Q7 with a plethora of safety features, in fact, it is a tech-fest inside. It is offered in three trims namely, “Premium”, “Premium Plus” and “Prestige”. The base trim “Premium” misses out on many advanced safety features, however, you can always incorporate them as an option, for an additional price. That said, Audi has still reserved the dessert for its upper trims. The “Premium Plus” and the top-end trim, “Prestige”, have been loaded with all kinds of advanced tech, be it safety or luxury. Some of them have been borrowed from its ultra-luxury sibling, The A8L.
Apart from these features, the 2020 Audi Q7 has also been equipped with the anti-sway bar system in the suspension setup that has been borrowed from the Audi Q8, adding better offroad capabilities to the three-row SUV. It also ensures a better ride quality by counter-balancing the forces applied on the drivetrain.
Though the 2020 model shares the chassis with the 2019 iteration, a few subtle changes (as mentioned above) surely increase the rigidity of the car. Unfortunately, we do not have the official ratings for the 2020 Q7, let us present to you the ratings for the 2019 model. Since there are only negligible differences between the two, the ratings for the 2019 model should paint a proper image of how well-built the 2020 model is.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) ratings for the 2019 Audi Q7:
The 2019 Audi Q7, as expected, has been awarded an overall rating of “5 stars” by NHTSA. However, the ratings get reduced to “4 stars” in “Frontal barrier crash tests” and “Rollover rating” parameters. According to NHTSA, the Q7 has a 15.70% chance of toppling over when subjected to twisties at high speeds. While “4 stars” is still a respectable rating, there is only so much you can expect from an SUV.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ratings for the 2019 Audi Q7:
The 2019 Audi Q7 has managed to gain a maximum score of “Good” in majority parameters. Just like NHTSA, the Q7 shines here as well. Infact, IIHS has given a rating of “Good+” in the “LATCH” parameter, which is very rare for the segment it belongs to. That said, the 2019 Q7 fails to make it to IIHS’s “Top Safety Pick 2019” list for the large SUV segment, mainly because of its “marginal” performance in the “headlights” parameter.
What features make the Q7 safe?
The Q7 boasts of a long list of advanced safety features. It has been blessed with some of the best-in-class features which certainly elevate its class when compared with its rivals. Some of these are:
Audi Adaptive Cruise Control:
The Q7 comes with the adaptive cruise control system which helps in maintaining a certain speed without any manual input from the accelerator and the steering. Just set a speed, lock onto a vehicle ahead, and leave it on Audi’s cruise assist to take care of the rest. If the vehicle in the front accelerates or decelerates, your Q7 is smart enough to follow the same suit.
Above all that, Audi has also enabled the option for you to press the accelerator and set the new speed limit instantaneously, without juggling with the buttons again. It can also apply brakes automatically if its sensors detect an anomaly ahead.
Traffic Sign Recognition System:
It is quite easy to get immersed in the sheer luxury offered by Audi Q7. Due to the fabulous noise cancellation offered by its cabin, you might not know when you cross the speed limits. This is why, Audi has equipped the Q7 with the traffic sign recognition system which can detect upcoming signboards and pop up a reminder on the MMI about it. Be it speed limits, broken road or a “Men at work” sign, your Audi can see it all.
Park Steering assist:
The Q7 comes with a 360-degree surround camera within which you can even zoom in on the objects to have a closer view. Still feeling lazy to park your car? Don’t worry, as Audi has made provisions to please you here too. Just turn on the Auto-park assist and look for a spot. Once the car automatically detects it, it will prompt a message on the virtual cockpit confirming if you want to park here. Just tap yes and leave it for your Audi to navigate itself into the spot.
Dynamic All-Wheel Steering System:
For a car as big as the Q7, fitting into tight corners could become a challenge. Audi has come up with a solution to such a dilemma. The Q7 offers dynamic all-wheel steering system, as an option, which reduces the turning radius effectively, thus, enabling hassle-free maneuverability in traffic.
What’s so dynamic about it? Well, the Audi Q7 turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction when it is at low speeds and in the same direction when the speed increases. Cool, right?
Audi Active Lane Assist:
In case you are drifting away from the lane, the Active Lane Assist intervenes by pulling the vehicle back into it. This system activates when the user tries to change lanes without the application of indicators. Furthermore, it also vibrates the steering wheel to alert the driver.
So, is the Q7 really safe?
Coming from a rich German heritage in terms of safety and build quality, the Q7 is one of the safest vehicles in Audi’s lineup. Furthermore, Audi offers a complete package; be it entertainment, luxury, performance or safety, the 2020 Q7 is loaded with all of it.
2020 Audi Q7 Safety
Back in 2019, when the Audi Q7 went under a refreshment, it emerged as a puny wagon-like SUV which didn’t really offer much road presence as compared to its rivals. However, Audi took note of that and immediately reacted with a refreshed design for the year 2020. The front grill gets a whole new treatment, add that to the slightly grown-up dimensions of the Q7 and you’ll see the 2020 Q7 back in its form.
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