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2021 Audi Q5 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 7, 2020
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With time, Audi cars have become much sharper and curvy in terms of design. Been around for more than a decade now, the Q5 has been through so many upgrades and facelifts. The 2021 Audi Q5 will be a facelift version. The starting price is not yet out and is expected at around $45,000. In 2020, Audi offered 3 trims for the Q5 clan. There is a performance version of the Q5, the SQ5 that gets a much powerful engine and performance specs.

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Pros

Standard All Wheel Drive

Great Feature list

Comfortable Cabin

Cons

Limited Cargo Space

What's New?

New Facelift


Pictures & Videos

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

Styles

2021 Audi Q5 in Glacier White Metallic color 2021 Audi Q5 in Azores Green Metallic color 2021 Audi Q5 in Brilliant Black color 2021 Audi Q5 in Floret Silver Metallic color
Glacier White 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.

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9.6

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

9.6

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The Audi Q5 is not a huge SUV but rather categorizes itself as a compact SUV. The Q5’s rivals include BMW X3, Mercedes GLC 300 and the Volvo XC60. For 2021, Audi has better things planned for the Q5. Here is our take on the 2021 Audi Q5 that is soon going to be on sale in the US market.

2021 Audi Q5 Front View
2021 Audi Q5 Rear View

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2021 Audi Q5 Features

We know just a little bit about the 2021 Audi Q5 and its trims. In 2020, Audi Q5 came in 3 trims and 1 additional performance variant, the SQ5 which will be reviewed separately. The Q5 comes standard with the Audi Quattro AWD system. The redesigned Q5 looks more elegant with that massive grill and those laser headlamps. The 2021 Audi Q5 will supposedly have the latest Audi safety and tech features to enhance Audi's luxury experience. The price for the base trim is expected around $45,000, which goes all the way up to $51,450 for the prestige trim.

Models

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP

$43,300

$47,700

$51,450

MSRP (Titanium) $45,750 $49,100  

Key Features

Audi smartphone interface

Audi virtual cockpit

Audi adaptive cruise control

 

18-inch turbine alloy wheels

Parking system plus

Audi park assist 

 

Audi pre sense basic

Audi side assist

Heads-up display

 

MMI radio plus with 7" screen

MMI radio plus 8.3" screen

Bang and Olufsen 3D sound

 

Bluetooth audio connectivity

Audi phone box

HD Radio technology

*2020 data used for reference.

The Premium trim was priced at $43,300 for 2020. It offers a beautiful 18-inch turbine designed alloys. The trim also came with an Audi smartphone interface and Audi Pre Sense technology. The 2021 model will be offered at a slightly higher price. Also, the new Q5 will come with the latest technology and features.

2021 Audi Q5 Third Quarter View

The Premium Plus trim is up a notch from the Premium trim. This trim was priced at $47,700, came with Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch display. The Premium Plus trim had a Parking system plus and a bigger 8.3" MMI radio. The 2021 model will showcase much better amenities with this trim.

The Prestige trim is the top-end Q5 priced at $51,450. The trim came with Audi adaptive cruise control and Audi park assist. For your entertainment, there is a 3D sound system with 19-speaker setup. The 2021 model is expected to offer much better comfort and convenience in terms of tech.

2021 Audi Q5 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Audi has worked hard to get to the top in the reliable cars list. Audi has earned its respect by providing amazing build quality and premium materials. Audi does not compromise in terms of quality and value. The Audi Q5 has satisfied thousands of customers with its performance and capabilities. If we talk about the 2021 Audi Q5, the SUV will be way better than the previous model in terms of reliability and performance.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

The Audi Q5 was one of the bestselling luxury compact SUVs continuously for 4-5 years in the past because of its performance and reliability. Audi offered an amazing package at a medium price range which rivals could not do. The JD Power reliability report of the 2020 model Audi Q5 proved it right as it scored 81 out of 100 points. There have been few recalls for system failures which are pretty minor and are common for a car that sells this many numbers.

2021 AUDI Q5 Three Quarter View

We all know that the mere repairs and regular services for cars in this price range will cost us around $800 on average. The maintenance cost is a bit high as it is a luxury SUV but still better than competitors. Also, the resale value is amazing. Being a luxury compact SUV, Audi Q5 will be offered at around $45,000 starting price in 2021. In 2020, it had a starting price of $43,000. In different US states, the price of Audi Q5 varies due to taxes.

Years

Price

2016

$43,066

2017

$43,123

2018

$46,048

2019

$46,950

2020

$43,300

The ownership cost of the Audi Q5 is high but worth the hassle, as the people who own an Audi are not totally concerned about the money. Instead, they focus on the value they have inherited with the package. The ownership costs for an Audi Q5 in the current scenario, being a premium SUV is $28,000 approx. if we include the repairs, maintenance, taxes and depreciation.

