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.
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 Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder||261 hp||273 lb-ft||25 mpg|
|2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder Plug-In Hybrid||362 hp||369 lb-ft||27 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.