The crossover compact SUV has been in the favorites since it came. When you are that big, being quick and agile is just theory, but Audi somehow manages to wrong the beliefs from time to time. Half of the year is about to end is here is 2021 Audi Q5. The facelift has been a best seller in Audi's lineup. But provided the situation of the market due to the current pandemic, it's hard to predict the future, even for the Q5.

What automaker does is change a thing from here and there and call it a facelift. But that may be the case of the 2021 Q5. The previous Q5 gave a tough one to the rivals, the luxury compact SUV segment. And we rather bite our nails, as the spy shots of 2021 Q5 have been surfacing the internet a lot.

2021 Audi Q5 TFSI

Since 08, the lines on the crossover have gotten sleeker, edgy, and aggressive. 2021 Audi has a revised front and rear look for the facelift. With the likes of competition like Mercedes GLC, Cadillac XT5, and Volvo XC60 in the hot compact SUV segment, it's a long road for 2021 Audi Q5.

What's new?

The new bolder look of the 2021 Q5 is the first change crawling up in the mentions. The front fascia has revised and edgy LED headlights. The grille is wider than ever and reaches a lot close to the headlights and DRLs. The rear too gets a look change with revised taillights. Other than that, the 2021 Q5 might lessen the width of the vehicle and make it more compact.

The powerful and revving 2.0L Inline 4s remains the same. The engine is powerful enough to make the rivals shy with no required upgrades. We might see the plug-in hybrid version getting a more powerful electric motor because it's getting tough out there. Even without the motor upgrades, we might see a more efficient variant of Q5 in 2021, giving big numbers in MPG. Besides that, it's hard to wait for a new powertrain or engine option from the Four Rings for now.

The interior will now be blessed with a 10.1-inch touch screen meant for infotainment and stuff. Other than that it's just guessing. A more luxurious cabin and more refined interior and tech support might be a good deal for future customers.

Price

With an expected price tag of $45,000 or more for the 2021 Q5, the crossover will hardly get a new trim or powertrain option. The 2020 Audi Q5 offered three trims with the plug-in hybrid version blessing for each. The pricing and trim for 2020 Audi Q5 was like the below

  • Premium: $44,295 (PHEV: $53,895)
  • Premium Plus: $48,695 (PHEV: $57,595)
  • Prestige: $52,455 (PHEV: $61,345)

Upon the launch, the facelift might announce a rise in prices and more updates to balance it upon. Following the pandemic situation, it'll be a hard task for Audi to raise both price and sales charts in the same instance.

Also, the greener hybrid options, if get powerful, would grab more attention. The demand for electric and hybrid vehicles has risen drastically over the past few years. And the electrification is the need of the hour for Audi as well.

Release Date

Expected to launch near the fall in 2020, the next-gen of Q5 SUV will glorify 2021 for Audi. The current model hasn't got any older and the next is here to come. With this, it will be harder for the customers to decide, whether to sit back or rush to the closest showroom instantaneously.

2021 Audi Q5 Engine and Performance

Audi Q5 has been among the best selling vehicle in the crossover compact SUV segment. And the tiny but powerful 2.0L Turbocharged Inline four has to be one of the reasons. Gushing out a power of 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of peak torque, Audi claims that 2021 Audi will be faster to 60mph.

2021 Audi Q5 Powertrain

With plug-in hybrid options, the total output rises to a whopping 349 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. But even without the electric helping hand, the power is apt for the Q5 crossover. With no engine updates for the 2021 Audi Q5, we might see a stronger configuration of the electric motor. Paired up to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the power goes to all the wheels for dynamic efficiency.

Models

2021 Audi Q5

2020 Mercedes Benz GLC 300

2020 Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

2020 Cadillac XT5 Luxury

MSRP

$44,295

$42,500

$40,150

$44,095

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

All-wheel-drive

Rear-wheel drive

Forward-wheel-drive

Forward-wheel-drive

Transmission

7-speed DCT

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

Power(hp@RPM)

248-hp @5000 RPM

255-hp @ 5500 RPM

250-hp @5500 RPM

237-hp @ 5,000RPM

Torque(lb-ft@RPM

273 lb-ft @1600 RPM

273-hp @ 1800 RPM

258 lb-ft @1500 RPM

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

The mighty Q5 somehow bows down to competition in terms of power. With only Cadillac's XT5 lacking behind, Mercedes and Volvo out power the Audi but not with a large gap. The facelift might be able to overtake the competition. Keeping in mind about a more compact Q5, the lighter crossover will be quicker on the tarmac.

Fuel Economy

The small but thirsty 2.0L turbocharged engine gulps in less and performs more. As the engine remains the same, the 2021 facelift will deliver the same 22 mpg in the city traffic and 27 mpg on the highways. The idle start/stop feature helps save a lot for the Audi. The reasonable mpg figures come with a hassle-free ability to cruise long distances at once without frequent stops in fuel stations search.

Models

2021 Audi Q5

2020 Mercedes Benz GLC 300

2020 Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

2020 Cadillac XT5 Luxury

MPG (city)

22

22

22

18

MPG (highway)

27

27

29

2726

MPG (combined)

24

24

24

21

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

18.5

17.4

18.8

19.4

The 18.5 gallons capacity of the Audi Q5 is at for the apt to go long distances. As far as the competition is considered, they seem to tie in the economical terms except for the luxury 2020 Cadillac XT5. The lightweight Q5 saves a lot on the pocket with a combined mileage of 24 mpg. 2020 Q5 had an impressive range of 407 miles in the city and 518 miles for the highway runs. The 2021 Audi will surely retain the same figures or even get better numbers.