Warranty

For covering any mishap, Audi offers a 4 years/50,000 miles warranty (whichever is earlier), at no additional cost. you even get a 4 year long 24-hour road-side assistance for you Q5.

Criteria 

Period

Limited Warranty

4years/50,000 miles

Audi Accessories Warranty

4years/50,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty

4years/50,000 miles

24-hour Road-Side Assistance

4 years/ unlimited miles

Other brands that offer a better warranty are comparatively cheaper and could not match what Audi offers. 

Miles per Dollar

In this we will be factoring the annual maintenance cost and how many miles the car runs on average in a year. The Audi Q5 has one of the lowest annual maintenance figures in the segment and hence offers a great miles per dollar. The Q5 offers 45.7 miles for a dollar. This ratio will go down as the cars get older and the annual maintenance figures go up.

2021 Audi Q5 Buying Advice

If Audi offers similar trims for the 2021 model year, then the best option we have is the Premium Plus trim. You can get enhanced comfort, better infotainment, premium music system, more safety features as standard or optional, more accessories. If we compare it with the BMW X3, you will see there is a small difference in the price as the Q5 is a bit expensive. In support of that, the Audi Q5 offers more standard features, a standard Quattro AWD system and much more. 

Is buying a used Audi Q5 a good idea?

Audi has a unique system of certified used cars. The cars go through various tests to get a verified certificate from Audi, for being a reliable used car. Also, if you buy a used Audi from the company itself, then you are entitled to a warranty of a certain type to keep you safe from any sort of mishap. 

The resale value of an Audi is generally great if the condition is flawless. You can get an old model of the Q5 for cheap, to suit your pocket and it still will not disappoint you. The average value depreciation of an Audi car starts from 14% annually, this may help you in bagging a well to do Q5 from say, 2015-16 for cheap.

2021 Audi Q5 Engine and Performance

For 2020, the base trim of Audi Q5 comes with a 2.0-liter inline 4 engine that produces 248 hp of peak power with 273 lb.-ft of torque. The Q5 has a 7-speed auto w/od manual transmission that shifts elegantly.

2021 Audi Q5 Engine

For people who are concerned about the fuel economy while demanding performance at the same time, the Q5 is also made available in a hybrid variant that jumps the power output to 367 hp.

Models

2021 Audi Q5 (Expected)

2020 BMW X3

2020 Mercedes Benz GLC 300

2020 Volvo XC60

MSRP

$43,300

$41,950

$42,500

$40,150

Engine

2.0L I-4 Turbo

2.0L I-4 Twin power Turbo

2.0L I-4 Turbo

2.0L I-4 Turbo

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

7-Speed DCT

8-speed auto w/od manual

8-Speed auto w/od manual

9-Speed auto w/od manual

Power

248hp @ 5,000RPM

248hp @ 5,200RPM

255hp @ 5,800RPM

250hp @ 5,500RPM

Torque

273lb-ft @ 1,600RPM

258lb-ft @ 1,450RPM

273lb-ft @ 1,800RPM

258lb-ft @ 1,500RPM

All the SUVs are powered by 2.0L turbocharged I-4 engines. Mercedes GLC 300 is the most powerful followed by Volvo XC60. The Audi Q5 deal gets interesting as only Audi is offering the Quattro AWD system with its SUV in the segment. The 2021 Audi Q5 will get upgraded power output and 8-speed transmission. The AWD will remain a standard feature. The price will subsequently increase as per the market conditions.

2021 Audi Q5 Acceleration and Braking Performance

The 2020 Audi Q5 does a fast 0-60mph run in just 5.9 seconds, outrunning its rivals except Mercedes GLC 300. If you want to stop your Q5 from 60-0 mph, it will take 112 ft to come to a standstill. Mercedes does it better by stopping at 110 ft where BMW and Volvo take a few more feet to rest its wheels.

2021 Audi Q5 Accelerate  0-60 MPH Just in 5.9 Sec

Models

2021 Audi Q5 (Expected)

2020 BMW X3

2020 Mercedes Benz GLC 300

2020 Volvo XC60

0-60 mph

5.9 secs

6.0 secs

5.6 secs

6.1 secs

Quarter mile

14.2 secs

15.1 secs

13.1 secs

14.1 secs

Top Speed

135mph

135mph

145mph

140mph

60-0 mph

112ft

114ft

110ft

114ft

Audi Q5 did well in both 0-60 mph and quarter-mile runs. In terms of stopping, Audi Q5 smokes both BMW and Volvo. For 2021, Audi Q5 will get better performance numbers as the company will upgrade every inch of it.

