The 2021 Audi SQ5 is a compact crossover SUV from the German marque and is available for sale at a base MSRP of $56,100. Available in three trims and configurations, the 2021 Audi SQ5 gets only minor changes in comparison to the outgoing 2020 SQ5. This compact luxury SUV retains the same 3L turbocharged V6 motor putting out 349 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque and comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. As a result, the 0-60 mph and quarter-mile time remains unchanged too.
The 2021 Audi SQ5 is also a great option if you wish to lease or finance your ride. This compact luxury crossover SUV can be had for a minimum monthly lease price of $625 for the Premium Plus trim, with a down payment of $2,372 for a duration of 36 months. However, you can get it for as low as $594 if you go with the base Premium trim. However, do keep in mind that the ownership cost of this luxury German SUV is not going to be easy on your pocket. The outgoing 2020 Audi SQ5 is estimated to have a 5-year cost of ownership of $75,322. The miles per dollar ratio of 9 is also one of the highest of the compact luxury crossover SUV segment.
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2021 Audi SQ5 Pricing and Features
"As a facelift, we'd call the 2021 SQ5 a success as it looks more dramatic, drives better, and delivers more performance."- Carbuzz.com
The 2021 Audi SQ5 comes with the same three trim configurations, namely Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Available for sale at a base MSRP of $52,900 and going all the way to $62,500, the 2021 Audi SQ5 comes with an updated LED headlights, tweaked front fascia, two new colors, and a new 20-inch alloy wheel design. Apart from that, this compact luxury SUV still retains the same 3L turbocharged V6 motor mated to the 8-speed automatic and the Quattro AWD system. Other mechanical aspects like the suspension, steering, and brakes also remain unchanged.
The 2021 Audi SQ5 also retains all the interior features like a 10.1" touchscreen MMI infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation support, head-up display, Audi Virtual Cockpit, interior ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, and many more. The driver assistance features like front and rear automated emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert are also standard. However, many of these interior features are missed out on the base Premium trim, which is available for sale at a base MSRP of $52,900. If you want even more features, you could opt for the Convenience Package for an additional $1,100, offering more interior, exterior, and safety features.
7.0-in. Color driver information system
adds/upgrades to Premium trim:
adds/upgrades to Premium Plus trim:
Voice control system
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound and 19 speakers
MMI 10.1" touchscreen infotainment system
Audi adaptive cruise control with Traffic jam assist
Audi sound system with ten speakers
Audi phone box signal booster and wireless charger
Of the three trims on offer, the 2021 Audi SQ5 Prestige, which is the most expensive trim, coming in for sale at a base MSRP of $62,500, turned out to be the most feature-packed trim of the lot. It is easy to justify the premium given to get the Prestige trim over the lower trims like the Premium and Premium Plus because of the inclusion of many standard pieces of equipment like 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, head-up display, navigation support with Audi Virtual Cockpit, front and rear automated emergency braking and many more.
Though the 2021 Audi SQ5 is not the most fuel-efficient offering of the segment, it surely managed to get a decently large fuel tank capacity of 18.5 gallons. The 2021 Audi SQ5 Sportback, which is on sale at a base selling price of $53,995, also comes with the same combined gas mileage of 20 MPG as it is powered by the same 3L turbocharged V6 motor. Nevertheless, the 2021 Audi SQ5 comes with a city range of 333 miles and a highway range of 425.5 miles. The combined range of 370 miles is pretty average for the segment too.
"Inside, the 2021 SQ5 come standard with sculpted sport seats and their available quilted-leather coverings leave no doubt as to this crossover's upscale intentions."- Caranddriver.com
The 2021 Audi SQ5 is a compact crossover luxury SUV that is available for sale at a base MSRP of $52,900 and goes all the way to $62,500. Coming in at a premium price tag, the 2021 SQ5 offers the most spacious cabin of the segment. This cabin could easily accommodate five passengers without feeling claustrophobic. Both the front and rear row gets impressive headroom and legroom as well. When it comes to the overall feel of the cabin, this German SUV managed to come out as the most opulent offering with leather-trimmed dashboard and door cards, sport seats, and a flat-bottom steering wheel with thump contours, making it a joy to use. The full-black interior with black or rotor gray seats and brushed aluminum inlays for the interior are also retained.
The front headroom and legroom of 41.7" and 41" is the highest of the premium compact SUV segment. The rear seat occupants will also have no issues regarding space on offer too. The under-thigh and lower back support offered by the rear seat makes it one of the best tools for hitting highways. Along with that, the 2021 Audi SQ5 also turned out to be quite spacious when it comes to the cargo front, offering 25.1 cubic feet. Available on sale for a base MSRP of $52,900, the 2021 Audi SQ5 also comes with a host of optional features with the $1,100 Convenience Package like keyless entry, hands-free tailgate release, auto-dimming mirrors, driver's seat memory, heated steering wheel, and SiriusXM radio All Access Service.
