2021 Audi Q5

MSRP $43,300

Ranked #8 in Suv

2021 Audi Q5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Having held its place in a fiercely competitive compact luxury crossover segment for over 12 years, the Audi Q5 has carved itself into a small but savant group of appreciators. The Q5 offers all the comfort you’d expect and all the technology you can get. Now powered by a 12-volt hybrid system, Audi offers its state-of-the-art technology in the powertrain as well as in its cabin. 

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Pros

Sleek, savvy looks

Stunning in-car technology

Comfortable ride and easy-to-drive nature

Wet-weather traction with Quattro

Cons

Too laid-back to drive - takes away from the fun of it

Interior could have been more accommodating

Cargo space is on the lower side

What's New?

The front fascia is upgraded with an octagonal grille and a faux diffuser for a front bumper, giving the Q5 a techy look to bring it up to par with newly updated competitors.

The rear bumper has also been altered to look like a diffuser for a sporty look, while the chrome accents along with the window frame and along the lower body remain intact

Slightly redesigned headlights and taillights also add to the unique Audi looks, and there are new alloy designs available


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$43300

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

135 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

273 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift Manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.3/13 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

183.6 in.

width

74.5 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

4034 lbs.

ground clearance

8.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

11.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

54.06 cu ft.

towing capacity

4400 lbs.

payload capacity

1058 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.2 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Premium$43,300 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Audi Q5 in Florett Silver Metallic color
Florett Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.4

Overall Rating


The Audi Q5 maintains its powerful but composed drive and ride with its trademark dullness, so it doesn’t make it into the list of heavyweight performers. It does provide commendable levels of luxury and comfort, not to mention in-car technology that is simply a delight to watch, leaving the high-performance bits to the SQ5. It goes up against plenty of rivals, the closest of which are the Volvo XC60BMW X3Lexus NX, and the Cadillac XT4.

2021 Audi Q5 SUV front view
2021 Audi Q5 SUV rear view

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2021 Audi Q5 Features

Instead of sticking to the traditional trim-based segregation of its models, Audi has decided to offer a little more customization in light of the new Sportback body style, as well as the new hybrid powertrain options. Two engine options, two body styles, and three trims - Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige, make for a total of 12 configurations. Differentiated by the numbers 45 and 55, the mild hybrid and PHEV powertrains are both available in the Audi Q5.

Trim

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP (45)

$44,595 

$48,895 

$55,195 

MSRP (55)

$53,195

$56,996

$62,395

Key Features

18” alloys

In addition to or replaces Premium trim features with:

In addition to or replaces Premium Plus trim features with:

 

Power Liftgate

19" sport alloys

Audi adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam assist and active lane assist

 

Audi Pre Sense

Top View ( 360 degree) Camera System

19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound

 

10-speaker audio system

Panoramic sunroof

Audi Connect

 

8-way power-adjustable, heated front seats

Parking System Plus 

Matrix LED headlamps

 

Leather seats

Audi Virtual Cockpit w/ Sport Mode (optional)

High beam assist

 

10.1" Display w/ MMI Navigation Plus & Audi Connect

Emergency braking assist

Heads-up display

Which trim should you buy?

Between the various options, features, body styles, and powertrains on offer, the Audi Q5 is a confusing purchase that can get expensive if the costs are left unchecked. The German manufacturer is charging a massive premium on its PHEV powertrain, and the tech isn’t exactly groundbreaking, to say the least. Therefore we recommend you stick to the mild-hybrid offered in the 45 while going for the Prestige trim as it has all the features you’d expect in a proper luxury crossover.

2021 Audi Q5 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

According to Audi, the 2021 Q5 is an SUV that offers a powerful driving experience among other things. Churning out 261 horsepower from its turbocharged four-pot, the German manufacturer got the ‘powerful’ part somewhat right, but the crossover fails to deliver much of a driving experience. The 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and Quattro drivetrain do most of the work for you, and it's only on sudden, last-ditch maneuvers that you would find some excitement and awe for the Q5's capabilities. Despite not being as exciting to drive as rivals, the Q5 offers a predictable setup, wherein you just know how the car will respond to your throttle and steering inputs for an easygoing drive.

2021 Audi Q5 SUV in action mode

Courtesy of the lightning-quick Quattro AWD system, the 2021 Audi Q5 puts power down with some urgency. It can go from a standstill to 60 miles an hour in just 5.5 seconds in its mild hybrid guise, so we wonder how quick the PHEV powertrain would be considering its combined output of 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of twisting force. Both powertrain options allow for quick acceleration and usable straight-line performance, but don’t offer much in the way of thrills so to speak.

