2021 Audi SQ5

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2021 Audi SQ5 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 11, 2020
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Adarsh Sharma

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Audi SQ5 is a compact luxury crossover SUV that was launched by a German manufacturer in the year 2013. Since its inception, it has come a long way and is all set to go into its 2021 model year. Being one of the stylish and attractive SUVs with a spacious interior it is also quite a luxurious Audi. Currently, the SQ5 is available in three distinct trims that range from $52,900 for the base Premium trim and goes up to $59,900 for the Prestige trim. The only drivetrain offered is AWD and not FWD is in works for the newer model either.

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Quite a comfortable ride

Roomy Cabin

Luxurious but restrained interior design

Nimble handling


Lack of touchscreen functionality

Some missing features

What's New?

Minor exterior changes

Will remain more or less the same car

Minor interior changes

Pictures & Videos

2021 Audi SQ5 Review video


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Daytona Gray Pearl Effect

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Trims and Configurations


2021 Audi SQ5 Premium


349 hp @ 5400 rpm
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
21 combined


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $52,900 MSRP (19/21/24) 349 hp @ 5400 rpm, 3 L, V-6, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

349 hp @ 5400 rpm
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
21 combined


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $56,150 MSRP (19/21/24) 349 hp @ 5400 rpm, 3 L, V-6, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Audi SQ5 Prestige


349 hp @ 5400 rpm
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
21 combined


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $59,900 MSRP (19/21/24) 349 hp @ 5400 rpm, 3 L, V-6, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review


Overall Rating

Audi SQ5 is quite a popular luxury car among people looking for a fast crossover. Its regular version, the Audi Q5, is not difficult to find in any parking lots these days either. However, it is not hard to see why the car is so popular as it combines good looks, advanced technology, practicality, and luxurious cabin all in one package. Today, this luxury crossover faces stiff competition from the likes of BMW X3 M40i, Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, and Porsche Macan S. Here’s our take on the 2021 Audi SQ5 that’s soon going on sale in the market.

2021 Audi SQ5 Front View
2021 Audi SQ5 Rear View


2021 Audi SQ5 Features

The current Audi SQ5 is offered in three trims viz. Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The 2021 Audi SQ5 will follow suit. The base trims are fairly equipped while the price of feature-rich top trims may vary depending upon the requirements. The SQ5 lineup starts from $52,900 for the Premium AWD "Standard" trim and goes over $59,900 for the top of the line Prestige AWD. You can also get additional packages at additional costs which can enhance the look of your car.



Premium Plus






Key Features

7.0-in. Color driver information system

In addition to or replaces Premium trims features with:

In addition to or replaces Premium Plus trim features with:


Voice control system

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound and 19 speakers


MMI Radio plus with 7-in. screen

MMI Radio plus with 8.3-in. screen

Audi adaptive cruise control with Traffic jam assist


Audi sound system with ten speakers

Audi phone box signal booster and wireless charger

Audi park steering assist and lane assist


Apple CarPlayand Android Auto

Panoramic sunroof

Dual-pane acoustic glass for front side windows


Ambient LED interior lighting

Audi side assist and Audi pre sense with Rear cross-traffic alert and Vehicle exit warning

Traffic sign recognition


20-inches five-double-spoke-star design wheels

Driver's seat memory

Head-up display

The Premium trim, priced at $52,900 comes with plenty of features as standard with the highlights being Audi Sound system with ten speakers and Ambient LED interior lighting.

The Premium Plus trim comes next at $56,150 for the automatic transmission. It gets MMI Radio plus with an 8.3-inch Screen and Driver's seat memory.

2021 Audi SQ5 Third Quarter View

The Prestige trim, priced at $59,900. It bundles some pretty premium features like 3D sound and 19 speakers, Head-up display, Audi park steering assist, and lane assist and more in the features list as standard.

2021 Audi SQ5 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Audi is quite a known German car brand which usually offers reliable luxury cars all over the globe. Being an old and an established luxury brand, Audi as a car company always performs well in terms of reliability when compared with its rivals. Due to its favorable J.D. Power Initial Quality Study reports and Customer Satisfaction reports it has been in high demand even in the US car market.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

While the standard Q5 is one of the best small SUV cars that was launched in the year 2013, alongside it Audi also launched its S version, the SQ5. It became the first “S” badged Audi to come with a diesel engine. The SQ5 has low maintenance costs at only $928 a year and due to which it is easy to maintain. It has been rated 3 out of 5 in terms of reliability by J.D. Power which not the best in its industry but not bad either.

