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2021 Audi Q5 Price, Review and Buying Guide

Updated on: July 21, 2020

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Ever since its introduction, the Audi Q5 has been a massive sales success since it has always featured at the top of sales charts, throughout the time it's been on the market. While the Q5 did receive an entire generation change in 2018, the car still did retain its iconic shape and design, which has helped it retain its identity in a segment that’s now flooded with cars from nearly every manufacturer known.

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Pros

Standard all-wheel drive across all variants

Optional equipment is not exclusive to the top variant

Excellent build quality

Cons

Maintenance can be expensive

Cargo space is below average for the segment

What's New?

The Audi Q5 adds the following equipment to the standard equipment list, as a part of the 2021 model year update: Updated feature list Refreshed interior Updated safety features


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2021 Audi Q5 Detailed Review video
2021 Audi Q5 Interior video

Colors and Styles

2021 Audi Q5 in Azores Green Metallic color 2021 Audi Q5 in Florett Silver Metallic color 2021 Audi Q5 in Brilliant Black color
Azores Green 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

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

9.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Audi Q5 Premium

Premium

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$43,300 - $45,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 45 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $43,300 MSRP (22/24/27) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
7-speed auto-shift manual all wheel drive 5
45 Premium Titanium TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $45,750 MSRP (22/24/27) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 5

2021 Audi Q5 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$47,700 - $49,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $47,700 MSRP (22/24/27) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
7 Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5
Premium Plus Titanium 45 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $49,100 MSRP (22/24/27) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 5

2021 Audi Q5 Prestige

Prestige

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$51,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Prestige 45 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $51,450 MSRP (22/24/27) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
7 Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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The 2021 Audi Q5 range is expected to start at around $ 45,000 and go all the way up to $ 60,650 for the top of the line Prestige trim. While most of the Q5’s competitors come with a wide range of engines, the Q5 only gets a single 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine option, that produces 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, which is much lower than what’s on offer with its rivals. However, it still does feature a lot of practicality and standard features which more than helps make up for its power deficit.

The Q5 comes really well loaded from the base Premium variant, which also gets a wide range of options that can be added to the base car if required. This helps the Q5 stand out as a well rounded and well-equipped alternative in its segment since none of its competitors offer as much choice and equipment as the Q5 does. The Q5 also features really luxurious interiors, which do a great job of improving the overall occupant comfort in the cabin.

2021 Audi Q5 SUV Front View
2021 Audi Q5 SUV Rear View

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy


2021 Audi Q5 Features

The Audi Q5 has always been known to offer a decent feature list. Since it first came out in 2009, the Q5 has always managed to surprise with the goodies on offer and nothing less can be expected from the 2021 model. While Audi USA has said nothing about the trims and respective features yet, there is expected to be some shuffle among them. Let’s have a look at the 2020 trim-wise feature list in order to get an idea of what to expect.

Trim

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP

$ 43,300*

$ 51,900*

$ 60,350*

Key Features

2.0L turbocharged I-4

Adds these features from the Premium Trim

Adds these features from the Premium Plus Trim

 

17-inch Alloy Wheels

18-inch Alloy Wheels

Satellite navigation

 

LED Headlights and taillights with DRLs

Panoramic sunroof

Power tilt and telescopic steering wheel

 

8-inch touchscreen with Audi’s latest operating system, Apple Carplay and Android Auto

Heated and Ventilated front seats

Heated steering wheel

 

Four-zone climate control

Audi’s Virtual Cockpit

Ambient lighting

 

Reversing camera

Power adjustable front seats with lumbar support

14 speaker B&O music system

*2020 figures used for reference only

Expected Price and Release Date of the 2021 Audi Q5

The 2021 Audi Q5 is not expected to see a major bump in price, since it continues the same generation, save for a few additional features on the lower variants. However, there is some indication some options might get a little more expensive, due to higher demand. The segment the Q5 competes in has also seen a lot of fierce competition lately, which further reduces any possibility of the Q5 remaining competitive, if it receives a price bump.

