Safety Over Power: Here Are the 3 Safest Audi Models

Whether you’re looking for a large sedan or an SUV, here are the safest models from Audi based on a list of top safety picks from the IIHS.
Written by Jane Lu
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Dec 5, 2021
If you love the carmaker
Audi
, it's probably because of their sleek models and luxury status. Even if you are waiting for another
upcoming luxury SUV
or car, you can still appreciate Audi's vehicles. 
Thankfully, you don't have to trade style for safety. That's because the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
(IIHS) awarded several Audis a spot on its 2021 list of top safety picks.
So whether you fancy a large sedan or an SUV, here are some of Audi's safest models.
Here are the safest models from Audi.

2021 Audi A7 four-door hatchback

Combining a vehicle with the size of a sedan and the clean lines of a hatchback, the A7 wins the large luxury car category. Don't let the hatchback part deter you. While it's no
powerful new Audi RS3
, the A7 is far from a mild-mannered family car.
Besides its safety features, one thing that sets the A7 apart from other brands is its powertrain options. You can choose either a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) option or a V-6. Neither one skimps on power.
The PHEV engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. According to
Audi
, it delivers 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, with an impressive 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds.
The 3.0-liter V-6 is on par with 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft torque, taking you from 0-60 in 5.2 seconds. Both engine options come with quattro, Audi's all-wheel drive.
As for tech and features, the A7 has a set of two touch screens at the center of the dashboard that controls media options and vehicle climate control. Just above the steering wheel, there is a 12.3-inch HD display with "virtual cockpit" options for navigation as well as your gauge displays. 

2021 Audi Q5 SUV

If you're looking for a reliable, sporty-looking, and safe, midsize SUV, in comes the Q5. While it may not be Audi's fastest choice, it still delivers great stats, according to
Car and Driver
The Q5 also has a choice of drivetrains, either PHEV or a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, with all-wheel drive.
The turbocharged four-cylinder makes 335 horsepower with 369 lb-ft of torque. The PHEV bumps those figures up thanks to its electric motor with 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
Depending on which of the three trim levels you choose, the Q5 has varying levels of tech. Even the base model dons a 10.1-inch dashtop infotainment screen. The higher-level Premium Plus and Prestige trims bring in the 12.3-inch widescreen digital gauge cluster and navigation.

2021 Audi e-tron SUV

The larger and more stately option, the fully electric e-tron boasts more power as well. While it's not the
cheapest electric vehicle
, it is a great choice for a higher price point. You can also tow up to 4,000 pounds with this cool crossover, according to
Audi
For this cool luxury SUV, you're looking at an impressive 402 horsepower with 490 lb-ft of torque, thanks to its twin electric motors. Of course, you have Audi's quattro all-wheel drive to boot.
It's also got a great amount of integrated technology, like the digital gauge cluster with virtual cockpit displays for navigation routes. Like the other Audis on the list, there are two touch screens at the center console for infotainment and cockpit controls like climate control and other features.
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