Smaller and midsize SUVs have been struggling to get decent scores in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) tricky small overlap crash test, but Audi’s Q5 is not one of them.
It’s not stellar in that specific test, as it still bends and crumples severely in the crash, but you would walk away from it. It’s rated good in the small overlap, and it all adds up with excellent results in the other tests, achieving the maximum Top Safety Pick+ rating.
The IIHS report that during the small overlap test, arguably the toughest one a new car has to pass, “measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of injuries in a crash of this severity.”
The car got the plus at the end of its rating thanks to the optional available crash prevention system, mandatory nowadays for the maximum mark from the institute. Either way, whatever you do, you may want to avoid a minivan from the current (or older) crop as they proved to be the closest definition to modern coffins on wheels…