The prices are expected to begin at around $45,000. We expect to see the 2021 Audi Q5 by the beginning of Fall 2020, although this timeline might get affected due to COVID-19 imposed restrictions.

2021 Audi Q5 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2021 Audi Q5 will continue with the same 2.0-liter inline-four engine that was already on offer in the 2020 model year. This engine produces 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque and we don’t expect to see any revisions in terms of the power and torque on offer since it's already at par with its rivals. The Audi Q5 will also continue with the same 7-speed automatic transmission that was also available on the 2020 model year.

2021 Audi Q5 SUV Engine Bay

The 2021 Audi Q5 will also retain the standard all-wheel-drive that’s been on offer ever since the second generation was introduced. While Audi’s all-wheel-drive system provides excellent traction in slippery conditions, the Audi Q5’s rivals do offer you the choice of a more efficient rear-wheel-drive or front-wheel-drive option. Overall, the Audi Q5’s engine does feel sprightly and peppy, despite being a heavy car.

Models

2021 Audi Q5 (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2020 BMW X3

2020 Cadillac XT5

MSRP

$ 45,000 (est)

$ 48,560

$ 44,610

$ 44,100

Engine

2.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

RWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

Transmission

7-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

248 @ 5000

255 @ 5800

248 @ 5200

237 @ 5000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

273 @ 1600

273 @ 1800

258 @ 1450

258 @ 1500

As SUVs are getting more and more popular in the market, manufacturers have also been concentrating on getting more power out of smaller engines by fitting a turbocharger. All vehicles in this segment are now offered with the industry-standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which offers similar amounts of power and torque across all cars.

While the Q5’s power figures are decent, it still does get bogged down by its weight, which makes the Q5 feel slower in comparison. Also, the Q5 only comes with one engine option, compared to two to three engine options on its rivals.

How quick is the 2021 Audi Q5?

The Audi Q5 might not be the fastest in its segment, but it's still capable of going from 0-60 in just 5.9 seconds, which is really commendable for an SUV. The 2020 Audi Q5 features rapid acceleration that can even outclass hot hatches and smaller sports cars, and we expect the 2021 model to be quite similar.

2021 Audi Q5 SUV 0-60 MPH in just 5.9 sec

However, the Q5 is held back thanks to its weight, which really doesn’t allow its engine to shine in terms of outright acceleration.  A lower curb weight would’ve probably helped the Q5 not only outclass its rivals but also obliterate some performance SUVs and sports cars.

Models

2021 Audi Q5 (Expected)

2020 Mercedes GLC

2020 BMW X3

2020 Cadillac XT5

0-60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.2 sec

5.4 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter mile

14.1 sec

14.4 sec

13.7 sec

15.1 sec

Top Speed

155 MPH

155 MPH

155 MPH

135 MPH

Engine

2.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline-4

When compared to its rivals, the Q5 features near the top of its segment, since its 0-60 and quarter-mile times are really good for a compact SUV. However, the BMW X3 manages to outperform the Audi Q5, since its engine feels even more powerful, thanks to its lower weight and better weight distribution between the axles.

How good are the 2021 Audi Q5's brakes?

As standard, the 2020 Audi Q5 gets four ventilated disc brakes with a four-channel ABS setup which has been perfected over the years and now features accurate brake force, depending on the amount of braking power applied. This system also doesn’t get flustered during hard braking situations and brings the vehicle to a halt in almost no time. Expect the new 2021 Audi Q5 to exhibit similar braking characteristics.

2021 Audi Q5 SUV Wheel

The Q5 might exhibit good braking characteristics, but it’s the BMW that comes to a complete halt within a shorter distance. But, the BMW X3 manages to do this at the expense of occupant comfort, since its ABS system applies the brakes aggressively, which does cause a significant amount of head nod and nosedive.

