• The all-new Audi Q7 is awarded a 5-star ANCAP safety rating
  • Also awarded the ‘Best Luxury SUV’ crown by Drive Car of the Year
  • Unanimous first-place decision by the six Drive COTY judges

Australia – Two independent groups of experts have endorsed the all-new Audi Q7’s credentials, with two significant announcements made today.

In outlining the reasons why the all-new Audi Q7 scored a maximum 5-star result in Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) testing, CEO James Goodwin said, “the Q7 offers an impressive list of standard features including an Autonomous Emergency Braking function which operates at both low and high speeds, and it is also fitted with adaptive cruise control and lane keeping systems.”

The all-new Audi Q7 features many highly refined driver assistance and safety systems and some that no other manufacturer offers, including Exit Warning, which warns the driver of traffic approaching from behind when opening the door of their parked vehicle. This important safety feature also detects approaching cyclists, reducing the chance of an accident caused by opening a door in a cyclist’s path.

The six Drive.com.au judges were unanimous in their voting for the ‘Best Luxury SUV’ category. All votes went to the all-new Audi Q7, against strong opposition in the new Volvo XC90 and the BMW X5.

In explaining the reasons why the Q7 was such a unequivocal winner, writer David McCowen said, “the Q7's appeal was anchored by a new interior featuring the brand's fully digital 'virtual cockpit' setup, along with a new laptop-style touchpad controller and a generally superior level of fit and finish to its rivals. Modern driver aids, the most comfortable ride in its class and an electric folding function for its third row of seats helped the Q7 win points.”

Andrew Doyle, Managing Director of Audi Australia, was understandably delighted with the great news for the all-new Q7, on both fronts.

“These awards prove what an outstanding vehicle the all-new Audi Q7 is, especially in terms of safety technology.

“The all-new Q7 really is bold step forward for Audi, in terms of the infotainment features and the technology that we are offering in this segment. Engineers went to great lengths to ensure that the all-new Q7 is one of the safest vehicles on the road, and we are delighted that their efforts have been validated by ANCAP.

“We are delighted that the Drive.com.au judges recognise the all-round excellence of the all-new Audi Q7, especially when measured against some very worthy rivals in the luxury SUV segment. This only serves to reinforce the significance of the Q7’s accolade,” said Mr Doyle.

The all-new Audi Q7 officially went on-sale in September.