Audi Q5
Audi Q5

2021 Audi Q5

Pros: Upscale interior; robust acceleration of SQ5; ride and handling balance

Cons: Freestanding control screen looks tacked on; prices rise quickly as options are added

CG Says: The 2021 Audi Q5 has revised styling and a new infotainment system. The base engine gets a mild-hybrid system and horsepower increases from 248 to 262. The SQ5 also refreshed styling. A Q5 Sportback with a more rakish rear roofline is expected midyear. The Audi Q5 premium compact crossover SUV was redesigned for 2018. The base engine is a 262-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with a 7-speed automated-manual transmission. A PHEV plug-in hybrid model combines a turbocharged 2.0-liter gas engine with an electric motor for a total of 362 horsepower. The sporty SQ5 variant has a 349-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 paired with an 8-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is standard on all, and the system can conserve fuel by disconnecting the rear axle when extra traction is not needed. Automatic emergency braking is standard, and an available vehicle-exit-assist system warns if a car or bicycle is approaching as a door is opened. Other available features include LED headlights; panoramic sunroof; adaptive cruise control; lane-keep assist; rear cross-traffic alert; blind-spot alert; and a traffic-jam assist feature that combines acceleration, braking, and steering guidance at speeds below 40 mph. The Q5 is a comfortable, quiet premium-compact crossover with an impeccably finished cabin and polished, athletic road manners. The SQ5 adds a healthy extra dose of all-around performance, albeit for a significant price premium.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Audi
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices Q5 Premium: $44,395
Q5 Premium Plus: $49,195
Q5 Prestige: $55,095
SQ5 Premium: $53,995
SQ5 Premium Plus: $58,395
SQ5 Prestige: $63,595
PHEV plug-in hybrid Premium: $53,590
PHEV plug-in hybrid Premium Plus: $57,490
PHEV plug-in hybrid Prestige: $63,390

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (Q5)
Horsepower
262
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (SQ5)
Horsepower
349
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder/electric motor (PHEV plug-in hybrid)
Horsepower
362
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
27
EPA Electric Engine Combined (MPGe)
50

Audi SQ5
2021 Audi SQ5
Also Consider
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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