2021 Audi SQ5

MSRP $52,900

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2021 Audi SQ5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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As more and more manufacturers started to release performance-oriented versions of their SUVs, Audi decided to launch the SQ5, a high-performance version of their best-selling Q5 crossover back in 2013. At launch, the SQ5 stood out because of its excellent diesel V6 engine that produced massive torque while still delivering excellent economy figures. The SQ5 has stuck around even after the second generation launched back in 2017. To spruce up the Q5, all models including the SQ% received a comprehensive facelift for 2021 with updated styling, an improved infotainment system, and a lot more features. Most notable updates to the SQ5 model include a retuned engine with better performance, unique OLED taillights, and an optional sports exhaust.

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Pros

Handsome design inside and out

Excellent handling characteristics

Powerful standard V6 engine

Intuitive infotainment system

Cons

Not the most comfortable crossover

Below-average reliability

Very expensive compared to the regular model

Limited cargo capacity

What's New?

The SQ5 has been refreshed for 2021 with updated styling, more technology, upgraded infotainment, and improved performance.

A lot of new driver assistance tech is also available as standard across the range.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$52900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

349 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

369 lb.-ft.. @ 1370 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

111.2 in.

length

183.9 in.

width

74.5 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

4321 lbs.

ground clearance

8.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

11.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

53.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

4400 lbs.

payload capacity

1036 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 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$52,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Audi SQ5 in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect color
Daytona Gray Pearl Effect

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

7.5

Engine and Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

8.6

Safety

9.1

Competition

7.5

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.5

Overall Rating


After ditching its powerful diesel engine a while ago, the SQ5 is currently only available with a turbocharged V6 engine. The 2021 Audi SQ5 competes with other performance-oriented crossovers like the BMW X3 M40i, Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, and Porsche Macan S.

2021 Audi SQ5 SUV Front View
2021 Audi SQ5 SUV Rear View

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

8.6/10
Exterior

9.1/10
Safety

7.5/10
Competition


2021 Audi SQ5 Features

Like the regular model, the SQ5 is also available in three trim levels. The base Premium model is loaded to the brim with standard features like 20-inch wheels, tri-zone climate control, powered liftgate, leather upholstery, front sports seats with heating, a huge 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, and more. Upgrading to the Premium Plus trim further adds a massive panoramic sunroof, Audi’s digital cockpit instrument cluster, wireless charging, and plenty of driver assistance tech.

Sitting at the top of the range, the Prestige trim is the epitome of luxury with heated seats all around, sound-insulating front windows, ambient lighting, head-up display, unique OLED taillights, and a 19-speaker premium audio system from Bang & Olufsen.

Trim

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP (AWD)

$58,090

$65,990

$69,740

Key Features

Tri-zone climate control

In addition to or replaces Premium trim features with:

In addition to or replaces Premium Plus trim features with:

 

Leather and faux suede upholstery

Panoramic sunroof

OLED taillights

 

Heated front sport seats

Digital instrument cluster

Head-up display

 

Power liftgate

Wireless charging

19-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio

 

10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment

Adaptive cruise control

Heated rear seats

 

20-inch wheels

Surround-view parking camera

Multicolor ambient interior lighting

 

Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay

Proximity keyless entry

Automated parking system

Which Trim should you buy?

At a starting price of $58,090, the 2021 Audi SQ5 Premium adds a lot more features than the regular Q5 and is the one to pick. It gets all the usual features including plenty of luxuries like a powered liftgate, Tri-zone climate control, a capable infotainment system, sports seats with leather upholstery, and a lot of active safety features. Shelling out more for the higher trims is only recommended if you need more advanced driver-assist tech.

2021 Audi SQ5 Engine and Performance

8.5/10

The Audi SQ5 continues to get the turbocharged 3L V-6 engine as standard, which now produces more power at 349 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through a slick 8-speed automatic gearbox that handles the power well. Compared to the regular model, the SQ5 gets a sport-tuned suspension and supportive sports seats to keep you in place through the corners. As expected, the SQ5 is more sporty and fun to drive but surprisingly, it’s still comfortable. In regular mode, the engine does settle down, making the SQ5 easy and comfortable to live with daily.

2021 Audi SQ5 SUV Engine Bay

Pin the throttle, and the SQ5 reaches 60 MPH in just 4.7 seconds and crosses the quarter-mile in 13.4 seconds, which is commendable for such a large and heavy SUV. Although the power output remains the same, Audi has fiddled around with the gearbox and launch control system with new ratios, making the new model a lot quicker than before.

Models

2021 Audi SQ5 Premium Quattro

2021 BMW X3 M40i

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC

2021 Porsche Macan S

MSRP

$58,090

$56,600

$59,900

$60,200

Engine

3.0-liter Turbocharged V-6

3.0-liter Turbocharged Inline-6

3.0-liter Twin-Turbocharged V-6

3.0-liter Turbocharged V-6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

7-speed PDK automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

349 @ 5,400

382 @ 5,800

385 @ 6,100

348 @ 5,400

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

369 @ 1,370

365 @ 1,520

384 @ 2,500

354 @ 1,360

0-60 MPH (seconds)

4.7

4.4

4.7

4.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

13.4

13.3

13.4

13.2

Top-Speed (MPH)

155

155

130

157

Although all 4 SUVs blast past 60 MPH under 5 seconds, the BMW X3 M40i edges past the others with a time of 4.4 seconds. Both the Audi SQ5 and Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 offer similar performance, while the Porsche Macan S beats them both to the quarter-mile.

How well does the 2021 Audi SQ5 handle?

Flick the mode selector to Dynamic and the SQ5 shows its true character. Although the handling doesn’t match rivals like the Porsche Macan and BMW X3, the SQ5 still holds its own through the corners with its sport-tuned suspension and well-weighted steering. Being an SUV, there is body lean through the corners but it is well contained. In Dynamic mode, the 2021 Audi SQ5 changes directions quickly and is quite fun to drive.

But when you’re ready for a relaxing drive back home, the regular comfort mode slows everything down and the SQ5 suddenly becomes a comfortable highway cruiser that can munch miles all day long. The optional air suspension system further enhances comfort. All models get Audi’s signature Quattro all-wheel-drive system as standard, which makes the SQ5 handle well even in tricky conditions.

Braking Performance

With massive 13.8-inch rotors at the front and 13-inches at the rear, the SQ5 sheds speed surprisingly well for a large SUV. Braking is progressive and there is plenty of feedback through the pedals.

2021 Audi SQ5 SUV Wheel

Drop the anchor at 60 MPH and the SQ5 comes to a halt in just 104 feet which even puts some performance cars to shame.

Models

2021 Audi SQ5 Premium Quattro

2021 BMW X3 M40i

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC

2021 Porsche Macan S

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.8

13.7

14.2

14.2

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13

13.5

12.6

13

Curb Weight (lbs)

4288

4317

4180

4293

60-0 (feet)

104

112

109

120

WIth large braking hardware and low curb weight, the Audi SQ5 sheds speed quicker than all of its rivals. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 comes a close second with even bigger hardware, while both the BMW X3 M40i and Porsche Macan S take a bit longer.

2021 Audi SQ5 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

There are no surprises in terms of efficiency, and being a high-performance SUV, the 2021 Audi SQ5 is a lot less efficient than the regular Q5. Economy figures stand at 18 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway. With an 18.5-gallon tank, the SQ5 gets a healthy highway range of 444 miles for long adventures.

Models

2021 Audi SQ5 Premium Quattro

2021 BMW X3 M40i

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC

2021 Porsche Macan S

MPG (City)

18

21

18

18

MPG (Highway)

24

27

24

24

MPG (Combined)

20

23

20

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

17.7

17.4

19.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

333/444/370

372/478/407

313/417/348

356/475/396

The BMW X3 M40i not only offers class-leading performance but is also the most efficient performance SUV in its class with a combined rating of 23 MPG In comparison, the Audi SQ5, Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, and the Porsche Macan are a lot less efficient, delivering 20 MPG combined.

2021 Audi SQ5 Interior

8.5/10

Unlike the regular models, all SQ5s get standard Nappa leather upholstery with comfortable sports seats at the front. As expected for an SUV of this price range, the interior is draped in high-quality materials from the dashboard to the door pads. Build quality is also top-class with no uneven panel gaps and a solid robust feel to all the controls and switchgear. In fact, the SQ5 interiors look and feel more luxurious than the more expensive Porsche Macan and BMW X3. The dark interiors match the SQ5 well and get a sporty design with the infotainment display sitting at the top and the climate controls neatly sectioned off below the A/C vents.

2021 Audi SQ5 SUV Front Seats

You sit higher up in the SQ5 improving visibility and there is plenty of adjustability on offer to find a comfortable driving position. The cabin is wide enough for three adults to sit comfortably at the rear with an impressive 38 inches of legroom. Trunk space is better than average at 25.9 cubic feet which should satisfy most customers. To increase space further, the rear seats can be folded flat.

Models

2021 Audi SQ5 Premium Quattro

2021 BMW X3 M40i

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC

2021 Porsche Macan S

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.6/57.7/40.9

40/57.6/40.3

39.6/57.3/40.8

N/A

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

39.3/56.5/38

38.5/56/36.4

39.6/56.5/37.3

N/A

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

25.9

28.7

24.3

17.6

The 2021 Audi SQ5 offers more interior space than all its competitors, especially in the second row. But in terms of cargo space, the BMW X3 outmatches both the Audi and Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 with 28.7 cubic feet on offer. The Porsche Macan is the least practical of the four with limited interior and cargo space.

Some notable interior features include:

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Head-up display
  • Interior ambient lighting

What’s there to keep you entertained?

