2021 Audi Q5

MSRP range: $43,300 - $61,700
Edmunds suggests you pay$45,754

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2021 Audi Q5 Review

  • Quiet, comfortable cabin features top-notch interior craftsmanship
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Wide array of technology options
  • Firm ride quality can get a little uncomfortable on rough pavement
  • Infotainment interface is distracting to use
  • Revised exterior styling
  • Larger touchscreen with a new infotainment system
  • More powerful four-cylinder engine
  • Part of the second Q5 generation introduced for 2018

From outward appearances, it'd be easy to think that the Audi Q5 had been redesigned for 2021. Instead, it has undergone a substantial refresh, with sharper styling than before. Underneath the sheet metal, the four-cylinder engine gets a power increase and a new infotainment system debuts. Unfortunately, that new infotainment system loses the dial controller from previous models and goes with a slightly more distracting touchscreen instead.

Audi is continuing to offer a plug-in hybrid version of the Q5. It's more powerful than the base Q5 and can go an EPA-estimated 19 miles on all-electric power on a full battery. It could be worth checking out if you can frequently recharge to help save on gas. Otherwise, the Q5 is a competent small luxury SUV that doesn't really stand out against the likes of the Acura RDX, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Volvo XC60. Read our Expert Rating below to get our full in-depth take.

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The revamped Q5 is unremarkable in nearly every aspect. The only standout quality is a roomy cabin. Otherwise, it comes up short in regards to comfort, performance and ease of use. The small luxury SUV class is full of overachievers, but the Q5 is merely competent.
Our Q5, which had the base 45 TFSI powertrain, accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds at our test track. That's a respectably quick time for a small luxury SUV with a base engine. Out in real-world driving, however, the engine sometimes feels overworked and there's a noticeable delay when you press the gas pedal.

Braking is the opposite — it feels good on the street and makes it easy to bring the Q5 to a smooth stop. But in our track performance braking testing, our Q5 needed 129 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is longer than average. The antilock braking system is pretty noisy too.

Other downsides include overly vague and imprecise steering (you don't get a good feel for the road) and an engine stop-start system that's overly jarring when it fires the engine back up. The Q5 does have good grip and poise when you push it hard around turns, but it's the singular bright spot for otherwise middling performance.
Our test Q5 came in the Prestige trim with the superbly comfortable front sport seats that have heating and ventilation. These front seats are the single most premium item inside the Q5. The cabin feels well built and insulated from the outside world.

However, there are issues with ride comfort. The suspension sends vibration from the road to your seat, making it unavoidable that you will feel cracks and bumps in the pavement. It's not especially firm or sporty — it's just constantly busy. The lack of a refined ride quality is unusual in luxury SUVs of this caliber, and we expect more from the Q5.
The Q5's cabin is spacious whether you're sitting in the front or the back seat, and it's easy to enter and exit through the well-shaped door openings. We also like the commanding driving position that provides excellent outward visibility.

The standard 10.1-inch touchscreen looks great, but it's mounted to the top of the dashboard like a tacked-on tablet. That looks a little awkward, and it's even stranger to use. There is no dial or touchpad controller, so you need to poke and swipe in order to operate the infotainment system. This feels like it could be made easier. Many of our editors prefer the Q5's previous-generation MMI infotainment system.
Technology is a strong area for the Q5. Navigation maps are clear and easy to read, with accurate turn-by-turn directions. Our test vehicle came with a rich and voluminous Bang & Olufsen stereo system that certainly scores some luxury points. The advanced driver aids also performed well. Adaptive cruise control is helpful to use on the freeway, and you can't possibly miss the flashing blind-spot warning lights.

There were a few hiccups. Though Wireless Apple CarPlay smartphone integration comes standard, connection issues forced us to plug in via a USB port. Bluetooth compatibility is good, and our vehicle included a wireless charging station. Don't expect much from the voice activation system, which requires you to adhere to strict prompts.
At 25.8 cubic feet behind the seats, the Q5 has maximum storage capacity that is almost perfectly average for the class. Other luxury SUVs in this class like the BMW X3 (28.7 cubes) and Acura RDX (31.1 cubes) do offer more cargo space. There are a few tie-down points inside but no underfloor storage. Small-item storage inside the cabin is a bit below average. There's an average-size center console, and two small trays that could hold some business cards, but not much else.

When so equipped, however, the Q5 boasts a maximum towing capacity up to 4,400 pounds, which is strong for the class. Only a few competitors can match it. For parents, the easily accessible LATCH points and roomy back seat should make it easy to install even the bulkiest of rear-facing infant seats.
The Audi Q5 45 TFSI gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in combined city/highway driving. That's the same as a BMW X3 xDrive30i and higher than the estimates for a Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic and Volvo XC60 AWD. Our test Q5 backed that up on our evaluation route by getting 27.9 mpg in real-world driving.
Build quality is a hallmark of Audi vehicles, and the Q5 is true to the brand. The interior panels exhibit a tight fit throughout the cabin, and there's an interesting mixture of authentic metals, leathers and woods inside. Some competitors do a better job of wowing you with crystals or flashy styling, but the Q5 brings a lot to the table.

Still, we're conflicted about its pricing. The Q5's base price is appealing for a luxury SUV considering you get standard all-wheel drive. But by the time you get up to the Prestige trim, many rivals offer the same impressive set of features. There isn't a whole lot that separates the Q5 from the pack at this price. Audi offers only four years/50,000 miles of coverage for the basic and powertrain warranties, which isn't helping its case.
Audi rebuilt a brand from the ashes by taking on the established luxury set head-on, with flashy styling and dynamic features that made vehicles such as the Q5 the trendy alternative to BMW and Mercedes. But where is that strategy now? The Q5's recent styling refresh is overly conservative, and there's nothing dynamically to spark driver interest. It feels like Audi proverbially let off the gas for this newest Q5.

Which Q5 does Edmunds recommend?

The midtier Premium Plus trim gets our recommendation in the Q5 lineup for its more substantial features list. It not only includes the Convenience package (optional on the Premium), but it also adds some additional tech and driver safety aids that we think you'll want to have in a luxury SUV.

Audi Q5 models

The 2021 Audi Q5 is a five-passenger small luxury SUV that's available in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. Within these trims, shoppers can choose between two engines:

45 TFSI: turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. It also has a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.

55 TFSI e: enhances the four-cylinder engine with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. It makes 362 hp and 369 lb-ft and can go an EPA-estimated 19 miles on all-electric power with a full battery before switching over to normal hybrid operation.

The entry-level Premium trim is anything but basic. You get a handful of features that are optional on some rivals. Feature highlights include:

  • LED headlights
  • Roof rails
  • Power liftgate
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Sliding and reclining 40/20/40-split folding rear seats
  • Remote monitoring and control via a smartphone app
  • 10.1-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay smartphone integration
  • Several advanced driver aids such as:
    • Frontal collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
    • Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
    • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
    • Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)

The base Q5 is eligible for the Convenience package, which adds:

  • Power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors
  • Keyless proximity entry
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Driver's seat memory functions
  • Satellite radio

Premium Plus
Stepping up to the Premium Plus trim gets you the above features, including those from the Convenience package, plus:

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Additional faux leather interior coverings
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Wireless charging pad with a signal booster
  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Lane keeping assist (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
  • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the vehicle and its surroundings for tight parking situations)

The Prestige tops off the Q5 lineup with:

  • Acoustic insulated front windows (reduces outside noise)
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Rear-seat window shades
  • Heated and cooled front cupholders
  • Interior ambient lighting
  • Navigation system
  • Automated parking assistance (steers into a parking spot with little or no driver intervention)
  • Bang & Olufsen premium audio

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Audi Q5.

Average user rating: 3.1 stars
11 total reviews
5 star reviews: 27%
4 star reviews: 18%
3 star reviews: 18%
2 star reviews: 9%
1 star reviews: 28%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

4/5 stars, Great all around but uncomfortable seats
Premium 45 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM)
Fabulous engine and transmission. Drive modes actually work . Dynamic with sportshifting make the car fly . Watch the speedometer. Fit and finish is exceptional. Wireless carplay . Dont need navi . Base stereo very good . The only bummer is we find seats uncomfortable however had it since a week only and hoping get used to them .
1/5 stars, Computerized failure in 3 weeks
I leased new 2021 Q5 premium plus. It fails after 3 weeks. The performance as good as always of Audi mechanical but electrical failure that unacceptable. I am worry if I have to stuck with it for 3 years.
4/5 stars, 2021 Audi Q5 after driving about 1200 miles.
Premium 45 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM)
Fast speeds with fun tight handling. The step down speed off the line is a mixed review. The 2021 Q5 will take off fast and pass other quickly most of the time. Automatic windshield wipers are nice but not perfect on the speed sometimes. Automatic Led headlight make other drivers mad. LED is very nice for the driver but not nice to have follow you. My wife said she hated me driving behind her at night. Lots of fun to drive overall. Looks are perfect for a small SUV. Automatic power windows are nice to have in front and back if they would work better. Should have better control of when to automatic window and when not. Seat heaters are great! Seat comfort is not great. We probably will not be buying a 2021 Audi Q5. More car shopping for us.
3/5 stars, Fogging head lights
Premium 45 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM)
Observed head lights foggy after 15 minutes drive home

2021 Audi Q5 videos

[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 1: The luxury SUV segment is one of the fastest growing and fiercely competitive out there. SPEAKER 2: Right here we have the 2018 Audi Q5 which is all new, completely redesigned from the ground up, and the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace. We want to find out which one offers certain benefits to certain drivers. Let's go find out. SPEAKER 1: OK, let's start with performance. This is the 35t model, and of course that means it's a three liter supercharged V6. 340 horsepower, which is plenty. SPEAKER 2: Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. SPEAKER 1: What does that Q5 have? SPEAKER 2: Less. SPEAKER 1: OK. [LAUGHTER] What I like about this V6 is that when you get into sport mode and you get on the throttle-- [ENGINE REVVING] Like, hey. SPEAKER 2: It sounds good. SPEAKER 1: It sounds like there's an engine. So performance, I think, is pretty strong with the F-Pace, especially this 35t model. It is fun to drive. It has some excitement to the experience from that exhaust sound, from the overall feel. And I think actually, like the sleek exterior design, even though you can't see it when you're driving, that adds to the experience. You know you're driving something that looks cool and has some sort of fun or excitement to it. [ENGINE ROARING] You've spent some time driving this, how's the power delivery from this turbo engine? SPEAKER 2: It's great. I mean, like every other turbo that's out there now, there's no lag, it doesn't exist anymore. There's a little bit of some low speed clumsiness here and there, but it's sporadic. Power is more than adequate for most drivers. If you need more, there's the SQ5 with a ton more power, I think 352 or 354 or something ridiculous like that. SPEAKER 1: More than plenty. You know what I don't hear? SPEAKER 2: What? SPEAKER 1: Engine. SPEAKER 2: Yeah, OK. So let's-- [ENGINE REVVING] That's a four cylinder. SPEAKER 1: Oh, it's not bad. SPEAKER 2: Yeah, but it's a four cylinder. SPEAKER 1: It's four cylinder, but it's not a drone-y four cylinder. SPEAKER 2: Right. SPEAKER 1: That's not bad. This is a fine riding SUV. It handles these corners really nicely, but sometimes I feel like it is a little firmer-- SPEAKER 2: It is, sure. SPEAKER 1: --than the comfort level I would want out of a luxury SUV. SPEAKER 2: Right, but I feel that a lot of people who might be looking at the Jaguar would be OK with it. I mean, it's certainly not an objectionable level. SPEAKER 1: No, and when you're buying a Jaguar you're accepting that hey, there's a trade off here. SPEAKER 2: Sure. I spent many hours driving this and never felt any seat fatigue. There's plenty of adjustments to make sure that, if you're tall or short, that it'll fit you well. The one thing that bothers me though, is ventilated seats aren't available until you get to the very top prestige trim. SPEAKER 1: Really? SPEAKER 2: Yeah. Ride quality though, I think it's got a good balance. It's not as smooth as some of the other luxury SUVs, but it handles really well. SPEAKER 1: I think from the passenger's seat it feels appropriate. I'm not blown away by comfort, but I'm not like disappointed by it either. It feels like what I would expect. The F-Pace's interior is-- I wouldn't say, you know, disappointing, but it lacks a certain richness or quality that you get out of like the Audi's and the Mercedes' of the world, right? SPEAKER 2: At this trim level. SPEAKER 1: Yes. SPEAKER 2: At the S level you have more leather, more kind of cool coverings that make it look more expensive and up-marketful. It is more expensive. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. SPEAKER 2: But the Audi, even in base form, they're using the same materials. SPEAKER 1: There's almost kind of a plainness through here, and it's not that it's bad, it's just like the other cars in the segment seem to do it a little bit better than this one. I do wish on that point though that this shifter didn't take up so much space in the center-- SPEAKER 2: Yeah. SPEAKER 1: --because it would be nice to have that, you know-- a shifter in today doesn't need to take up like half a foot of space. SPEAKER 2: No it doesn't. SPEAKER 1: It can be a stalk on the steering wheel, like you're not actually like-- let's not kid ourselves, we're not controlling any like mechanical components anymore, right? It's all electronic. SPEAKER 2: This knob is kind of cool. It's gnarled and it rises from the surface, and there's that little extra touch that kind of makes me happy. SPEAKER 1: It sort of matches the theatre that you want to have out of a luxury SUV. Like the light behind the start/stop button like pulsates when you get in, and this shifter like comes out, and yeah, they're gimmicks, but-- SPEAKER 2: But it makes you feel like there's something special going on that other cars don't have. I think the Q5 might be the class leader now-- SPEAKER 1: OK. SPEAKER 2: --and a lot of it has to do with what we're looking at right now, which is the interior. Look at these materials. I mean, it's premium stuff. Like this is really nice, everything has a nice feel and touch and look to it. I love the way they integrate all the tech. There's a ton of features and it's all easy to use. They have this yacht handle out of the A8-- SPEAKER 1: [LAUGHS] Yacht handle, I like-- SPEAKER 2: Actually what they used to call it. SPEAKER 1: I like yacht handle. SPEAKER 2: And you rest your elbow on the armrest, it goes over, your wrist is on the yacht handle, and it's right where the knob is to control the infotainment. SPEAKER 1: You kind of sealed the deal with yacht handle. SPEAKER 2: Yacht handle. SPEAKER 1: Yacht handle. SPEAKER 2: Mm-hmm. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. SPEAKER 2: Hashtag yacht handle. [LAUGHTER] The screen, even though when they first started putting them up there and looking like a tablet I was kind of opposed to it, but after some use and you realize that man, it's right in your sight line-- SPEAKER 1: Yeah. SPEAKER 2: I really like it. SPEAKER 1: I do kind of wish that the screen was a little bit more integrated into the dash. I get it why they do it like this, but it does kind of look like you've just stuck a phone or a tablet, and like just taped it to the dash. My initial impression going from the driver's seat of the F-Pace to the passenger's seat here is I sense the difference in size. This feels a little smaller, but at the same time it also feels a little airier inside. Here I feel like I have a lot more shoulder space and tons more headroom. Even if that's not true, that's my impression sitting here. We have nice features, we have heated seats, there's heated seats back there. This widescreen navigation system, entertainment system, is really responsive. Looks neat, but Android Auto isn't supported, Apple CarPlay support is apparently on the way. You look at other vehicles in this segment that offer those things or have cleaner displays or more functionality and you're like well, it's kind of a disappointment that this thing doesn't. What's that you're looking at right there? SPEAKER 2: The virtual instrument panel. I love these. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. SPEAKER 2: I really do. Audi has been putting it on almost everything. It's tack sharp, even when we're in direct sunlight it's really easy to read. It's semi customizable, so you go from one view to another and you can see a big nav map like this-- SPEAKER 1: Whoa, yeah. SPEAKER 2: You get a ton of information without really having to take your eyes off the road very much. I'm peeking down here and I'm still keeping a good reference of what's in front of us. When you don't have a touch screen in Apple CarPlay that means you have to use this knob to kind of scroll through all the little hotspots on the screen. There are some shortcuts, you can move the knob left, right, up, and down to kind of get to one section or another quickly, but it's not as intuitive as a touch screen. [ENGINE ROARING] So here we're in the backseat of the Q5. I'm running out of a little bit of headroom thanks to this sunroof rail, and I'm not getting a whole lot of thigh support further forward. But backseats you can't really expect too much, right? SPEAKER 1: I've got good knee room, I've got good headroom. I like the softness of the seats, even if the support might be a little lacking. I feel like the seat comfort is pretty decent. I feel like just back here there's less attention paid to the appearance overall, as you might expect, because most people sit in the front seat of these cars anyway, so why spend more money back here? But it does seem a bit more apparent in the Q5. SPEAKER 2: Yeah, and you kind of mentioned that it feels a little bit more like Volkswagen back here, and I'm kind of with you on that one. But on a road trip I think I'd be OK back here. SPEAKER 1: Totally. Welcome to my office. SPEAKER 2: It's a nice office. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. You know, the F-Pace's backseat, I feel like I have a little bit more space in every dimension, and I notice your-- SPEAKER 2: I am not brushing this. SPEAKER 1: --your wonderful hair is not touching the headrest. I feel like a bit more space, the seats are a little firmer, especially towards the center, there's like a-- SPEAKER 2: Crown. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. SPEAKER 2: Materials wise it feels just slightly better than the Q5, even though this center thing isn't all that attractive, either. But I do like that you have these little-- SPEAKER 1: The two USB ports and 12 volt, yeah. SPEAKER 2: --USB ports there that are covered as well. SPEAKER 1: I feel like from front to rear there's more consistency in terms of interior quality-- SPEAKER 2: Yes. SPEAKER 1: --where over in the Q5 it may be a more dramatic change. But the space back here is bigger because of course this is just a bigger vehicle, so it gets the advantage of that. SPEAKER 2: Yeah. SPEAKER 1: But it's nice having a bit more headroom back here. SPEAKER 2: Yeah. I'm not feeling quite as much shoulder room on the outboard, but that's such a nit picky little thing. SPEAKER 1: Want to know the upside? SPEAKER 2: Hmm? SPEAKER 1: Reclining seats. SPEAKER 2: Takes a bit of time to get there. SPEAKER 1: The Q5 doesn't have this though, so what's up? SPEAKER 2: OK, fine. Fine, fine. SPEAKER 1: No, I think anybody would be comfortable back here for a long time. SPEAKER 2: Yeah, and generally you're going to be putting smaller people back here. [ENGINE ROARING] SPEAKER 1: When comparing this to the Q5, we have to take into account that the F-Pace is a little bit bigger than most of the vehicles in this segment-- SPEAKER 2: Yes. SPEAKER 1: --and one of the ways that manifests is that this thing has decent cargo capacity and decent rear size space because it's slightly bigger. SPEAKER 2: I would actually go further and say exceptional for the class, because I had a-- ooh God, 74 inch flat pack cabinet-- SPEAKER 1: Yeah? SPEAKER 2: --that fit with, you know, the second row folded. And I didn't have to take it out of the box, I didn't have to leave the hatch open, it closed on it. It was shocking that it was that easy, so I give it really high marks for that. SPEAKER 1: I feel the F-Pace, I think, is the clear design winner here. SPEAKER 2: It's a very pretty car. SPEAKER 1: This has a very understated look, which isn't a bad thing. SPEAKER 2: That's Audi's character. SPEAKER 1: If I want to spend money on some S it should have that feel it's something nice. You don't need to be flashy-- SPEAKER 2: Right. SPEAKER 1: --to have that feel, but there does seem to be some elements of design that stand out, or at least give you that sense of worth. SPEAKER 2: This, like you said, is understated, but modern and kind of chiseled, and-- SPEAKER 1: Yeah. SPEAKER 2: --it's got the new Audi look. Which I'm not a big fan of the grill, everybody's doing these sharp trapezoidal grills. I want them to go away, but I like the way it looks. SPEAKER 1: An interesting thing happened to me yesterday as I was fueling this thing up, a guy actually walked up and said hey, cool Jag. Nobody would do that to a luxury SUV. You park any luxury SUV-- SPEAKER 2: Yeah, when was the last time someone said hey, nice X5. SPEAKER 1: [LAUGHS] Yeah, exactly. It doesn't happen, but it did with this F-Pace because this thing does a great job of standing out and having an identity that's more unique. We like the Jaguar F-Pace a lot, primarily because of how it looks, but also because of how it drives. It's a very emotionally appealing SUV, and that means it's a fairly easy car to recommend. SPEAKER 2: And the Q5 is as easy to recommend. I mean, the styling maybe isn't as sculpted and seductive as the Jag, but it's got some aggression and some chiseled lines, and I personally like it a lot. But it really gets high marks for the interior, the interior is impeccable. If I were choosing between the two it'd be a really tough choice, but I would just barely give it to the Audi. So that says you should really take your time in the test drive, really get to know the cars. Honestly I don't think there's a deal breaker with any of these. It's probably going to come down to personal preference. SPEAKER 1: Thanks for watching this comparison. If you want to see more, keep it tuned right here. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2017 Jaguar F-Pace vs. 2018 Audi Q5 Comparison Review

NOTE: This video is about the 2018 Audi Q5, but since the 2021 Audi Q5 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
23 City / 28 Hwy / 25 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 7-speed automated manual
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 261 hp @ N/A rpm
Torque: 273 lb-ft @ N/A rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Length: 184.3 in. / Height: 65.5 in. / Width: 74.5 in.
Curb Weight: 4079 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 25.8 cu.ft.

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Our experts’ favorite Q5 safety features:

Automatic Emergency Braking
Can detect obstacles and pedestrians as well as initiate automatic emergency braking if the driver fails to respond to a series of warnings.
Side Assist/Pre Sense Rear
Combines visual and audible warnings when an object enters the Q5's blind spot or crosses the vehicle from behind.
Rear Side Airbags
Optional airbags can deploy from the side of the rear seats in the event of a side collision.

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Roof Strength Test
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test

Audi Q5 vs. the competition

2021 Audi Q5

2021 Audi Q5

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Audi Q5 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

The Mercedes-Benz GLC has been a top pick among small luxury SUVs since it was introduced in 2016. In the years since, updates have kept it fresh in the face of newer competitors. The recent addition of Mercedes' excellent MBUX infotainment system is another bonus. The Q5 has the GLC beat in regard to cargo space, but the GLC is more comfortable and elegant.

Compare Audi Q5 & Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class features 

Audi Q5 vs. Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 is a chic alternative to the typical German SUVs, featuring simple Scandinavian design. The XC60 is similar to the Q5 in that its infotainment interface may take some getting used to and its ride quality isn't as smooth as we expect from a luxury brand. But it does have more cargo space than the Q5 and a more distinct personality.

Compare Audi Q5 & Volvo XC60 features 

Audi Q5 vs. BMW X3

The BMW X3 isn't our favorite small luxury SUV but it does little wrong. If you're looking for a little excitement, the six-cylinder-powered X3 M40i will certainly deliver without compromising overall comfort. Beyond performance, the X3 is a well-rounded choice that offers a few more options than the Audi to tailor it to your particular needs.

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2021 Audi Q5 First Impressions

What is the Q5?

The Audi Q5 is one of our favorite small luxury SUVs thanks to its quiet interior, smooth power delivery and impeccable cabin materials. For 2021, Audi tweaks the Q5 to keep interest in its strongest-selling crossover from waning. Most noticeably, the refresh brings new headlight and taillight designs, plus sharper styling on the front and rear. The engine gets a slight boost to power and fuel economy thanks to a new 12-volt mild hybrid system. And on the inside, a new infotainment system debuts, and some features that were previously optional are now standard.

How does the Q5 drive?

On the road, the Q5 deserves praise for its taut handling and standard all-wheel-drive system that make it adept through curves. There isn't much feedback from the steering wheel or brake pedal, but both are very responsive to driver commands for a luxury crossover. It makes you feel in control of the Q5 instead of the other way around.

For 2021, the Q5's turbocharged four-cylinder engine is up to 261 horsepower (an improvement of 13 hp) and 273 lb-ft of torque. We didn't notice a difference compared to last year. In some situations, such as going up a steep grade, the engine sometimes feels sluggish despite its additional horsepower for 2021. But we'll know for sure once we perform our instrumented 0-60 mph test in the near future. In general, the Q5 gives you quick power off the line and is smooth for easy driving around town.

How comfortable is the Q5?

The front sport seats on our Q5 Prestige test car deserve recognition. All at once, they are cushy, supportive and snug with a wide range of adjustability. They also come heated and ventilated and are the single most premium aspect of the new Q5 cabin.

Elsewhere, the Q5 checks all the luxury feature boxes: The Prestige comes with three-zone climate control, heated rear seats, faux leather armrests, and plenty of aluminum and wood trim. But the execution is not flawless. The climate control requires frequent adjusting to maintain desired conditions inside. And the driving position feels odd — while the armrest on the door is almost too far away for a 6-foot-tall person's elbow, the one on the center console nearly rubs against the driver's seat.

In addition, the Q5's ride quality — at least in the Prestige trim with its bigger 20-inch wheels that have less cushy tire sidewalls — is more rigid than perhaps a luxury SUV's should be. The suspension makes for a choppy experience over cracks and ruts in the road, and while it quickly recovers, the Q5 does not glide over bumps like some competitors.

How's the Q5's interior?

Do you like your crossovers classy? Then you'll enjoy being inside the new Q5. Our test vehicle came with a tasteful cabin characterized by its restraint — there are no shouty designs, gimmicky controls or tacked-on carbon trim. All of the controls feel nice to touch, with only small amounts of hard plastic or easily smudged gloss black panels. The slim three-spoke steering wheel looks great in its simplicity.

It's easy to see clearly out of the Q5 as well. The windshield has an aggressive slope, but the rearview mirror and collection of cameras and sensors packaged near the ceiling stay out of your field of vision. The front pillars block your view around turns, but they are gracefully thin to minimize the problem.

How's the Q5's tech?

Audi's new infotainment system has improved graphics and quicker responses to commands compared to the previous Q5 system. It's displayed on a 10.1-inch touchscreen mounted on the dashboard. The system is certainly fast, and it's easy to pick up and understand right away. The downside? Audi ditched its traditional dial control, meaning you'll take your eyes off the road and reach to press the screen for every action. Voice recognition is improved but doesn't allow for natural language, and it isn't good enough to make up for the lost dial. At least wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. The Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system is fantastic too.

Elsewhere, the driving technology leaves something to be desired. The backup camera lacks the resolution and multiple views that the cameras on some much more affordable cars offer, and the head-up display is so light it's rendered ineffective in sunlight. Twice in one day, while backing up our Q5 test vehicle, the standard rear cross-traffic sensors incorrectly detected an imminent collision, bringing it to a sudden and alarming halt.

How economical is the Q5?

Efficiency is also up slightly thanks to a new 12-volt mild hybrid system. Unlike other hybrids, the electric motor does not contribute to overall power output in the Q5. Rather, it makes the engine's automatic stop-start system work more quickly and smoothly. Estimated fuel economy improves for 2021 to 25 mpg in combined city/highway driving, up from 24 mpg combined in 2020 models.

We found the Q5 backs up its new rating. It posted 27.9 mpg during our 115-mile evaluation route that mixes mountain roads and freeway commuting, just a hair under the 28.1 mpg we observed in past models.

