[Video] The new Audi Q7 receives Top Safety Pick+ award from IIHS image

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety put the biggest Audi SUV through serious safety tests and the new Q7 passed them with flying colours.

After being awarded with the maximum 5-star safety rating from Europe’s NCAP in November, the new generation of Audi Q7 has managed to obtain top scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Along with good ratings in all five of the Institute’s crashworthiness tests, the large luxury SUV earned a superior rating for its standard front crash prevention system. The Q7 was the first big sport utility vehicle to be put through the challenging small overlap front crash test, which was introduced in 2012, as IIHS does not usually test models from this segment. However, the German premium automaker nominated the model for Top Safety Pick+ and paid for the cars used by the Institute in its evaluation.

In 2016, vehicles qualify for Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ if they have good ratings in all five crashworthiness assessments: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints, as well as an available front crash prevention system. If the system earns a basic rating, the vehicle qualifies for Top Safety Pick. The “plus” is awarded to vehicles with an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

In the front crash prevention test, the new Q7 avoided a collision in the 12 mph track test, while in the 25 mph evaluation the vehicle’s speed was cut by an average of 23 mph. The system also includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.