Audi Q7 Named Top Safety Pick+ for 2017
Redesigned Three-Row Gets "Good" Scores Across the Board
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just added the 2017 Audi Q7 SUV to its list of Top Safety Pick+ winners thanks to the Audi’s “Good” performance on each of the agency’s crash tests and its available crash prevention software.
According to the IIHS, the Audi Q7 was the first large SUV to be put through the institute’s demanding small overlap front crash test. It was tested because the automaker nominated it for the safety rating and paid for the vehicles used in testing.
Although we’re not crash scientists, the Q7 seemed to have performed admirably in the test, with a remarkably low level of interior intrusion and steering column deformation. In the video below, the steering wheel stays almost completely in front of the driver through the initial collision and rebound, keeping the airbag where it’s most needed.
The Audi Q7 received a “Good” score on this test, as well as each of the other crash metrics. Additionally, the IIHS found the Q7’s standard Audi Pre Sense City to meet the government’s minimum standard for forward collision warning, but it also completely prevented a 12-mph collision and significantly mitigated a 25-mph collision, slowing the vehicle by 23 mph.
With such a strong showing from Audi, luxury SUV shoppers concerned with safety have something of a dilemma on their hands. The similarly sized Volvo XC90 is in lockstep with the Q7 in all of its tests, as is the slightly cheaper Acura MDX. Choosing one over the others will be a challenge for many consumers.
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety