2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid

2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid Review: Efficiently Potent

The Audi Q5 Hybrid pairs an efficient powertrain with one of Audi's top-selling models. This plug-in hybrid produces 362 horsepower from a combination of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, enabling a 0 to 60 mph sprint of just five seconds - despite the added weight of the battery pack - and boasting the ability to travel for 19 miles on electric power alone. The combined gas-only economy figure stands at 27 mpg. It's a fantastic mix of performance and efficiency, slotting between the mild-hybrid base Q5 and the powerful SQ5, models which we evaluate in separate reviews. Beyond its powertrain, the usual Q5 attributes apply such as an upscale cabin, an utterly unfussed and smooth driving experience, and an intuitive infotainment system. One of the Q5 Hybrid's key rivals is the BMW X3 xDrive30e, which is a sharper handler but isn't as powerful as the Audi. For the most part, the Audi Q5 Hybrid is a thoroughly well-sorted premium SUV.

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2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Q5 Hybrid?

For the new model year, the Q5 has received a visual nip and tuck to keep it fresh. The changes include a thinner Singleframe grille that has also increased in width, along with taller side air intakes. New side sills and a trim element that links the taillight clusters are among the other design updates, while all versions have LED headlights with a special DRL light signature and LED taillights with dynamic turn signals. Distinct Green and Ultra Blue have been added to the list of exterior colors.

The latest MIB 3 infotainment system is standard, and is faster than before; it can be accessed via the latest 10.1-inch touchscreen display. There are also some upgraded materials such as new walnut wood inlays and leather with classy contrast stitching. On the Premium Plus trim, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist and a top-view camera system are now standard. All versions now receive an Integrated Toll Module as standard.

There have been no changes to the plug-in hybrid powertrain, so a 0-60 time of five seconds and a top speed of 130 mph still apply.

Pros and Cons

  • Handsome exterior styling
  • High-quality interior
  • Powerful and efficient hybrid powertrain
  • Quicker than BMW X3 Hybrid
  • Improved safety spec
  • Quiet, smooth ride
  • Rather pricey
  • Some competitors offer more cargo space
  • Not exciting to drive
  • Cheaper mild-hybrid Q5 looks like good value

Best Deals on Q5 Hybrid

2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Premium 55 TFSI quattro e Plug-in hybrid
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
Prestige 55 TFSI quattro e Plug-in hybrid
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
Premium Plus 55 TFSI quattro e Plug-in hybrid
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive

Q5 Hybrid Exterior

2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid Front View Audi
2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid Rear View Audi
2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid Frontal Aspect Audi


  • Length 184.3 in
  • Wheelbase 111.0 in
  • Height 65.5 in
  • Max Width 74.5 in
  • Front Width 63.6 in
  • Rear Width 63.3 in
  • Curb Weight 4,619.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • District Green Metallic
  • Florett Silver Metallic
  • Glacier White Metallic
  • Mythos Black Metallic
  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect
  • Ultra Blue Metallic
  • Ibis White

Q5 Hybrid Performance

2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid Forward Vision Audi
2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid Driving Back View Audi
2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid Engine Bay Audi

Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

Q5 Hybrid SUV Interior

2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid Central Control Panel Audi
2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid Instrument Cluster Audi
2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid Infotainment Setup Audi

Seating and Interior Space

  • Front Leg Room 41.0 in
  • Front Head Room 40.2 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.8 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.7 in

Q5 Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid Front Seats Audi
2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid Trunk Space Audi
2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid Trunk Space with Seat Folded Audi


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

Q5 Hybrid Safety

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid a good SUV?

In our review of the Audi Q5 Hybrid, this clever SUV proved itself to be nearly as quick as the high-performance SQ5, yet far more efficient. It's yet another showcase of a modern hybrid vehicle offering the best of both worlds, where we no longer have to choose between performance and efficiency. When you aren't embarrassing some sports cars, the Q5 Hybrid settles down and is one of the smoothest and most refined premium SUVs around. The cabin is spacious and there are enough features to keep everyone happy, it has an excellent safety rating, and three trim levels offer enough choice.

However, The Q5 isn't the most exciting SUV to drive, and its reliability rating could be better. Another model to consider is the base Q5 mild-hybrid, which is rapid and efficient while coming in at a much more appealing price. On the other hand, the SQ5 is better to drive and barely costs more. With this in mind, could it be that the Q5 PHEV is trying to fill too small of a gap within the Q5 range? Maybe. But that doesn't take away from the fact that this is another well-rounded effort from Audi.

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid?

The most affordable Audi Q5 PHEV in the US is the Premium at an MSRP of $51,900. It's followed by the mid-range Premium Plus which will cost $55,800 and the fully-loaded Prestige at $61,700. These prices exclude Audi's destination charge of $1,095. The price of the Audi Q5 hybrid will exceed $65,000, including destination, when loaded up with options. By comparison, the BMW X3 xDrive30e doesn't offer more than one trim but comes in at a slightly cheaper $49,600 in the USA.

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