The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has awarded the new Audi Q5 with a five-star safety rating due to its impressive levels of standard safety equipment fitted.

In the adult occupant protection (AOP) test, the second-generation Q5 scored 93% or 35.7 points, with Euro NCAP noting the passenger compartment remained stable in a frontal impact. Additionally, all critical body regions of the passenger dummy were well protected.

The Q5 also scored 86% or 42.3 points in the child occupant protection (COP) test, while pedestrian protection was rated at 73% or 31 points. The latter is boosted by an active bonnet that helps reduce the risk of injury to a pedestrian.

In Europe, the Q5 is equipped with the PreSense City suite as standard, which includes autonomous emergency braking (city, interurban and pedestrian detection). The SUV also comes with dual front, side and curtain airbags as well as a speed limiter system, although the lack of a lane support system in this assessment reduced the overall score in the safety assist test to just 58% or seven points.

The new Audi Q5 will arrive in Malaysia by the third quarter of 2017, according to a source from Audi Malaysia. It is built on a revised MLB Evo platform, and employs high-tensile strength as well as aluminium to make it up to 90 kg lighter than its predecessor.