2021 Audi Q5 SUV engine bay

Models

2021 Audi Q5

2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i

2021 Cadillac XT5 Luxury

2021 Lexus NX 300h

2021 Volvo XC60 T5 R-Design

MSRP

$44,595 

$43,995

$45,090

$40,060

$50,150

Engine

2.0L I-4 Turbo

2.0-liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Gas I4

2.0 liter NA Inline-4

2.0L I-4 Turbo

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

FWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

7-Speed DCT

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

CVT

8-speed shiftable automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

261hp@5,000RPM

248 hp @ 5,200 rpm

237hp @5000rpm

194hp@5700rpm

250 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

186 @ 4,000

258 lb-ft @ 1,450 rpm

258lb-ft@1500rpm

258lb-ft

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.5

6.2

6.5

9.1

6.4

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.2

14.9

15.4

16.3

15.1

Top-Speed (MPH)

135

135

125

112

112

Judging by the quality on offer in the segment, all of us know just how close the competition between these crossovers would be. The newly upgraded powertrain in the 2021 Audi Q5 outperforms the rest on paper, while its intelligent AWD system helps it achieve much better 0 to 60 runs than its rivals as well. It is also the quickest to finish a standing quarter mile.

Despite the FWD architecture, the Cadillac XT5 manages to post decent 0 to 60 timings, which would have been the slowest in the segment if not for the sedate NX 300h and its quiet powertrain. As far as top-speeds go, the crossover is a body type capable of achieving liftoff with enough air flowing under it, therefore there are speed limiters in place that act in as early as 112 mph in the Volvo and Lexus, while the Audi and BMW are limited at 135 miles per hour. 

How well does the 2021 Audi Q5 handle?

It's easy to start with the lack of sportiness in the Audi Q5 and its handling characteristics, but what Audi does offer is a relaxed, predictable vehicle that just isn’t on its toes. It does everything you want it to do under normal driving conditions but calls for correction through a fast corner while trying to prioritize comfort over the performance that you’re literally asking for, which it fails to do when pushed too hard. It does have the ability to be incredibly agile in some situations, but this triggers a suspension or chassis response that won’t have you eager for the same maneuver again. 

Excitement, exhilaration, and adrenaline aside, there is a comfortable command the Q5 has over itself when it’s not being pushed or chucked around, and the chassis controls its positioning very well. Quattro is very useful at maintaining wet-weather traction, and the suspension is strung softly enough for alleviating ride quality in all seats. All things considered, the Q5 does a great job at allowing you to assert so much control over it through its refined electronics, but that does come at the expense of natural feedback from your wheels and tires to your inner driving senses.

Braking Performance

Crossovers aren’t the most aerodynamic vehicles around but are still proficient at gaining speed and changing directions than the SUVs of yesteryear. This increase in athleticism has led to the need for vehicles like the Q5 to have ample braking power, considering their 0-60 timing of 5.5 seconds. 13.3” diameter disc brake rotors on the front wheels and 13” rotors at the back enable the 2021 Audi Q5 to come to a halt from 60 miles per hour in just 112 feet. The brakes do an excellent job at slowing the 4,000 pound SUV down to a halt over such a short distance. It would have been the best braking performance in the segment if not for the Cadillac XT5

Models

2021 Audi Q5 45

2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i

2021 Cadillac XT5 Luxury

2021 Lexus NX 300h

2021 Volvo XC60 T5 R-Design

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.3

13.7

13.6

11.5

13.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13

13.5

12.4

10.5

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,034

3,931

3,915

4,180

4,105

60-0 (feet)

112

114

111

128

116

Housing larger front rotors and smaller rear rotors as compared to the Q5, the Cadillac XT5 decelerates from 60 to 0 in just 111 feet. Despite using larger brake rotors than any of its competition on both front and rear wheels, the 2021 BMW X3 fails to achieve the kind of braking efficiency of its rivals. While the competition is close between four of these SUVs, the Lexus NX 300h immediately differentiates itself from its more capable competitors, using smaller brake rotors and being the heaviest of the lot, the NX 300h halts from 60 mph over a distance of 128 feet.

2021 Audi Q5 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Another aspect of driving that is equally affected by aerodynamics is fuel economy, and crossovers find it hard to come by sometimes. The refinement of the powertrain in the 2021 Audi Q5 ensures seamless switching between battery power and combustion engine, in either mild-hybrid or PHEV forms, therefore maintaining a good city mpg figure of 23. The crossover manages to offer 27 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined, which is better than what Cadillac offers.

