Top Safety Pick

2019 Audi Q8

large SUV / 4-door SUV

Award applies only to vehicles with specific headlights

2019 Audi Q8 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention
Standard system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Audi Q8 3.0T Premium Plus 4-door 4wd
The Audi Q8 was introduced in the 2019 model year. The Q8 is derived from the Q7, but it has a more sloping roofline and only two rows of seats instead of three. Driver-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen/Audi as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Audi Q8 3.0T Premium Plus 4-door 4wd
The Audi Q8 was introduced in the 2019 model year. The Q8 is derived from the Q7, but it has a more sloping roofline and only two rows of seats instead of three. Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen/Audi as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Audi Q7 3.0T Premium Plus 4-door 4wd
The Audi Q7 was redesigned for the 2017 model year (no 2016 model was produced). Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen/Audi as part of frontal crash test verification. The ratings also apply to the Audi Q8, introduced in the 2019 model year. The Q8 is derived from the Q7, but it has a more sloping roofline and only two rows of seats instead of three.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Audi Q7 3.0T 4-door 4wd
The Audi Q7 was redesigned for the 2017 model year (no 2016 model was produced). Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen/Audi as part of side crash test verification. The ratings also apply to the Audi Q8, introduced in the 2019 model year. The Q8 is derived from the Q7, but it has a more sloping roofline and only two rows of seats instead of three.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Audi Q7 3.0T Premium 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,946 lbs
Peak force 24,749 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.00

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2019 models

Seat type: Power leather seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Standard Pre Sense Front

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • Premium Plus trim equipped with HD Matrix design LED package
  • Prestige trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp right curve and inadequate on the gradual right and both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual left and gradual right curves and inadequate on the sharp left and sharp right curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Trim level(s)

  • Premium Plus trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the left side of the road and fair on the right side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve and fair on the sharp right and both left curves.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right and gradual left curves and inadequate on the sharp right and sharp left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway, on both left curves and on both right curves.

Trim level(s)

  • Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the left side of the road and fair on the right side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve and fair on the sharp right and both left curves.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right and gradual left curves and inadequate on the sharp right and sharp left curves.

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim 3.0T Premium
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

How child seat anchors are evaluated