2021 Audi Q5 Fuel Economy

2020 Audi Q5 has a combined mpg of 24 where the BMW has 27. An 18.5-gallon fuel tank is good enough for the Audi Q5. 2021 model is expected to get slightly better fuel economy figures with the facelift being in the cards. Overall, all the vehicles in this segment offer similar MPG figures. 

Models

2021 Audi Q5 (Expected)

2020 BMW X3

2020 Mercedes Benz GLC 300

2020 Volvo XC60

Fuel mpg (City)

22

25

22

22

Fuel mpg (Highway)

28

29

29

29

Fuel mpg (Combined)

24

27

24

24

Fuel Capacity

18.5 gallons

17.2 gallons

17.4 gallons

18.5 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined

407/518/444 miles

430/498.8/464.4 miles

382.8/504.6/417.6 miles

407/536.5/417.6 miles

All the cars now come with hybrid technology that enhances their fuel economy as the electrical systems take over while starting the car. Audi Q5 and Volvo spread its wings on the highway with greater range. The bigger tank on the Q5 plays an important role. For 2021, we will get even better mpg and range miles from the upcoming Audi Q5. 

2021 Audi Q5 Interior

Audi is known for its aesthetic interiors. The proper ergonomics, comfort, placement of mechanism, and sophistication completes the Q5's interior. There are a lot of buttons on the door panel, steering wheel, on the dashboard and the center console. All leather upholstery always excites us. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is great with its power tilt and heating feature. The dashboard is a two-toned sleek design piece, with infotainment in the middle and a massive glove box. The T-shaped gear knob is handy and feels soft.

2021 Audi Q5 Accelerate  Front Seat

When you sit inside, you will realize that Audi focuses as much on comfort just like it focuses on performance. The 8-way power-adjustable seats are standard on the base variant and it gets better on the high-end trims. You can get a panoramic sunroof on option. 

Models

2021 Audi Q5 (Expected)

2020 BMW X3

2020 Mercedes Benz GLC 300

2020 Volvo XC60

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom,Shoulder room, Legroom)

41.7/57.7/41.0

41.1/57.6/40.3

41.9/57.3/40.8

38.0/58.2/41.5

Rear Row (Headroom,Shoulder room, Legroom)

39.3/56.5/37.8

39.1/56.0/36.4

38.5/NA/37.3

38.0/56.3/38.0

Cargo Capacity (cu ft)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

All the SUVs come with 5-person capacity. The Q5 offers greater interior space for the passengers than its rivals. If we talk about cargo capacity, the 2020 Q5 has 25.2 cubic feet space. If we fold down the seats, the capacity increases to 53.1 cubic feet. For 2021, Audi will again focus on better comfort and space inside the Q5.

2021 Audi Q5 Infotainment System

Known as the Audi virtual cockpit, the digital instrument cluster on the Audi is a huge 12.3-inch display. Apart from that, 2021 Q5 is expected to sport a 10.1-inch split-screen display at the center of the dashboard. It displays information about your navigation with Google earth, phone calls and audio. Also, it displays info about your battery and hybrid systems. There is an Audi smart interface that allows access to Apple car play and Android Auto to integrate your smartphone with the infotainment of your car. MMI interface system allows voice control and steering wheel controls.

2021 Audi Q5 Accelerate  Infotainment Display

With that, you also get Sirius XM/FM/HD subscription. For the best music experience, the infotainment mated with 10 premium speakers and a powerful amplifier. You also get an optional 19 speaker setup by Bang and Olufsen. Moreover, there's Audi Connect Prime and Plus for accessing the internet.

2021 Audi Q5 Exterior

The 2021 model is going to get upgraded from the ground up. The design will be inspired by Audi's A series sedans. The LED headlamps will get updated sharper design with laser animation. The front grill will get bigger and will remain a chrome once. Just like the 2020 model, the 2021 Audi Q5 will get a sporty design. The design gets better when the Audi Q5 sits on those massive 19-20 inch 5-spoke alloy wheels.

2021 Audi Q5 Three Quarter View

The bumper has massive air vents at the front and the grill goes all the way down. You can avail packages to customize your Q5 according to your needs. The Black optic package allows you to convert your Q5 into a full black design for the exterior. 

Models

2021 Audi Q5 (Expected)

2020 BMW X3

2020 Mercedes Benz GLC 300

2020 Volvo XC60

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,034

3,931

3,977

4,105

Length (inches)

183.6

185.9

183.3

184.6

Width (inches)

74.5

74.4

74.4

74.9

Height (inches)

65.3

66.0

64.7

65.3

Wheelbase (inches)

111.0

112.8

113.1

112.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.2

8.0

5.9

8.5

The 2020 Audi Q5 weighs 4,034lbs, few lbs. more than X3 and GLC 300. The Q5 is bigger in size than the BMW and Mercedes, where Volvo has similar measurements. The ground clearance is 8.2 inches to keep it clear from the ground for off-road activities. The 2021 Q5 might get bigger in size as it gets a facelift.