On average, the 2020 Audi SQ5 on average costs about $51,514. The people from California, New York, Alaska, Arizona, and Michigan enjoy the lowest prices as they have exempted the sales taxes. Here are some of the states and the prices the SQ5 retails at:

  • California - $51,146
  • New York - $51,895
  • Alaska - $51,543
  • Arizona - $51,900
  • Michigan - $51,086

The Audi SQ5 is relatively a reliable and worry-free machine that has no safety recall or customer complaints reported by the NHTSA website. This portrays the quality and standards that the German Auto-maker maintains with its products for customer satisfaction. Even though the SQ5 is quite a sophisticated machine but the quality standard of Audi makes sure that the repairs are usually infrequent and you do not face even small issues and niggles.

In terms of the ownership costs, on an average, you will have to shell out nearly $75,322 in 5 years when you buy a brand new Audi SQ5 Crossover. This is quite at par with the segment with Mercedez-Benz leading the especially when you compare it with some of Honda's other rivals. 


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

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Cost of Ownership







Currently, the Audi SQ5 has zero recalls as per the NHTSA and it is expected to be the same with the 2021 SQ5. In terms of the ownership costs, on an average, you will have to shell out nearly $75,322 in 5 years when you buy a brand new SQ5. This is quite an acceptable amount for a luxury segment crossover. 


The Audi SQ5 has one of the best warranties when compared with its rivals. This leads to a worry-free experience and gets the best out of the life of your vehicle. Audi offers a 24-hour emergency road service available in the United States valid during the 4-Year/36 Unlimited-Mile Warranty term. You can also get an extended warranty at an additional cost which can extend the warranty period up till 8 years.



Limited Warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain Warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hour roadside assistance

4 years/ unlimited miles; whichever is earlier

Comparing the warranty terms with its rivals, the best warranty in terms of maintenance is offered by Jaguar F-pace while the best warranty in terms of corrosion is provided by Volvo XC90 and Audi Q5. Overall, the best warranty terms offered between the rivals is Jaguar F-Pace which takes care of your car for a longer period of time. Mercedes on the other hand offers same warranty period but at an additional cost.

Miles Per Dollar

On average the cost of 1 liter of gas is 1.5 USD and considering the SQ8 gives about 20 miles per gallon combined. So, the Audi SQ5 runs around 9 miles per dollar which is at par with its cost.

2021 Audi SQ5 Buying Advice

We would recommend you to buy the base Premium trim as it has all the features that a luxurious vehicle could have. Its base model competes well when compared with top rivals. You could save $7000 by buying the premium trim instead of the Prestige trim as the base trim also has high infotainment, high safety features, and comfortable seats. It has also been rated above average in terms of quality and reliability in the JD power Report.

Is buying a used car Audi SQ5 a good idea?

Before saying anything first we should know about its depreciation cost. It has a bad depreciation cost when you opt for a new brand car. In the first year, it has a depreciation of 10%. 29% of depreciation can be found in the next three years of purchase. However, it has less maintenance cost of around $928, which makes it preferable for resale. The depreciation cost can favor you if you choose a pre-owned car.

If we see the depreciation chart we would find that the 2017 model year was the best option and 2018 and 2016 SQ5 can also be considered as optional.

2021 Audi SQ5 Engine and Performance

The Audi SQ5 equipped with a 3.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6 Engine, with 349 horses under its hood and 369 pound-feet of torque mated to 8-speed Automatic transmission with next-generation Electronic Precision Shift. The Only choice available in the drivetrain is AWD.It has an 8-speed automatic transmission which helps to maintain better engine performance and fuel economy.We expect no notable changes in the 2021 Audi SQ5.

2021 Audi SQ5 Engine

The engine feels adequate to handle anything and everything you throw at it. It is quite capable while ambling inside the city and also while overtaking on the highway. However, the throttle input could have done with more responsiveness and feedback. The car feels quite sporty for an SUV but is not at the same level as some of the other “S” badged Audi vehicles.


