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2021 Audi Q5

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2021 45 Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sport Utility
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Price:   -  From $43,300
2021 45 Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sportback Price:   -  From $47,800
2021 e 55 Premium 4dr All-wheel Drive quattro Sport Utility Price:   -  From $51,900
2021 SQ5 3.0T Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sport Utility Price:   -  From $52,900
2021 SQ5 3.0T Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sportback Price:   -  From $56,100
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3.5 (Good)

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What's New

The 2021 Audi Q5 sees some significant updates for the new model year. It features updated styling highlighting Audi's newest design language, which includes a thinner and wider grille and updated bumpers and headlights.

Additionally, the standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine gets a 13-horsepower increase and mild hybrid functionality. The plug-in hybrid variant also gets a horsepower bump.

The Q5 also gets updated leather upholstery with contrast stitching, interior wood trim, a new 10.1-inch touchscreen, and a smattering of active safety features.

Choosing Your Audi Q5

The Q5 is available in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Pricing starts at $44,395 including destination for the base Premium model and rises to $55,095 for the range-topping Prestige.

Engine Choices

The Q5 is offered with two powertrains. The base engine, called 45 TFSI by Audi, is a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. The 55TFSIe is the plug-in hybrid version of the same engine. It adds an electric motor and 14.1-kWh battery pack to the mix.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder261 hp273 lb-ft25 mpg
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder Plug-In Hybrid362 hp369 lb-ft27 mpg

The price premium for the greener option is $8,600 on the Premium or $7,700 on the top two trims. The plug-in hybrid can get 20 miles of all-electric range, according to the EPA.

With both powertrains, power is routed to all four wheels through a standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Q5, which is 15 inches shorter than the Audi Q7, offers seating for five passengers. It neatly fits among the BMW X3 and the Mercedes GLC-Class crowd, though it’s not terribly space-efficient inside. Rear-seat passengers have 37.8 inches of leg room and 39.3 inches of head room.

The cargo area can hold 25.1 cubic feet of stuff, which expands to 53.1 with the rear seat folded down.

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Safety Features

The updated Q5 is fitted with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic high beams.

Adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and a surround-view camera join the roster with the mid-level Premium Plus trim. The Prestige adds an automated parking system.

The NHTSA has given the Q5 a five-star overall safety rating.


The Q5 gets upgraded to Audi’s new, third-generation infotainment platform that's 10 times faster and can download more data per second than last year’s model. Controlled through a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, all Q5s include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The Premium gets a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, but the Premium Plus and Prestige feature Audi's 12.3-inch unit. The Premium Plus also gets wireless charging, while the Prestige is equipped with a head-up display, navigation, and a Bang and Olufsen audio system.

Audi Q5

Premium - From $44,395

The Q5 Premium comes equipped with the updated styling, roof rails, LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch wheels, a power tailgate, and keyless entry. Inside, it features leather upholstery, power-adjustable and heated front seats, wood interior trim, push button start, and three-zone automatic climate control.

The Convenience Package is $1,100 and includes a heated steering wheel, auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors, satellite radio, and memory settings for the driver's seat. A power panoramic sunroof is a standalone option for $1,450.

Premium Plus - From $49,195

The midrange Premium Plus is fitted with the features of the Convenience Package, 19-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, wireless charging, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and the surround-view camera.

The Warm Weather Package ($1,450) includes ventilated sport seats, power lumbar support for the front seats, and rear window sunshades.

Prestige - From $55,095

The Prestige incorporates ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, navigation, the head-up display, the Bang and Olufsen audio system, a power steering column with memory settings, dual-pane acoustic glass, and matrix-design LED headlights.

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CarsDirect Tip

From its powertrain to the digital gauge cluster to the infotainment system, the 2021 Audi Q5 Premium Plus with the plug-in hybrid set up is our pick of the litter. It's uber high tech and green, making it the definition of modern-day luxury.

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Expert Review

  • Nicely crafted cabin
  • Strong base powertrain
  • PHEV option
  • Classy Audi styling...
  • ...might be too subtle for some
  • PHEV pricing
  • So-so fuel economy
  • Gets pricey quick
Expert Rating
3.5 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Segment darling. If you've been paying attention even a little bit, you already know that luxury compact crossovers are the latest fashion in car trends. In this privileged corner of the marketplace, the competition is stiff and the money to be made is significant. To win here, automakers need to be on their A game without exception.

Audi understands this, perhaps better than most of the players in this segment. That, at least, might be the best explanation as to why the 2021 Audi Q5 is such a darling of the market.

The Q5 is in part so well received because it's so well rounded. There's three engines to pick from, luxury accoutrements aplenty, and a driving experience that is classically Germanic in its comfort and solidity. It's no wonder the Q5 is Audi's best seller.

The 2021 model gets mildly updated styling, more horsepower for the base engine, and a new touchscreen interface. The styling tweaks might not be immediately apparent to anyone outside the Audi design team, but these updates nonetheless make the Q5 an even stronger player in this red-hot segment.

Potent base engine. Three different engines are on the menu for the Audi Q5. The most potent of these is the turbocharged six-cylinder in the muscled-up Audi SQ5; it's removed enough from the rest of the lineup that it's covered separately.

