Audi Q5 SUV (2016 -) Safety & Reliability

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 12 Apr 2017
Despite its same-again looks suggesting otherwise, the second-generation Audi Q5 SUV is based on different underpinnings, with A5 Coupe-aping voluptuousness along the flanks, and a chunkier Q7-esque grille lending an aggressive air to the front end. Depending on the model, it’s also shed up to 90kg of heft.

4.6 out of 5



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  • Five stars when crash tested by Euro NCAP
  • All have partial LED lighting and all-wheel drive
  • So much remains on the options list, though

As expected the crash testing experts at Euro NCAP awarded the Audi Q5 a full five-star safety score when it was assessed.

Among the safety highlights every Q5 benefits from are LED day-running lights and tail lamps, part-time Quattro all-wheel drive (full-time on the SQ5) , cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, a pop-up bonnet for enhanced pedestrian protection, automatic lights and wipers, two Isofix child seat-mounting points in the rear seats and six airbags.

What we’re disappointed about is how much of the plethora of cutting edge safety equipment remains on the extra-cost options list.

Although S Line and SQ5 versions have full LED headlamps, Audi’s matrix LED units are extras on all models – these ones shut down portions of light so as to not dazzle oncoming cars when the main beam is switched on.

It’s worth noting that automatic main beam lighting is also extra.

Similarly, Audi’s excellent head-up display system that projects key information such as speed and sat-nav directions onto the windscreen is also optional.

Fancy adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, blindspot warning, cross-traffic alert to advise you of oncoming vehicles when reversing out of a space or even a clever system where a warning light flashes if you’re about to open a door with cars approaching from behind? Well they all cost extra, too.

If you’re buying a new Q5 and have funds to spend on options, think carefully about whether you need those larger alloy wheels or an upgraded audio system over something that will keep you and your passengers safer.

3.8 out of 5


  • Proven mechanical components
  • Well-made; feels solid
  • Previous Q5 subjected to four recalls

It’s difficult to assess the reliability of a model in the very early stages of its life, but the signs are that the Audi Q5 should have a strong reputation for uninterrupted service.

Virtually every mechanical component has already been proven in another Audi or Volkswagen Group car, while those elements that have been introduced on the Q5 are essentially developments of technology seen elsewhere already.

It’s also true that the first-generation Q5 proved reliable, although it was subjected to four different official recalls according to the vehicle inspectorate, the DVSA. Maladies included a potentially shattering sunroof, a loss of braking performance and a potential fuel leak.

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