Model

2021 Audi Q5 (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2020 BMW X3

2020 Cadillac XT5

Brake Front (in)

13.1

12.6

12.9

12.5

Brake Rear (in)

11.6

11.4

11.7

11

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,045

3,977

3,931

4,257

60-0 MPH (ft.)

124

128

120

130

The Q5 applies its brakes in a linear fashion, that helps it come to a stop in nearly no time at all. The other vehicles in this segment also feature less aggressive braking setups, which also feature linear braking and a longer distance to come to a full stop.

Ride and Handling

While won’t go as far as to call the Audi Q5 a performance car, it actually comes quite close to feeling like a proper sports car. The Q5 maintains its composure and goes through corners while exhibiting really low amounts of body roll; something that’s really rare for an SUV at this price point. The Q5 also holds its line very well at higher speeds, which gives a good amount of confidence to the driver, while driving their vehicle. But, while the Audi Q5 features standard all-wheel-drive, it's not really made to go off the road, since its bumpers are very low to the ground and might get damaged if you’re not careful.

2021 Audi Q5 SUV Front View

On the road, the Audi Q5 provides a smooth and balanced ride, since the Q5 manages undulations and potholes, without allowing any of the bumps to filter into the cabin. The Q5 also offers great ride quality over city roads, and its suspension can be further adjusted for maximum comfort if required.

2021 Audi Q5 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2020 Audi Q5 returns a respectable 24 mpg, which is quite low for the segment, but still decent enough for most people. The 2021 Audi Q5 is also expected to feature the same efficiency numbers since Audi won’t be making any significant changes to the vehicle.

These unimpressive fuel economy numbers can be largely blamed on the all wheel drive system. While it does help with traction and performance, it does hamper the fuel economy. It also does so by adding weight to the vehicle.

Models

2021 Audi Q5 (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2020 BMW X3

2020 Cadillac XT5

MPG (City)

22

21

24

21

MPG (Highway)

28

28

29

26

MPG (Combined)

24

24

26

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

17.4

17.2

19.4

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

407/518/444

365.4/487.2/417.6

412.8/498.8/447.2

407.4/504.4/446.2

The Q5 does match the efficiency figures of the GLC, but it falls behind the BMW X3 by quite a considerable margin, since the BMW also gets a rear-wheel-drive option, which consumes less fuel than all-wheel-drive. The Audi Q5 does feature a similar range as its rivals, with there being a minute difference between the other cars in this comparison. The Cadillac is the least efficient vehicle in this comparison, but its large fuel tank helps it match its rivals in terms of range.

2021 Audi Q5 Interior

The Audi Q5 has always been known to offer high quality and luxurious interiors and the 2021 model will continue with the same levels of quality we’ve come to expect from Audi. Not only does Audi offer a lot of equipment as standard fitment, but there’s also a lot of optional equipment available across all variants, which helps in making the cabin more luxurious, as per one’s choice.

The Q5’s dashboard features premium quality plastics and metallic accents, which do a great job in uplifting the Q5’s interiors and making the car feel plush and premium. The switches and touchscreen are slightly tilted towards the driver to give the driver a cockpit feel. The Audi Q5 also offers soft leather seats as standard from the base variant, and all seats in the cabin offer excellent levels of comfort without compromising on support.

2021 Audi Q5 SUV Front Seats

Both rows offer ample headroom, shoulder room, and legroom to seat five adults in absolute comfort. The front seats of the Q5 also feature power adjustment and heating, which does help in enhancing the overall in-cabin experience. Ventilated seats are also available as an option and so is seat memory, and these options are available at a relative bargain when compared to its competitors. Overall, the 2020 Audi Q5 offers a very luxurious experience and we’re sure that the 2021 model will be as good, if not better.

Models

2021 Audi Q5

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2020 BMW X3

2020 Cadillac XT5

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

40.2/57.7/41

37.8/57.3/40.8

41.1/57.6/40.3

37.9/58.3/41.2

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

37.7/56.5/37.8

38.5/56.5/37.3

39.1/56/36.4

36.6/56.3/39

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

25.1

19.4

28.7

30

When compared to its competitors, the Audi Q5 features an average-sized cabin, with a decent amount of cargo space on offer. While the Cadillac trumps its competitors in terms of rear legroom, the Q5 offers much better headroom and shoulder room, thus making it feel like the more comfortable vehicle in this comparison. The Mercedes features the most cramped rear seat and cargo space, making it only suitable for a family of four and minimal cargo in the back.

What about the infotainment system of the 2021 Audi Q5?

The Audi Q5 is only offered with one infotainment system option, which is an 8-inch unit and comes with Audi MMI Plus as standard, along with satellite radio, two USB ports, and Bluetooth. Also available as standard is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto if you prefer something that’s more app oriented than the regular MMI Plus. The screen is sharp and bright but looks slightly outdated when compared to its rivals and its siblings in the range, almost all of which have already upgraded to the new dashboard layout Audi has come out with.

2021 Audi Q5 SUV Infotainment System

The touchscreen system works in conjunction with the virtual driver’s display (when equipped) to provide the driver with a view of the map, menus, or even the radio station playing at that particular time. This integration works seamlessly and there is virtually no lag when using multiple apps at the same time. Coming to the sound systems on offer, as standard, you get an 8 speaker music system which sounds good, but the 14 speakers B&O music system available on the top end Prestige as standard, features a rich bass and deep mids, which help in enhancing the overall in-car experience.

  • 8-inch touchscreen system
  • Bluetooth and two USB ports for connectivity
  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Satellite radio
  • 8 speaker music system offered as standard, 14 speakers B&O music system on the top-end variant

How much cargo can the 2021 Audi Q5?

The 2020 Audi Q5 offers 25.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats. While it's not class-leading, it still is among the best in its class. The Q5’s boot also features clever features like underfloor storage, which further affirms its position as a decent family SUV.

2021 Audi Q5 SUV Cargo Space

Models

2021 Audi Q5 (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2020 BMW X3

2020 Cadillac XT5

Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)

25.1

19.4

28.7

30

Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft³)

53.1

56.5

62.7

63

However, when you fold down the seats of all the SUVs in this comparison, the Q5 starts looking like a poor choice, since it is not as spacious as its rivals. This is mostly due to the well-padded rear seat base, which prevents the rear seat from folding down completely and thus eats into boot space.

What are the other storage spaces inside?

In terms of small storage spaces around the cabin, the Audi Q5 features quite a lot of small nooks and crannies to put your stuff in, which includes two cupholders in the center console, two bottle holders on each front door, and an entire central console with enough space to keep electronics and other stuff.

Interior Features

  • Ambient lighting
  • Leather seats
  • Virtual cockpit display from the Premium Plus model onwards
  • Four-zone climate control
  • Soft-touch dashboard
2021 Audi Q5 Interior
2021 Audi Q5 Interior
2021 Audi Q5 Dashboard
2021 Audi Q5 Dashboard
2021 Audi Q5 Front Seat
2021 Audi Q5 Front Seat
2021 Audi Q5 Rear Seat
2021 Audi Q5 Rear Seat
2021 Audi Q5 Steering
2021 Audi Q5 Steering

2021 Audi Q5 Exterior

The Audi Q5 has always been considered a very handsome car, and the current generation of the car doesn’t disappoint in that regard. While some people have been complaining about how similar the second generation model looks to the first generation, we actually like how well the design has evolved, while retaining its iconic shape.

2021 Audi Q5 SUV Three Quarter View

Be it the dazzling LED lights in the front, or the bulging roofline, the Audi Q5 features a very well designed stance, that complements the massive Audi signature grille and the swooping straight lines. The Audi Q5’s exteriors also feature highlights like well-molded bumpers and large taillights, which blend in with the rear hatch, to give the car a seamless look. The Q5’s tail lights are a part of the entire boot door, which further increases the amount of access space on offer while loading stuff.