Interior

The luxury packed cabin is both techy and user friendly. 2020 Audi Q5 had a list of features for the interior. With a seating capacity of five passengers, the crossover was both roomy and comfortable. The front and rear had plenty of head and legroom even for tall passengers.

2021 Audi Q5 Interior

The dashboard is smooth and smooth soft surfaces give glams the interior details. The leather-wrapped heated sports seats are 14-way power-adjustable for an apt position of the driver. The cockpit is tech loaded as well.

Audi's comfort ride motive also adds:

  • Leather Seating Surfaces, Covered Center Console and Door armrest
  • Tilt and Telescopic adjust steering with Paddle Shifters
  • Sliding, Split Folding 40/20/40 rear seatbacks with adjustable recline
  • Leather-wrapped gear selector, center console and door armrest

The cabin is believed to be spacious and the in-hands accessories can be held with pretty ease in the Audi Q5. The cargo space is limited to 25.1 cubic-ft, which is above average amongst the compact SUV segments.

Models

2021 Audi Q5

2020 Mercedes Benz GLC 300

2020 Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

2020 Cadillac XT5 Luxury

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (headroom, shoulder, legroom, in inches)

41.7/57.7/41

37.8/57.3/40.8

38.0/56.3/37.3

39.7/58.3/41.2

Rear Row (headroom, shoulder, legroom, in inches)

39.3/56.5/37.8

38.5/56.5/37.3

38.0/56.0/38

39.7/56.3/39

The infotainment list includes a 12.3-inch dashboard-mounted touchscreen. A 19-speaker Bang and Olsen surround system bless the audiophiles. The MMI Navigation is user friendly and comes along with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity options.

2021 Audi Q5 Infotainment Screen

The interior features also include:

  • Cruise Control with Coast, Resume and Accelerate feature
  • HD/SiriusXM/INRIX XD Radio and Traffic system
  • Heads Up Display with Navigation and Assistance System Info
  • Audi advanced Key and Voice Control system
  • Auto-Dimming RVM with Digital Compass

Competing to the rivals like Mercedes GLC, Volvo XC60, and Cadillac XT5, the Four Rings' SUV is the roomiest and spacy.

Exterior

The expressive lines and edgy cuts on the 2020 Audi Q5 left the mind-boggling about it. The facelift has a more aggressive approach as compared to the 2020 Q5. The headlights and taillights get a slight change and are more edgy and sporty. Other than that we expect the upcoming 2021 Audi to be more compact than ever. The new wider grille look is impressive. Though the current Q5 needed no changes in the sleek exterior look.

2021 Audi Q5 Exterior

But Audi loves to impress its enthusiast. Say no more, the new Audi Q5 gets more sporty and more luxury touch as the facelift. A Sportback version of Q5 could join the crossover lineup. It can be iterated with extra-long light stripes on the back.

Models

2021 Audi Q5

2020 Mercedes Benz GLC 300

2020 Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

2020 Cadillac XT5 Luxury

Curb Weight (lb)

4040

3891

4109

3915

Length (inches)

183.6

183.3

 

184.6

 

189.6

Width (inches), without mirrors

74.5

74.4

78.7

74.9

Height (inches)

63.5

64.5

65.3

66.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.2

5

8.5

7.8

Wheelbase (inches)

111

113

112.8

112.5

Against the competition, Audi Q5 2020 was heavy, but a shorter wheelbase gave it great steering abilities to flaunt. Audi Q5 2020 is the second heaviest in the list, after Volvo. We can also see a lesser length and width figures, which makes the Q5 more compact.

The shape and size of the Audi compact SUV were designed for best handling and riding capabilities. The overall length and width not only add up to a more roomy cabin but also raise the bars of handling. 2020 Audi Q5 had no setbacks when it came to driving quality.

2021 Audi Q5 Exterior

The compact size gives it an advantage in city traffic. The steering is impressive and responsive. Even on the long-distance cruise, the drive is not at all exhausting and the need for power is answered instantly by the engine when pressed hard. The sleek lines that merge the back might cause a little headroom deficiency in the rear. Other than that, befitting space is luxury.

Verdict

We are here at the last, but can't stop praising this amazing crossover SUV named 2020 Audi Q5. With the 2021 Q5 hype, we await more and more for the facelift. The Audi delivers the best first impressions with its best selling Q5 SUV. The luxury in-cabin features, comfortable and roomy space, more than enough cargo space, a high-tech infotainment system, smooth-soft surface touch spread all around the insides make Q5 the most appealing buy in the segment.

2021 Audi Q5 will launch in difficult times, yet the quality Audi offers will not let the compact SUV face a lowering graph in sales. With hybrid powertrain options at an adequate price tag, 2021 Audi Q5 is a win-win vehicle for buyers.

FAQ's

What are the different models of the Audi Q5?

The 2020 Audi Q5 is available in one of three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. 

Is Audi q5 costly to repair?

The average cumulative cost for repairs and maintenance on an Audi Q5 is $928/year, compared to an average of $807/year for luxury midsize SUVs and $652 for all vehicle models.

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2020 Audi Q5 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide