The Audi Q7 Gets Top Marks For Euro NCAP Safety Tests
The newest Audi Q7 SUV has been awarded a solid five-star performance, after rigorous Euro NCAP crash and safety tests.
This may come as no surprise, as Audi have a great history of achieving high marks in past reports.
The Audi Q7 is a luxury crossover SUV that seats seven, in three rows of seats.
The first two rows vow to deliver exceptional comfort, while the third row is sized for small passengers if needed – or given to extra storage space.
In the third year of its second generation, the Q7 comes with a variety of advanced technology and is impressively built, with features and finishes that make it incredible value for money.
Importantly, the 2019 Audi Q7 comes well-equipped with active safety tech as standard, and more systems are available to make the SUV as prepared as possible for compromising situations.
The Euro NCAP
The European New Car Assessment Programme is an independent European car safety performance assessment programme. The Euro NCAP is designed to put a car through its paces, so that drivers may choose a car safe for them and their family, with assistance features that have been impartially tried and tested.
Focused on four key areas, the Euro NCAP report gathers an overall safety rating from various crash and safety tests performed on the car in question. The Audi Q7 endured several crash scenarios - frontal, rear and side tests.
The Audi Q7 survived thorough crash testing, using dummies linked-up to provide impact readings, for analysis on both Adult Occupant Protection and Child Occupant Protection respectively.
The Q7 also underwent Vulnerable Road User safety tests, such as detecting and stopping for unexpected pedestrians and cyclists.
In addition, the Audi Q7’s Safety Assistance features were assessed, such autobraking and lane support.
The Results: Adult Occupant Protection
The Audi Q7 scored high marks during Adult Occupant Protection tests.
The passenger compartment of the Q7 remained stable in a test of a front-end crash. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger.
Audi showcased how a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sitting in different positions. Protection of the chest was good for both driver and passenger.
In both the side barrier crash test and the pole/bollard style impact crash test, protection of all critical body areas was good - the Q7 scored maximum points in these tests.
All crash tests on the front seats and head restraints demonstrated good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.
An assessment of the front seats also indicated good whiplash protection.
The Audi’s emergency braking (AEB) system performed really well in tests of its functionality at the low speeds, typical of city driving at which many whiplash injuries occur. Whiplash was avoided in almost all scenarios.
Additionally, the Q7 AEB system performed well in tests both of its pedestrian detection and its response to cyclists, with collisions avoided in nearly all test scenarios.
Child Occupant Protection
The Audi Q7 also achieved well through the Child Occupant protection tests, scoring a high 86%.
When the Q7 was involved in front and side collisions, protection of both the 6 and 10-year old dummies was great for all critical areas of the body – the Audi Q7 scored maximum points in this part of the assessment.
For families, the Q7 is designed to accommodate most universal child restraint systems, especially since the front passenger airbag is automatically disabled when a rearward-facing child restraint is put in that seating position.
Clear information given to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and safety systems were awarded with high marks too.
Vulnerable Road User Protection
It was found that the Audi Q7 achieved well in the Vulnerable Road User safety tests.
If a pedestrian was to be hit, the Q7 offered good protection to the head, over nearly the whole surface of the bonnet. The bumper also serves a good purpose, offering good protection to the legs of a pedestrian if struck.
Sensors in the bumper can detect that a pedestrian has been struck and in reaction lift the bonnet – this is to push the pedestrian away from the harmful, hard structures in the engine compartment.
The Q7’s Smart Brake Support system was also able to detect Vulnerable Road Users – the Audi Q7 identified pedestrians and reacted accordingly. The Smart Brake system performed well, and in most scenarios, accidents were subsequently completely avoided or eased so the impact was not as damaging.
The safety features included in the Q7 scored a good 72% and the NCAP testing looked at the following:
- Lane Assist
- Speed Assistant System
- Smart Brake Support
- Seat Belt Reminder
Most whiplash injuries occur at in built-up, urban areas at low speeds – despite this, the Smart Brake Support system in the Audi Q7 avoided all potential collisions that may haves occurred in the test’s scenarios, eradicating any potential whiplash injuries or accidents.
The report indicates that the standard-fit Smart Brake Support performed well.
The NCAP report declared that the Q7’s lane assistance system helps to prevent inadvertent drifting out lane, by warning the driver and gently applying some corrective steering.
The system also intervenes more aggressively in some more critical situations, making driving at high speeds safer on motorways.
The report recognised Audi Q7’s camera and digital mapping system that is used to determine the local speed limit - this information is presented to the driver who can choose to let the set limiter adapt the speed accordingly.
The car has a seatbelt reminder system as standard for front and rear seats, ensuring the best safety is afforded to the Q7 driver and their family.
Watch how the Audi Q7 performed during the 2019 Euro NCAP Crash and Safety tests:
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For more detail on how the Audi Q7 performed, you can view the complete Euro NCAP report here.