Models

2021 Audi Q5 (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2020 BMW X3

2020 Cadillac XT5

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,045

3,977

3,931

4,257

Length (inches)

183.6

183.3

185.9

189.6

Width (inches)

74.5

74.8

74.4

74.9

Height (inches)

65.3

64.7

66

66.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.2

5

8

8.6

Wheelbase (inches)

111.0

113.1

112.8

112.5

The Audi Q5 features a similar design philosophy as its rivals, but its massive front grille and LED headlights to help it have much more road presence than its rivals. The Audi Q5 has its own unique identity though and is easily recognizable in a crowd of cars from other manufacturers.

Exterior features of the Audi Q5

  • Audi’s signature grille
  • An evolutionary design over the initial first generation
  • Straight lines for a seamless look
  • Squat stance for a sportier appeal
2021 Audi Q5 Front View
2021 Audi Q5 Front View
2021 Audi Q5 Rear View
2021 Audi Q5 Rear View
2021 Audi Q5 Side View
2021 Audi Q5 Side View
2021 Audi Q5 Side angle View
2021 Audi Q5 Side angle View
2021 Audi Q5 Rear angle View
2021 Audi Q5 Rear angle View

2021 Audi Q5 Safety

The Audi Q5 has always featured at the top of its segment in terms of safety and the 2021 model will definitely carry forward its record since Audi won’t be making significant changes for the said model year. The 2020 Q5 received a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA and the 2021 model will also have the same score since they’re essentially the same car. Active safety equipment on offer includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Driver fatigue warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane change assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Automatic emergency braking

2021 Audi Q5 Competition

2021 Audi Q5 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

The Audi Q5 and the Mercedes GLC are quite evenly matched when it comes to luxury features on offer. While Audi does offer a well put together interior with an excellent amount of room, Mercedes’ infotainment system is a joy to use and doesn’t take as much time to load content as Audi’s screen does.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

The Audi Q5 also features a slightly better fuel economy, which further helps it look like a good choice in its segment.

2021 Audi Q5 vs 2020 BMW X3

BMW recently revamped their X3 by introducing a whole new set of equipment and technology, while keeping its price at the same level as the previous generation. While the older car was significantly worse to drive, the newer car has made significant strides in terms of driving feel, ride quality, interior material quality, and practicality, helping it leave behind the Audi Q5 in this aspect.

 2020 BMW X3

However, the Q5 comes in at a lower price point, which helps it look like a more value for money option, at least on paper.

2021 Audi Q5 vs 2020 Cadillac XT5

Cadillac’s new range of SUVs hasn’t received as much good press as its rivals, and it's mostly down to the underwhelming gearbox and engine choices, which do let down the car massively. While the Cadillac is a good product overall, it's still not as practical or well built as the Audi Q5, which feels like a more premium offering.

2020 Cadillac XT5

The Cadillac also features worse fuel economy, a noisy cabin, and an unsettling ride, which is a big deal breaker looking for an SUV at this price point.

2021 Audi Q5 Final Verdict

The 2021 Audi Q5 is set to yet again conquer sales records by offering a well-built cabin and a whole host of technology, for a relative bargain when compared to its rivals. Sure, you can’t get a larger engine or a manual gearbox with it anymore, but the Q5 makes for a great family car that is capable of seating five adults in absolute comfort over long distances.

The Q5 is also one of the very few vehicles in its category that can be customized according to one’s tastes since Audi offers a wide range of optional equipment that can be added to any of the variants in the Q5 lineup. In summary, the 2021 Audi Q5 might not be different from the 2020 model year, but Audi will definitely be including some incremental changes, that will make it a better car, and we’d reckon it's worth waiting for. 

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