Models

2021 Audi Q5

2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i

2021 Cadillac XT5 Luxury

2021 Lexus NX 300h

2021 Volvo XC60 T5 R-Design

MPG (City)

23

25

18

33

22

MPG (Highway)

27

29

26

30

29

MPG (Combined)

25

27

22

31

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

17.2

19.4

14.8

18.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

423/518/463

430/499/464

407/543/415

488/444/458

376/508/432 

The difference made by refinement of powertrains is most evident in this table, as the European crossovers achieve decent mpg figures, not going lower than 22 mpg in the city, whereas the Cadillac XT5 manages a meager 18 mpg in the city. It does, however, make up for its lack of efficiency with a larger fuel tank that allows it to travel for distances similar to its competition. The most economical option here is the Lexus NX 300h, which manages more than 30 miles per gallon in both city and highway conditions combined. The Audi Q5 posts the best maximum range overall, although the XT5 has a better range out on the highway, and the segment-leading city mpg figure of the Lexus helps it top the city range.

2021 Audi Q5 Interior

8.5/10

The interior of the Q5 has always received a mixed bag of responses. The technology on offer is just a pleasure to watch and use, as seen in the Audi Digital Cockpit that allows for a customizable driver display. The shape of the gear shifter is one among many futuristic, stylish elements strewn across the cabin of the 2021 Q5. However, the floating touch screen and dashboard styling look slightly blunt as opposed to the sharp styling you would find elsewhere in the interior of the 2021 Audi Q5.

2021 Audi Q5 SUV cockpit area

Plush leather seats and soft-touch surfaces are behind the cabin and its luxury feel, and there aren’t many hard surfaces you’ll find directly within your vision. Ergonomics are spot on, and every function is within the reach of the driver seat. It isn’t hard to find a comfortable seating or driving position with the 8-way adjustable front seats. Heated seats are available for those at war with the cold climate they live in, and ventilated seats can be had at an extra cost on the lower trims, while it is standard in the Prestige trim.

Models

2021 Audi Q5

2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i

2021 Cadillac XT5 Luxury

2021 Lexus NX 300h

2021 Volvo XC60 T5 R-Design

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

41.7/57.7/41.0

41.1/57.6/40.3

39.7/58.3/41.2

38.2/57.3/42.8

38.0/58.2/41.5

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.3/56.5/37.8

39.1/56.0/36.4

39.7/56.3/39.0

38.1/55.3/36.1

38.0/56.3/38.0

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

25.6

28.7

N/A

N/A

29.7

When it comes to interior room, the Q5 does have its advantages over the rest of the segment. Offering segment-leading front headroom, the front seats are a nice place to be for taller folks, and there is enough legroom to suffice as well. The space available in the crossover is not evenly spaced between the two seating rows, as the rear row has significantly less legroom than the front seats. The seats behind are in no way cramped, as the 39.3” of headroom is better than most of the competition, and the 37.8” of rear legroom is competitive as well. The interior room in the Q5 could have been managed better, as it offers low cargo room for its size. Standout interior features in the 2021 Audi Q5:

  • Heated front seats
  • 8-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Leather seats and upholstery
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Optional Heads-up display

How is the infotainment in the 2021 Audi Q5?

Audi and their devotion to advancement in technology bode well for their customers. Right from the lowest ‘Premium’ trim onwards, the Q5 provides a 10.1” multimedia touchscreen floating at the top of the dashboard. The software has been updated for 2021 and offers quicker operational times while preserving its hands-free methods of use. While the infotainment screen is standard across all trims, the Premium Plus and Prestige trims get the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster.

2021 Audi Q5 SUV infotainment system

The instrument cluster is configurable based on the information that the driver wants displayed. It spans 12.3” diagonally, and has room for simultaneous operation of navigation along with whatever else you want it to show, obviously including the required dials for driving. As for hardware, the Audi Q5 comes with a 10-speaker system as standard, which can be upgraded to a premium B&O audio system. Highlights of the infotainment system include:

  • Audi Virtual Cockpit
  • 10.1” touchscreen display
  • Optional 19-speaker Bang and Olufsen 3D sound system
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • WiFi hotspot capabilities

2021 Audi Q5 Exterior

7.0/10

Although the Audi vehicles just look like larger versions of one another, they follow an age-old design language that was futuristic when first unveiled. The design has also matured well over time, as the incorporation of LEDs and sharper elements have only gone with the typical Audi style. For 2021, the front fascia has been redesigned to get with the times, featuring an octagonal grille and new headlamps. The front and rear bumpers have been remodeled to look like diffusers, although they do not affect actual performance whatsoever. The 2021 Audi Q5 also gets new LED taillights.