2021 Audi SQ5 (Expected)

2020 BMW X3 M40i

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

2020 Porsche Macan S







3.0L Intercooled Turbo V-6

3.0L Intercooled Turbo I-6

3.0L Twin Turbo V-6

3.0L Intercooled Turbo V-6







8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Auto-Shift Manual w/OD


349 hp @5400rpm

382 hp@5800rpm








Taking about its competitors the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 puts out the most force off the outline and bags the first position. The least power and torque output are shown by Porsche Macan S. In this section all the rivals perform well putting out almost similar power and torque figures but Audi is the least expensive of the bunch offering a great value proposition.

2021 Audi SQ5 Acceleration And Braking Performance

The SQ5 can sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 5.1seconds and complete a quarter-mile drag race in just under 15.5 seconds thanks to its Quattro AWD drive tech. The 2021 model is expected to claim the same figures as there will be no changes done to the powertrain. It is however as a mediocre number for a car of its size and price.

2021 Audi SQ5 Accelerate 0-60 MPH Just In 5.1 Sec

It is embedded with four sets of disc brakes with ABS. The size of the front brake rotors is 13.8 inches while the rear brake rotors are 13 inches and it takes 119 feet to stop from 60 – 0 mph. In the upcoming model, we expect it to have the same acceleration and braking stats as it comes mechanically unchanged.


2021 Audi SQ5 (Expected)

2020 BMW X3 M40i

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

2020 Porsche Macan S

0-60 MPH

5.1 secs

4.8 secs

4.7 secs

5.1 secs


13.5 secs

13.4 secs

13.3 secs

14.1 secs


155 MPH

155 MPH

155 MPH

157 MPH

60-0 MPH

119 ft

114 ft

111 ft

110 ft

Talking about its rivals, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 showcases the best acceleration stats off the chart followed by the BMW X3 M40i. Also, the best braking stats are provided by the Macan S thanks to its lightweight body and powerful brakes. The Audi and the Porsche however, remain the slowest cars in their segment.

2021 Audi SQ5 Fuel Economy

The current Audi SQ5 equipped with a powerful 3.0L V6 engine which is rated at 20 mpg combined (18 city/23 hwy) and is satisfactory overall. The 2021 model is expected to offer the same fuel efficiency as there will be no changes in terms of it powertrain. Though with the 18.5-gallon tank, the Audi provides a combined range of 370 miles and a highway range of 425.5 miles. We expect the same fuel economy in the upcoming model due to no changes in the powertrain. 


2021 Audi SQ5 (Expected)

2020 BMW X3 M40i

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

2020 Porsche Macan S











MPG (Combined)





Fuel Capacity

18.5 gallons

17.7 gallons

17.4 gallons

19.8 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

333/425.5/370 miles

371.7/477.9/420 miles

313.2/417.6/350 miles

356.2/455.4/410 miles

The best fuel economy is offered by the BMW X3 M40i due to its smaller and much more fuel-efficient engine. The rest of the competitors offers a good better fuel economy too but cannot match the BMW efficient engine. Audi SQ5 and Porsche Macan S provide a satisfactory fuel economy with 20 combined each whereas the Mercedes AMG GLC 43 sit right in the second spot.

2021 Audi SQ5 Interior

Audi SQ5 is known for its handsome interior and the same shall continue with its 2021 model.. The build quality is exceptional on the inside and you get leather seats with eight-way power adjustment and comfort headrest that make the ride comfortable. The seats are well built and soft. It has a front spacious cabin and getting in and out is pretty decent while the rear cabin is a little bit congested. The front seat offers 41.7 inches of headroom and 41 inches of legroom which is quite at par with the segment leaders. You also get features like ambient lighting that imparts a luxurious feeling. However, the visibility from the cabin is not the best and the SQ5’s interiors have a lot of parts in common with the other Audi cars. 

2021 Audi SQ5 Seats

The trunk space offered is pretty decent. It offers 25.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear row and it expands to 53.1 cubic feet when you fold it down. Standard glove compartments and door pockets are also provided.


2021 Audi SQ5 (Expected)

2020 BMW X3 M40i

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

2020 Porsche Macan S

Seating Capacity





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





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





Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)





Audi SQ5 triumphs GLC 43 and X3 M40i in terms of volume at the front half of the cabin. Also, the Audi SQ5 has the same story in the rear seats. While, in the rear half the Mercedes shows better legroom as compared to its rivals. The BMW X3 provided better trunk Capacity than the rest of its competitors which makes it a good highway journey companion.

