A new facial area and improved tech are just the start for the 2021 Audi Q5. As the automaker’s ‘tweener crossover between the more compact (but even now big) Q3 and bigger (and even bigger) 3-row Q7, the Q5 is a segue to electrification-curious buyers, and even some overall performance-leaning buyers.
Blunter: The 2021 Q5 demands to do a large amount. It is a six.four just before security is factored in, so this score could rise. (Read through a lot more about how we price cars.)
The information this yr is an update to its entrance and rear bumpers, together with a 10.1-inch touchscreen with a lot quicker components behind it on all designs. It is even now out there in Premium, Premium Furthermore, and Status trim amounts for $44,295 to start and can access previous $sixty three,000. The Q5 is out there with a turbo-four motor that serves as the foundation (and it’s our decide on for relative price and consolation), or as a plug-in hybrid with a turbo-four, electrical motors, and a lithium-ion battery pack. The top is even now a 349-horsepower turbo-six SQ5 that falls brief of gaudy overall performance quantities posted by other opponents but retains pace for consolation and usable overall performance. All Q5s are equipped with all-wheel generate, and the Q5 (plug-in hybrid or not) makes use of a seven-pace computerized transmission although the SQ5 adds a person a lot more forward cog for excellent measure.
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The reworked entrance bumper will be recognizable to latest Q5 proprietors, but not a lot of a lot more men and women. The grille is more compact and reduce in the nose, but even now handsome.
Below the hood of most Q5s, its foundation turbo-four will get a minimal a lot more pep to 261 hp, up from 248 hp past yr. It is our decide on for affordability and all round consolation.
Which is for the reason that the optional plug-in hybrid pairs a turbo-four with a fourteen.1-kwh lithium-ion battery that can ability the Q5 for about twenty five miles on electricity by itself, but it also costs all around $8,000 a lot more. For that a great deal, Audi provides 362 hp—more than the overall performance-leaning SQ5—but it fizzles a minimal there. The batteries are much too major and the turbo-four isn’t as refined as we like.
For pace, the SQ5 churns 349 hp and four.seven-2nd -60 occasions. It is exciting to generate and that’s higher praise for a crossover.
Why? The Q5 even now seats up to five, with home in the back again for about 27 cubic ft of gear. Each and every Q5 will get smooth leather-based upholstery and a higher-high-quality finish.
The 2021 Q5 hasn’t still been crash-analyzed, but every crossover will get computerized crisis braking, blind-place screens, and parking sensors. On Premium Furthermore and better designs, lively lane command and adaptive cruise command come common.
That complements a 10.1-inch touchscreen, leather-based upholstery, at minimum 18-inch wheels (up to 21-inchers are on the menu) and wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile connectivity. A 12.three-inch electronic instrument cluster is out there, and we like it.