2021 Audi SQ5
2021 BMW X3 M40i
2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43
2021 Porsche Macan S
Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)
Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)
This MMI infotainment system also comes with many connectivity features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM radio, Bluetooth connectivity, etc. Navigation support is only offered with the top-of-the-line Prestige trim, which is available for sale at a base MSRP of $62,500. However, both the Premium and Premium Plus trim can be equipped with navigation for an additional $1,500, which also gives you the Audi Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster. Some of the other interior and infotainment features on offer with the 2021 Audi SQ5 has been mentioned below:
"Audi provides several collision-avoidance technologies as standard in this model, with more driver-assistance features available to those who are willing to pay for them."- Caranddriver.com
The 2021 Audi SQ5 hasn't been crash-tested by the NHTSA and IIHS yet. However, the 2021 Audi Q5, which is the moniker that the 2021 SQ5 is based upon, received an impressive overall crash safety rating of 5-stars in the NHTSA crash test. The frontal and side crash test also received a 5-star rating. However, the rollover crash test received a slightly lower 4-star rating. It also received a good rating in all the subsections of the IIHS crash test, making it one of the best of the compact crossover SUV segment.
The 2021 Audi SQ5 comes with a decent list of standard safety and driver-assistance features like front and rear automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, side-impact beams, tire pressure monitoring system, airbags, backup camera, and many more. However, some of the driver-assistance and safety features like adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving, lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and rear side thoracic airbags can be had as an optional extra only.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 manages to trump the 2021 Audi SQ5 in certain areas like fuel efficiency, which is marginally better in the 2021 AMG GLC 43. The 3L twin-turbo V6 motor on offer with the 2021 AMG GLC 43 gave out a superior performance figure, making it faster in the 0-60 mph and quarter-mile times. However, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 is more expensive, coming out with a base selling price of $60,495. Along with that, it is neither as comfortable nor as spacious as the 2021 Audi SQ5.
2021 Audi SQ5 vs 2021 Porsche Macan S
The 2021 Porsche Macan S, which is available on sale for a base MSRP of $60,750, is the most expensive compact luxury crossover SUV of the segment. Even though the 2021 Porsche Macan S is superior to the 2021 Audi SQ5 in terms of driving experience on offer, they were more or less similar in terms of outright acceleration. The gas mileage was an identical 20 MPG combined too. What makes the 2021 Porsche Macan S hard to recommend in comparison to the 2021 SQ5 is due to the lower interior space on offer coupled with mediocre interior and driver-assistance features on offer as standard.
2021 Audi SQ5 Final Verdict
The 2021 Audi SQ5 turned out to be one of the most impressive compact luxury crossover SUVs on sale today. This moniker from Audi manages to come with an excellent powertrain setup that is mated to the legendary Quattro full-time AWD system, making it a powerful and dependable daily driver. The interior was also quite spacious and offered most of the bells and whistles as standard too. Available for sale at a base selling price of $52,900, the 2021 Audi SQ5 provides decent value for money in comparison to the rivals like the 2021 Porsche Macan S and the 2021 Mercedes Benz AMG GLC 43. Hence, if you could overlook the average handling and driving dynamics and mediocre gas mileage on offer, the 2021 Audi SQ5 should surely be on your shortlist.
What is the powertrain on offer with the 2021 Audi SQ5?
The 2021 Audi SQ5 comes with a single powertrain, which is a 3L turbocharged V6 motor putting out 349 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and the Quattro AWD system.
Can the 2021 Audi SQ5 be had with the RWD drivetrain layout?
No, the 2021 Audi SQ5 is only offered with the Quattro AWD system as standard.
What are the trims and prices of the 2021 Audi SQ5?
The 2021 Audi SQ5 comes at a base MSRP of $52,900 for the Premium trim. The mid-tier Premium Plus trim is offered for a slightly higher selling price of $57,300. However, the top-of-the-line Prestige trim is offered for an MSRP of $62,500.
What is the warranty offered on the 2021 Audi SQ5?
The 2021 Audi SQ5 comes with 4 years or 50,000 miles of basic warranty and 4 years or 50,000 miles of drivetrain warranty. The 12 years or unlimited miles corrosion warranty and the 4 years or unlimited miles of roadside assistance are also retained by the 2021 Audi SQ5.
What is the cargo capacity on offer with the 2021 Audi SQ5?
The 2021 Audi SQ5 comes with a cargo capacity of 25.1 cubic feet, which can be further increased by folding the rear seats down.
Cons - Controls are too complicated, expensive to maintain, cheap center console
An AWD SUV with 3.0L motor and 8-speed automatic transmission is what you get when you buy an Audi SQ5. And believe me, it is more than enough! Has everything I wanted! Starting from the seats- the best seats I have ever sat. The steering feels good in the hand and the leather feels premium. The technology is user friendly making it easier to use. A good looking SUV without any doubt. The headlights and DRLs design/styling could be better though. It has blind-spot, lane keep assist, rear camera, airbags, and many more features. Audi is expensive to maintain MSRP is not too much but maintaining charges are. It is very expensive to maintain. na
I could not stress enough just how good an SUV this is. A treat to drive. Very responsive, far more than you are expecting. Has driver-assist features to make you driving easy and safe. Don? like the infotainment- it is too complicated to use. Has everything I wanted and then some. Technology, luxurious interior safety, and much more. It looks sleek and modern. Very impressed with the styling. The alloy wheels are my favourite. I feel very safe in my new Audi. It has everything to keep me safe in case of any mishap. Not sure about the reliability. I?l wait and see. Financed it over a period of 60 months. Paid down payment too. na
A fun to drive SUV exactly what one expects from an Audi. It has an amazing pickup and it handles like a charm. Very impressive! Centre screen is big and responsive and has a lot of features. Premium and luxurious as one expects from an Audi! The interior looks and feels premium. Love the rings on the grille. Audi is safe! There has been no issue; everything has been working well. Love the car and love the deal I got. Very happy with what I paid. na