Infotainment system?

The Audi SQ5 comes with loaded infotainment features that attract the customers, especially of younger age. In the front, it offers a big 12.3" LCD Fully Digital Instrument Console and 8.3-inch MMI Center Infotainment Screen.

2021 Audi SQ5 Infotainment System

The MMI infotainment system is considered to be the best in the market in terms of ease of use and its outstanding features. It is equipped with a premium sound system with 3D sound.

Highlighted infotainment features equipped inside the car include:

  •  Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibility
  •  Bang & Olufsen® sound with 19 system speakers
  •  SiriusXM
  •  Wireless charger
  •  Bluetooth Connectivity
  •  SD Card slot(64 GB Capacity)
  •  7.0-in. Color driver information system

2021 Audi SQ5 Exterior

The Audi SQ5 offers a classy and elegant styling with a hint of sportiness. Its appearance is more similar to the standard Q5 model with some extra added elements and an “S: badge. It imparts upmarket and classy styling due to its platinum single frame grill that has the Audi symbol making it look more elegant and attractive. It also offers sportier adornment with its 20-inch alloy whee compared to the standard Q5l.

2021 Audi SQ5 Third Quarter View

At the rear, it gets a full LED headlight setup, LED tail lights, aluminum roof rails that enhance its sporty look. The Audi SQ5 has 183.9 inches in length, 74.5-inch width, and 65.3 inches in width. A wheelbase of 111.2 inches is standard over the setup. It has some exterior features like Power adjustable and heated side mirror and a power liftgate. The upcoming model would have the same exterior build but it receives OLED rear light and some extra styling elements.


2021 Audi SQ5 (Expected)

2020 BMW X3 M40i

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

2020 Porsche Macan S

Curb Weight 

4321 lbs



















Ground Clearance 










If we compare the cars with its rivals, the GLC 43 offers the largest wheelbase while the X3 M40i the longest vehicle of the lot. The Audi SQ5 offers the maximum clearance in this comparison making it the most friendly off-road vehicle out of the lot here. Hence, if you are looking for the best road presence then the BMW X3 M40i is the crossover for you.

2021 Audi SQ5 Safety

The current Audi SQ5 offers satisfactory safety features provided inside the car. It is officially not rated by NHTSA for crashworthiness but it would be good considering its previous rating of Audi Q5 which has been rated 5 out of 5 stars except the Rollover rating where it was rated 4 stars. But it has been rated well by IIHS in every major crash test too. Overall it has an impressive safety rating. We expect it to have the same safety features in 2021 Audi SQ5 as it is a carryover model.

Some of the safety features provided in the car include

  • Hill Descent Control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Traffic sign recognition 
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rear cross-traffic assist

2021 Audi SQ5 Competition

2021Audi SQ5 Vs BMW X3 M40i

It is a difficult comparison as both cars are outstanding in their aspects. They have nearly the same features and the same infotainment. But if we compare the engine performance and fuel economy then the X3 M40i performs better than SQ5. While the interior space is more inside the SQ5, both cars have an attractive exterior.

2021 BMW X3 M40i

If you are looking for a sportier SUV the Audi is the best choice available. If you are looking for a fast and joyful ride that has good fuel economy too the BMW X3 would be the ideal choice.

2021 Audi SQ5 Vs Porsche Macan S

Porsche is known for its sport-oriented cars. But Audi SQ5 is the clear champion over here. Both have nearly the same price. The best engine option is delivered by the Audi SQ5 also it has more trunk space than the Porsche. Macan posts a better fuel economy than the SQ5.

2021 Porsche Macan S

Talking about the interior, Audi has more space inside and they both have similar infotainment loaded inside. Taking about the exterior, Porsche Macan has a much sportier look than Audi SQ5. 

2021 Audi SQ5 Final Verdict

2021 Audi SQ5 has outstanding features that attract any customer. It has a much more elegant exterior and its Audi Logo that framed on the single grille makes its existing superior. With much exciting interior equipped with advanced and intuitive infotainment, it is also cheaper than its rivals like BMW and Mercedes- AMG. Hence, we would recommend you to wait and buy the 2021 SQ5 rather than go for the current model, which is sure to be worth it when it arrives.