2021 Audi Q5 Safety

The 2020 Audi Q5 scored an amazing 5 out of 5 stars in the NHTSA crash test. Also, in the IIHS ratings, the Audi Q5 was given the best score of Good. The German cars tend to have an amazing build quality and a rigid body to keep the passengers safe. There are advanced tech systems for enhanced safety such as parking sensors, collision mitigation, lane keep assist, traffic jam assists, Audi assist, Audi PreSafe, dual standard airbags and whatnot. The 2021 model of Audi Q5 will have more safety features as standard.

2021 Audi Q5 Competition

2021 Audi Q5 vs BMW X3

The X3 is the closest rival to the Q5. It offers similar performance and features. Even the design is similar. It is just that Audi offers so many features as standard where BMW puts an option on those features.

2021 BMW X3

BMW outputs similar power but at higher RPMs where Audi outputs its peak power at low RPMs and Q5 is way faster than that of BMW X3 thanks to its Quattro tech.

2021Audi Q5 vs Mercedes Benz GLC 300

The GLC 300 is ahead in the game against Audi Q5 as Mercedes is good at dealing with the competition. The GLC 300 gets better performance numbers, stylish looks and a luxury interior with modern design.

2021 Mercedes Benz GLC 300

The Audi Q5 has its own benefits as it is better in terms of capability with its higher ground clearance and a standard Audi Quattro AWD system which Mercedes GLC 300 lacks.

2021 Audi Q5 vs Volvo Xc60

Both cars offer a great value for money and offer the best safety in the segment. Both of them even offer similar performance. However, The Audi has an upper hand when it comes to handling and built quality.

2021 VOLVO XC60

The Audi is a much more reliable car than the Volvo. So, if reliability is your priority the Audi is the way to go.

2021 Audi Q5 Final Verdict

Audi Q5 will gather twice as attention as the redesigned version will be next level. 2021 Audi Q5 will come loaded with a ton of standard features. Audi cars always attract a great resale value. For $45,000, you will get a crossover SUV that can do both luxury and sporty stuff which makes it a great deal.

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2021 Audi Q5 Overall Reviews


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Gregory C. Giroux

2020 Audi Q5

Premium 45 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Smooth but profligate

Pros - Quiet and smooth, rear view camera and parking sensors, panoramic sunroof

Cons - DRL, mpg, no fog lights

Overall Review

8 /10 Overall Rating

Undoubtedly the smoothest and quietest of them all. Not the best car to drive if thifty drives are in question. Handles nice and easy and provides enough visibility and assistance when trying to park or while backing up.

8/10
Features
9/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

TM

Timothy L. Mattison

2020 Audi Q5

Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Nothing to look up to

Pros - Just heated steering wheel and seats

Cons - Underpowered for its weight, no bigger engine options, lurches when while driving,

Overall Review

6 /10 Overall Rating

Underpowered is how I would define the Q5. As soon as it lands on intertstate, I always feel that lack of power and acceleration. Audi should definately have provided a bigger engine option as well for Q5 keeping in view its size and built. The standard engine never feels enough for a good highway ride. It also comes with an issue in the drivetrain and lurches usually from 3rd to 4th gear.

6/10
Features
6/10
Interior
6/10
Design
6/10
Safety
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
1/10
Dealer Review

AW

Amanda H. Welch

2020 Audi Q5

Prestige 45 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Quality and character of Q5 is unmatchable

Pros - Quality of everything its made up of

Cons - Cargo space

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Its obvious Audi Q5 is more inclined towards comfort and not sportiness. Easy to drive and a lot of inbuilt features make it the best daily driver for city traffic.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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8

User Overall Rating

Smooth but profligate

Undoubtedly the smoothest and quietest of them all. Not the best car to drive if thifty drives are in question. Handles nice and easy and provides enough visibility and assistance when trying to park or while backing up.

by Gregory C. Giroux

6

User Overall Rating

Nothing to look up to

Underpowered is how I would define the Q5. As soon as it lands on intertstate, I always feel that lack of power and acceleration. Audi should definately have provided a bigger engine option as well for Q5 keeping in view its size and built. The standard engine never feels enough for a good highway ride. It also comes with an issue in the drivetrain and lurches usually from 3rd to 4th gear.

by Timothy L. Mattison

10

User Overall Rating

Quality and character of Q5 is unmatchable

Its obvious Audi Q5 is more inclined towards comfort and not sportiness. Easy to drive and a lot of inbuilt features make it the best daily driver for city traffic.

by Amanda H. Welch

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