2021 Audi Q5


Ranked #4 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$43,300 - $54,400

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Key Spec of 2021 Audi Q5
fuel economy


fuel type

Premium Unleaded


248 hp @ 5000 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

2021 Audi Q5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 12, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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Engaging on all fronts, the 2021 Audi Q5 is one of the best sellers of the automaker, and for the current year, it gets treated with a variety of changes both on the styling and the feature front. The 2021 Q5 and Q5 Sportback both get updated front and rear fascias, new LED headlights, and also new paint schemes. The 2021 Audi Q5 is available in over three trim configurations, namely Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige.

2021 Audi Q5 For Sale

The 2021 Audi Q5 comes at a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $43,300 for the Premium trim. While the base and mid-tier Premium Plus trim might suffice for a majority of buyers, the 2021 Q5 Prestige, priced at $54,000, is the trim we recommend. Building on the Premium Plus trim, the Prestige adds a host of high-end features including the likes of Bang & Olufsen stereo, head-up display, and heated rear seats among others.

2021 Audi Q5 Buying Advice

For buyers looking to dip their foot in the Used car market, the 2020 Audi Q5 is certainly on top of our recommendation list. Audi made plenty of changes to the 2020 Q5, including bringing on plenty of standard and optional features to the mix. Moreover, if you're looking for an even older MY, the 2017 Q5 is certainly competent for the price, with the extent of standard features included in the lineup.

Audi also offers all the comfort you’d expect and all the technology you can get with the 2021 Q5 interior. Further changes to the tune of a new 10.2-inch infotainment display, along with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now offered as standard. On the specs front, now powered by a 12-volt hybrid system, the 2021 Audi Q5 45 TFSI gets a 13 hp increase that brings it to 261 hp, which allows it to have a 0-60 MPH in just 5.7 seconds. The Q5 hybrid, on the other hand, gets the same 362 hp 2.0L turbo unit along with electric motors.

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ProsConsWhat's New

Sleek, savvy exterior looks

Interior could have been more accommodating

Updated front and rear fascias

Stunning in-car technology

Lower Cargo space

New paint schemes

Comfortable ride and easy-to-drive nature

New standard driver-assistance features

Wet-weather traction with Quattro

New standard 10.1-inch infotainment display

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now standard

Additional 13 hp increase with the Q5 TFSI

Over All Rating


Out of 10

Pricing and Feature8.00
Pricing and Features8.50
Engine and Performance9.00
Fuel Economy9.00
Notable Rankings

#4 in Midsize Suv

#5 in Suv

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Premium$43,300 onwards

  • 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Front and rear Fog/driving lights
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry

Premium Plus$48,100 onwards

  • Digital instrument panel
  • Faux leather interior coverings
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Surround-View camera system
  • Wireless charging pad

Prestige$54,000 onwards

  • Acoustic insulated front windows
  • Bang & Olufsen premium audio
  • Head-Up display
  • Heated rear seats
  • Interior ambient lighting
  • Ventilated front seats

Colors and Styles

2021 Audi Q5 in Florett Silver Metallic color
Florett Silver Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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 Audi SQ5. 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. It goes up against plenty of rivals, the closest of which are the Volvo XC60BMW X3, and the Cadillac XT5.

What is the price of the 2021 Audi Q5?

The 2021 Audi Q5 starts off with an MSRP of $43,300 for the base Premium trim and it goes all the way up to $54,000 for the Q5 Prestige trim. Furthermore, plenty of additional optional packages and features are also on offer to the tune of the Convenience package for $1,100, Rear side thoracic airbags for $350, and the Power panoramic sunroof for $1450.

Buying Advice

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 2021 Q5 Prestige trim as it has all the features you’d expect in a proper luxury crossover.


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.



Premium Plus


MSRP (45)




MSRP (55)




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

Differentiated by the numbers 45 and 55, the mild hybrid and PHEV powertrains are both available in the Audi Q5. For 2021, however, even the base trim is fitted with the latest advanced driver aids, that take care of the Q5 safety quotient. Further, the Q5 trims are also eligible for the optional Convenience package.

Engine and Performance

According to Audi, the 2021 Q5 is an SUV that offers a powerful driving experience among other things. Churning out 261 horsepower from the Q5's 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.

Courtesy of the lightning-quick Quattro AWD system, the 2021 Audi Q5 puts power down with some urgency. The Q5 can go from 0-60 mph in just 5.7 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

2021 BMW X3

2021 Cadillac XT5

2021 Volvo XC60







2.0L I-4 Turbo

2.0-liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Gas I4

2.0L I-4 Turbo







7-Speed DCT

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic


261 hp @ 5,000 RPM

248 hp @ 5,200 RPM

235 hp @ 5000 RPM

250 hp @ 5,500 RPM


273 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

258 lb-ft @ 1,450 RPM

258 lb-ft @ 1500 RPM

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

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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.

Fuel Economy

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 2021 Q5 manages to offer 27 MPG on the highway and 25 mpg combined, which is better than what Cadillac offers.


2021 Audi Q5

2021 BMW X3

2021 Cadillac XT5

2021 Volvo XC60

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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 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.


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.

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's 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. Furthermore, the 2021 Audi Q5 has a 25.6 cu. ft cargo space.


2021 Audi Q5

2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i

2021 Cadillac XT5 Luxury

2021 Volvo XC60 T5 R-Design

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





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





Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)





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 Q5 Prestige trim get the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster.

The instrument cluster is configurable based on the information that the driver wants to be 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

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.

Compared to the competition, the Audi Q5 has a recognizable exterior 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.


2021 Audi Q5

2021 BMW X3

2021 Cadillac XT5

2021 Volvo XC60 T5

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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

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 as standard now. 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 vs 2021 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 toward chauffeur-driven buyers, just as the BMW X3 is meant for driving enthusiasts. 

2021 Audi Q5 vs 2021 Cadillac XT5

Cadillac has recently forayed into the crossover space, and 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 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.

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.


vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr SUV

engine type

121 cu in

horse power

248 hp @ 5000 rpm


273 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm


7 speed Automatic


183.6 in


111 in


74.5 in

curb weight

3358 lbs


65.3 in

Ground Clearance

8.2 lbs

passenger volume

11.5 cu ft

cargo volume

53.1 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

23/24/28 mpg

highway range

518.00 mi

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

Audi Q5 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $69,837
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$2,440$1,963$1,452$909$329$7,093
Taxes and Fees$3,775$284$254$229$202$4,744
Total Cost-To-Own$19,036$12,402$11,609$14,385$12,405$69,837
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