On sale now at Audi dealerships, the 2017 Q7 earned "good" ratings in all Institute crash tests and a "superior" rating for its standard front crash prevention system.
"IIHS doesn't routinely test large SUVs, and the Q7 is the first to be put through the challenging small overlap front crash test," the Institute said in a statement.
The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.
Standard safety equipment on the 2017 Q7 includes electronic stability control, antilock brakes and Audi pre sense city with automatic emergency braking. The system can detect moving and stationary vehicles, as well as pedestrians, at speeds of up to 52 mph and initiates braking when a potential crash is detected.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not rated the 2017 Q7.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers should note that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the 2016 Infiniti QX80 or Porsche Cayenne. The 2016 BMW X5 earned "good" ratings in two Institute crash tests, but did not earn a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award.