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2021 Audi Q5 First Look

  • Thorough mid-cycle refresh
  • More power in standard engine
  • Driver-assist features now standard
  • In showrooms in Fall 2020

Audi has treated its popular Q5 compact luxury crossover to a mid-cycle refresh for the 2021 model year. The German automaker tweaked the exterior and interior styling, and increased performance. More standard equipment is added, and the mild-hybrid system now comes standard on the 2.0T models.

Those familiar with the current model, which is one of our favorites, will note that the changes enhance the Audi Q5 and make the compact crossover SUV even more appealing to its broad audience. Following the same lineup as last year, Audi will offer the 2021 Audi Q5 in three configurations: Q5, Q5 PHEV, and SQ5.

More Power and a Mild-hybrid System

The standard engine, which is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, has been upgraded to 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, which is a slight increase of power over last year (about 13 horsepower). Audi has also fitted a 12-volt mild-hybrid system to the vehicle. While the hybrid does not contribute to the engine’s power or propel the vehicle, it improves efficiency by reducing the workload on the alternator starter.

Enhanced Appearance

The 2021 Audi Q5 receives the Advance Line exterior package (2.0T model) or the S-line exterior package (PHEV model) as standard. Both packages include upgraded wheels (up to 21-inches in diameter) and cosmetic enhancements to the front grille and rear fascia. LED headlights are standard, with premium matric-design LED headlights on the options list. The range-topping Prestige trim now comes with OLED taillights. Note that Ultra Blue and District Green join the color pallet for the Q5 PHEV and SQ5.

New Technology

The Q5’s infotainment system — branded MMI (multi-media interface) — upgrades to the all-new MIB 3 (Modular Infotainment Toolkit) platform. More robust than its predecessor, the new architecture promises more functionality, faster processing, and countless more entertainment opportunities for passengers. Wireless Apple CarPlay is now standard across the Q5 model range.

Standard Safety Equipment

Audi has made a full suite of driver assistance features standard on the 2021 Q5. These include lane departure warning, parking system plus (front and rear acoustic sensors), and Audi side assist with pre-sense rear (including rear cross-traffic alert). The mid-range Premium Plus trim levels now feature adaptive cruise control (ACC) with active lane assist and top-view camera system to aid during parking.

When does the 2021 Audi Q5 go on sale?

The refreshed 2021 Audi Q5 will be in showrooms in late 2020. We expect the 2021 Q5 2.0T to start below $45,000. The range-topping SQ5 will likely begin just under $54,000. See the 2021 Audi Q5 models for sale near you

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