With the latest updates, Audi has finally given the SQ5 range their latest MIB3 infotainment system which is controlled through a massive 10.1-inch touchscreen display. The new system is a lot slicker and easier to use and Audi has ditched the touchpad controls for a touchscreen interface.

2021 Audi SQ5 SUV Infotainment System

All the expected features like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and more as standard. Lower trims get a 10-speaker audio system as standard, while the range-topping Prestige trim gets a 19-speaker audio system from Bang & Olufsen.

Some notable infotainment features include:

  • A 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Satellite and HD radio
  • 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Head-up display
  • Built-in navigation

2021 Audi SQ5 Exterior

8.6/10

Like the interiors, Audi has done their part to distinguish the SQ5 from the regular models with sportier design elements like quad exhaust tips, and massive 20-inch wheels. The SQ5 looks elegant from all angles with plenty of cuts and creases for a modern look. The blacked-out front grille with subtle SQ5 badging, sleek headlights and black skid plates make the SQ5 look a lot more menacing than the regular model.

2021 Audi SQ5 SUV Front Angle View

A prominent shoulder line extends from the headlights all the way to the tailgate, highlighting the flared wheel arches. At the rear, the quad exhaust tips further distinguish the 2021 Audi SQ5 from the standard models. Higher trims also get unique OLED taillights that get a unique startup sequence.

Models

2021 Audi SQ5 Premium Quattro

2021 BMW X3 M40i

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC

2021 Porsche Macan S

Curb Weight (lb)

4288

4317

4180

4293

Length (inches)

184.3

186.1

183.5

184.9

Width (inches)

74.5

74.7

74.4

76.2

Height (inches)

65.5

66

64

63.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

7.2

6.7

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

111

112.8

113.1

110.5

In terms of sheer size, the Audi SQ5 slots neatly between the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 and BMW X3 with average dimensions and a slightly shorter wheelbase. The BMW X3 is the biggest crossover of the lot, while the GLC 43 is the most compact. Dimensionally, the Porsche Macan is similar to the Audi SQ5 since they’re both based on the same platform.

Some notable exterior features include:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Quad exhaust tips
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • OLED taillights
  • Sporty gloss-black design elements

2021 Audi SQ5 Safety

9.1/10

The Audi SQ5 is based on the modern MLB platform that also underpins the Porsche Macan crossover. The SQ% aced both the NHTSA and IIHS safety tests with top marks overall and also earned itself the “Top Safety Pick+“ award.

For 2021, Audi has added a lot more safety features as standard including blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear-end collision mitigation. Higher trims also get adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, surround-view camera, traffic sign reader, and an automated parking system.

Some standard safety features include:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning

2021 Audi SQ5 Competition

7.5/10

2021 Audi SQ5 vs 2021 BMW X3 M40i

With better performance, efficiency, and excellent handling, the BMW X3 is clearly the better pick of the two for enthusiasts. The X3 also gets better cargo capacity compared to the SQ5.

2021 BMW X3 M40i 

However, with the recent update, the SQ5 gets a lot more features and offers better quality interiors than the BMW X3. The Audi also matches the BMW in terms of infotainment with the new MIB3 interface. Overall, the BMW X3 makes more sense for customers looking for more driving pleasure, while the SQ5 is an all-rounder with plenty of grunt.

2021 Audi SQ5 vs 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC

Even with all the recent updates, the Audi SQ5 still cannot match the elegance and comfort of the GLC 43. While the SQ5 is firm and sporty, the GLC is focused more on comfort and ride quality. In terms of features, they’re evenly matched, but the SQ5 offers more space on the inside and is the more practical pick of the two.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC

The GLC is also very expensive and doesn’t bring a lot to the table to justify the higher price, especially when compared to the SQ5. Overall, if you’re looking for luxury and comfort, the GLC is the better pick of the two.

2021 Audi SQ5 vs 2021 Porsche Macan S

The Porsche Macan can be considered as a more exotic and sporty version of the SQ5 as they’re both based on the same platform with similar powertrains. However, Porsche has always focused on performance before all else, and the Macan is a testament to that.

2021 Porsche Macan S

The legendary PDK gearbox runs rings around the Audi and the Macan is easily more athletic. Bot, as expected, Porsche drops the ball in terms of practicality. The Macan gets a cramped interior with abysmal cargo space and also suffers in terms of ride quality and comfort compared to the SQ5.

2021 Audi SQ5 Final Verdict

With all the new updates and features, the Audi SQ5 is more appealing than ever before. It still manages to turn heads with its handsome design and unique tech like OLED taillights. The SQ5 is also very balanced in terms of ride quality and performance. However, because of this, it is not as fun-to-drive as the BMW X3 or as comfortable as the GLC 43. The SQ5 is also rather expensive and doesn’t feel as luxurious or well-appointed as some of its rivals. If you’re looking for a luxury crossover that balances both comfort and performance, the 2021 Audi SQ5 should be considered.

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