2021 Audi Q5

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2021 Audi Q5 Review: Another American Staple

The crossover SUV has become the USA's favorite type of vehicle and competition with the relatively new classification is higher than it's ever been before. The 2021 Audi Q5 comes with an enhanced 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, fresh, contemporary styling, and a good selection of feature upgrades. The 2021 Q5's turbo-four unit now comes coupled with a 12-volt mild-hybrid system for 261 horsepower, a 13-hp increase over last year. Along with brisk acceleration, competent handling, and a refined ride quality, the Q5 SUV also offers buyers a modern and upscale interior that's brimming with features and technology. It's to no extent an exciting car to drive or a carriage so opulent it's exclusive only to royalty, but it measures up nicely against the likes of the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.

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

Audi has made quite a few changes to the second-generation Q5 lineup for 2021. The SUV has a fresh look with a thinner and broader singleframe grille, new side sills, some new wheel designs, and a diffuser insert at the back. All Q5 models come with standard LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and LED taillights with integrated dynamic turn signals. For the PHEV models, Distinct Green and Ultra Blue have been added as new color choices.

Inside, the infotainment interface has been upgraded with a 10.1-inch screen and the latest MIB 3 software. Other changes here include the Integrated Toll Module, now standard on all models. For safer driving, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist and a top-view camera system are now standard on the Premium Plus trim. Audi has also added upgraded Walnut wood inlays and leather.

The combustion-only Q5 is now faster than before thanks to a 13-hp increase in power and the fitment of a 12-volt mild-hybrid system.

Pros and Cons

  • Suave, classy exterior design
  • Ritzy and high-grade interior
  • Brisk and refined performance
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Good safety rating and reliability
  • Detached driving experience
  • Touchscreen can be distracting
  • Not the most practical SUV

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2021 Audi Q5 Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Prestige 45 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$43,300
Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$43,300
Premium 45 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$43,300
Premium 55 TFSI quattro e Plug-in hybrid
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$51,900
Prestige 55 TFSI quattro e Plug-in hybrid
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$51,900

Q5 Exterior

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Dimensions

  • 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 4,079.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

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

Q5 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

With 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque delivered by its 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 gas engine, the Q5 SUV is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in a matter of 5.7 seconds. That's a 13-hp increase over last year's model, and a 0.2 second improvement in off-the-line acceleration thanks to the addition of the 12-volt mild-hybrid system upgrade. Outputs are still ceded through a 7-speed automatic transmission to the Q5's quattro all-wheel drive system.

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Q5 Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    18.5 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 23/28 mpg
* 2021 Audi Q5 Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro

Q5 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • 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 Trunk and Cargo Space

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Q5 Safety and Reliability

Warranty

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

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

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

The BMW X3 is certainly a more poised and engaging car than the 2021 Audi Q5, but that's the driving experience it's been expressly designed to deliver. The Q5 still delivers on the goods, with its brisk and composed drive characteristics, refined ride quality, and exceptional fuel economy. It is, simply put, an appreciably well-balanced cruiser. It's a phenomenal family SUV, too, with its modern, featureful, and commodious cabin, pragmatic 5-door layout, and 4,400-pound towing capacity. It's just ideal for running daily tasks. Both the NHTSA and the IIHS subjected the 2021 Audi Q5 to review and awarded it with top safety ratings, too. Many admire Audi's suave and unpretentious design ethos, something the compact Q5 carries really well, while still immersing its occupants in luxury. At just $43,300, the 2021 Audi Q5 SUV's price is well-worth paying for what you get in return.

🚗What Audi Q5 Model Should I Buy?

Audi typically presents its lineups with three varying trims: the Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The Premium Plus, being the mid-tier option, comes outfitted with a considerable selection of additional specifications, features, and technology over the entry-spec premium, which is why it's often the trim that's recommended. It feels a lot more upscale with its bi-color and larger 19-inch alloy wheels, and on the inside, it presents the driver with Audi's stunning 12.3-inch digital driver display. It also comes standard-fit with a panoramic sunroof, a handy top-view camera system, and adaptive cruise control.

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