2021 Audi Q5 SUV 

Models

2021 Audi Q5

2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i

2021 Cadillac XT5 Luxury

2021 Lexus NX 300h

2021 Volvo XC60 T5 R-Design

Curb Weight (lb)

4,034

3,931

3,915

4,180

4,105

Length (inches)

183.6

185.9

189.6

182.6

184.6

Width (inches)

74.5

74.4

74.9

73.6

78.7

Height (inches)

65.3

66.0

66.1

64.8

65.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.2

8.0

7.8

6.9

8.5

Wheelbase (inches)

111.0

112.8

112.5

104.7

112.8

Compared to the competition, the Audi Q5 has a recognizable silhouette that has its fair share of road presence. The Q5 is arguably more imposing than its German rival - the BMW X3, although the Volvo XC60 sits higher and taller than the Q5, not to mention longer and wider as well. The XC60’s sleek styling does make it look smaller than the burlier but smart-looking Audi Q5. The BMW and Volvo crossovers have the longest wheelbase in the segment, offering more interior room than rivals, and the Lexus NX 300h offers a more car-like experience with its lower ground clearance and shorter wheelbase. Major exterior features include:

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Roof rails (optional)
  • LED Matrix Headlamps
  • New octagonal grille
  • New LED taillights
  • 18”, 19”, and 20” alloys to choose from

2021 Audi Q5 Safety

8.0/10

According to the Audi and NHTSA websites, the 2021 Q5 gets a 5-star rating for overall safety. The score would have been a result of a perfect 5-stars in every safety test, if not for the inherent limitations of the crossover body style. With the increased ground clearance, the rollover risk of the car rises dramatically compared to a sedan, and the Q5 receives 4-stars for a rollover risk of 16.40%. Apart from the structural integrity provided by intelligent design, Audi offers its Pre Sense Suite of driver assistance technology. Apart from the standard tech, higher trims offer automatic parking features or a parking assist. Notable safety features include:

  • Lane Keep Assist 
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Front Collision Mitigation with Pedestrian Detection
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Park Assist
  • Audi Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Jam Assist
  • Top-view camera

2021 Audi Q5 Competition

7.0/10

2021 Audi Q5 vs BMW X3

The Audi Q5 and BMW X3 are of similar dimensions and often find themselves on the same page when it comes to picking a luxury crossover. The truth is, these crossovers could not provide a more different experience when compared to each other. The Audi is every bit as composed as the BMW is sporty. Both these vehicles would stick themselves between the white lines on a set of twisty roads, but Audi cannot compete with the rear-bias drivetrain in the X3 without offering it in their Quattro system themselves. Overall, the Q5 is more suited towards chauffeur-driven buyers, just as the BMW X3 is meant for driving enthusiasts. 

BMW X3

2021 Audi Q5 vs 2021 Cadillac XT5

Cadillac, having recently forayed into the crossover space, has made its mark with some good-looking machines that offer just what the brand is known for, sophisticated luxury combined with brash performance. Unlike the high-performance Cadillacs, the XT5 makes do with a turbocharged four-cylinder, and it prods along with the competition just fine, despite its FWD architecture. While the Audi may have an advantage with the Quattro AWD system, the German SUV will find it tough to vie for sales against the crossover of American origin.

2021 Cadillac XT5

2021 Audi Q5 vs 2021 Lexus NX 300h

The Lexus NX 300h is quite easily the least suited crossover on the list. All the rivals in the segment offer a worthy driving experience, but the Lexus provides a lackluster drive, hampered by the heavyweight of the vehicle. Unlike the German counterparts which feel like they are glued to the ground, the Lexus NX 300h just feels heavy on its own tires. It is a very comfortable car though, and the Japanese luxury car manufacturer outdoes Audi with regard to interior quality.

2021 Lexus NX 300h

2021 Audi Q5 vs 2021 Volvo XC60

These two are very equally matched as crossover options for those who prefer the rear seat. Both of them have an inclination towards comfort over performance and utilize the technology at hand to make their vehicle look like a more valuable proposition. The Volvo XC60 employs in-car technology that provides plenty of control over settings such as steering sensitivity, among others. On the other hand, the Audi Q5 uses technology all around the car but doesn’t leave much to the freedom of the passengers inside. We aren’t saying the Volvo tech is better or that much more customizable even, but the Volvo XC60 is a lot flashier on the inside, relative to the Q5 at least. 

2021 Volvo XC60

 

2021 Audi Q5 Final Verdict

Anybody working in the tech space would be amazed at how advanced the in-car technology in the Audi Q5 is. For 2021, the technology looks like it belongs inside the car, or it was made for it rather. Apart from technology, the Q5 offers plenty of luxe in its use of materials, not to mention the fit and finish characteristic of a globally successful manufacturer. The 2021 Audi Q5 isn’t known as the most reliable crossover in its segment, but with an extended warranty, it shouldn’t let you down. 

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