Of the two remaining engines, most buyers will gravitate toward the base 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. This turbo-four puts out a decent 262 horsepower, up from 248 hp last year. That's plenty of power for a base engine, but it isn't enough to be best-in-class; that title goes to the Acura RDX and its 272 hp. The Q5 still has more power its archrivals the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, however.

It goes from 0-60 mph in a quick 5.7 seconds, which is faster than the aforementioned Acura, the X3, and the Volvo XC60. It's nearly two seconds quicker than the Lincoln Corsair and Cadillac XT4 as well.

More impressive than straight-line speed is the smoothness and composure that this base engine emanates. There's nothing base about it, other than its position as the standard-issue powertrain. It mates up to all-wheel drive and a smart-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission. It's quick and confident in nearly all circumstances and always unperturbed.

Audi Q5

Q5, hybridized. The other and more interesting option is the plug-in hybrid variant Audi began offering last year. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, or PHEVs, remain an anomaly in this segment; outside of the Q5, only the Mercedes GLC offers such an option. The only other choice for eco-minded buyers are the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE, Tesla Model Y, and the fully-electric options from Audi and Mercedes.

The uniqueness of the PHEV Q5 should serve it well as more buyers warm to the idea of a hybrid vehicle. There's nothing odd, outlandish, or disconcerting about the fancy powertrain; all the goodness of the regular Q5 is still here in spades, like the quiet ride and confident handling.

The only complaint we have is regarding the general gusto of the gas-electric combination. The setup, a 2.0-liter turbo-four paired to a 14-kWh battery and a single electric motor, produces a full 349 combined hp.

It should deliver 60 mph in five seconds flat, but the weight of the electric hardware was apparent from behind the wheel. It was still fast and quick, just not so much as the numbers had us hyped for. This is no Tesla, in case anyone was thinking otherwise.

That probably doesn't matter too much – if you need speed, the SQ5 will more than satisfy. The bigger deal here for shoppers is range and efficiency.

Audi quotes 20 miles of total all-electric range and a two-hour charging time to recover a fully depleted battery. The EPA rates the PHEV Q5 for 27 miles per gallon combined when operating as a traditional hybrid, which betters the combined rating of the base engine by 3 mpg.

Whether the premium paid for the PHEV Q5 is worth the extra 3 mpg is another matter entirely. Pricing begins at just under $54,000 after destination, which is a full $11,000 more than than a base Q5.

Helping justify that upcharge are additional features like a full digital cluster, navigation, and 19-inch wheels. Still, the price might nonetheless give potential buyers reason to pause.

Tech prowess. A sleek, high-tech cabin has always been a centerpiece of an Audi vehicle, be it one from 20 years ago or one built yesterday. The Q5 is no exception to this. Technology doesn't just refine the experience, it defines it.

The heart of the matter is the infotainment system. This year sees an updated setup, with a new 10.1-inch touchscreen – that's up over 3 inches compared to last year's model.

Ensconced in that big screen is Audi's excellent MMI system. The software has been updated this year as well, and the result is faster processing speeds and improved graphics. There's also a voice recognition feature that manages to do a decent job.

Move up from the base Premium to the mid-level Premium Plus and there's also a standard 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster to augment the big touchscreen. It's an eye-pleaser with its customizable menus and attractive, high-definition displays. For models equipped with navigation, routes and maps can also be displayed here aside the usual readouts.

The higher trims also come standard with adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, along with all the other active safety tech that's standard fare on all Q5 models. Between that and the digital cluster, we'd spend the extra coin for a Premium Plus.

Final thoughts. The 2021 Audi Q5 is a tough crossover to beat. It does everything right: ample power, decent gas mileage, and a nicely finished cabin earn the Q5 high marks in the most critical categories. The intuitive technology and its two optional powertrains lend further credence to its overall excellence.

If there's anything holding the Q5 back, it's the Audi styling. Classy as it is, there's more emotional, engaging designs from the competition. For proof, just take a look at the Lincoln Corsair or Volvo XC60.

But styling is a subjective matter. Objectively speaking, there's little to deride here. The Q5 does it all and does it well. Those in the market for a compact luxury crossover shouldn't dismiss this Audi without first giving it a fair shake.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 261 HP / 273 ft.lbs.
7-spd S tronic auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Automatic Full-time Quattro Ultra All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 28 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 261 HP / 273 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Automatic Full-time Quattro Ultra All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 28 / 25 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
54.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
184.3 "
Exterior Width
74.5 "
Exterior Height
65.5 "
Front Headroom
39.6 " / 40.2 " / 41.7 "
Rear Headroom
39.3 " / 37.7 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
38.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,079 Lbs.
Wheel Base
111 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated / Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated Passenger
Front Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / 10-way (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / 10-way (8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / 10-way (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
10 / 19 Bang & Olufsen
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Audi Pre Sense City Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Audi Side Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure / Audi Active Lane Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Traffic Jam Assist Hands-on Steering Assist / Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Audi Pre Sense City Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Audi Parking System Plus Front And Rear / Audi Park Assist Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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