The Q5 also measures up well against other all-wheel-drive luxury crossovers, matching the BMW X3 xDrive30i at 25 mpg combined and beating out the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic and Volvo XC60 AWD by an mpg or two. Audi also offers a Q5 plug-in hybrid that provides 20 miles of electric range and an estimated 27 mpg combined for normal hybrid operation. Those specs are similar to those of the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrids.

What are the Q5's trim levels?

The Q5 is a five-passenger SUV, and it comes in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. For 2021, the base Premium trim includes the 10.1-inch center touchscreen, LED headlights, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Moving up to Premium Plus adds adaptive cruise control, a panoramic sunroof and a top-view surround camera. Finally, the Prestige trim comes with a 19-speaker sound system, head-up display, navigation and heated rear seats among other features.

EdmundsEdmunds says

The Q5 is a strong all-around luxury crossover. However, we're somewhat underwhelmed by the "improvements" made to this most recent version: The tech is outshined by competitors; the ride is bumpier than expected; and the engine sometimes feels overworked. Audi executives say the Q5 plug-in hybrid is the one everyone should want — and if it rides more smoothly and delivers consistent power, they're likely right.


Is the Audi Q5 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Q5 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.5 out of 10. You probably care about Audi Q5 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Q5 gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg to 27 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Q5 ranges from 25.6 to 25.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Audi Q5. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Audi Q5?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Audi Q5:

  • Revised exterior styling
  • Larger touchscreen with a new infotainment system
  • More powerful four-cylinder engine
  • Part of the second Q5 generation introduced for 2018
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Is the Audi Q5 reliable?

To determine whether the Audi Q5 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Q5. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Q5's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Audi Q5 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Audi Q5 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Q5 and gave it a 7.5 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Q5 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Audi Q5?

The least-expensive 2021 Audi Q5 is the 2021 Audi Q5 Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $43,300.

Other versions include:

  • Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) which starts at $43,300
  • Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI e (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) which starts at $51,900
  • Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) which starts at $54,000
  • Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI e (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) which starts at $61,700
  • Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) which starts at $48,100
  • Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI e (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) which starts at $55,800
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What are the different models of Audi Q5?

If you're interested in the Audi Q5, the next question is, which Q5 model is right for you? Q5 variants include Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI e (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), and Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI e (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM). For a full list of Q5 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Audi Q5

2021 Audi Q5 Overview

The 2021 Audi Q5 is offered in the following submodels: Q5 SUV. Available styles include Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI e (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI e (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), and Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI e (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM). Audi Q5 models are available with a 2.0 L-liter hybrid engine, with output up to 362 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Audi Q5 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 7-speed automated manual. The 2021 Audi Q5 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Audi Q5?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Audi Q5 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Q5 3.1 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Q5.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Audi Q5 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Q5 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Audi Q5?

2021 Audi Q5 Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM)

The 2021 Audi Q5 Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $48,290. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi Q5 Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is trending $2,536 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,536 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $45,754.

The average savings for the 2021 Audi Q5 Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is 5.3% below the MSRP.

2021 Audi Q5 Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM)

The 2021 Audi Q5 Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $52,720. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi Q5 Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is trending $2,563 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,563 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $50,157.

The average savings for the 2021 Audi Q5 Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is 4.9% below the MSRP.

2021 Audi Q5 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM)

The 2021 Audi Q5 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $57,095. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi Q5 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is trending $2,646 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,646 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $54,449.

The average savings for the 2021 Audi Q5 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is 4.6% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Audi Q5?

2021 Audi Q5 Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), 7-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)
25 compined MPG,
23 city MPG/28 highway MPG

2021 Audi Q5 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI e (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), 7-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)
27 compined MPG,

2021 Audi Q5 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), 7-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)
25 compined MPG,
23 city MPG/28 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG25
Transmission7-speed automated manual
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase111.0 in.
Length184.3 in.
Width74.5 in.
Height65.5 in.
Curb Weight4079 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Audi Q5?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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