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A crossover SUV that exudes elegance.

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The luxury SUV segment has a full roster and the refreshed 2021 Audi Q5 is a compact entry that continues to stand out from the crowd. With luxury, comes confidence, and this five-passenger SUV has it in abundance thanks to standard features such as Quattro all-wheel drive, leather upholstery, and two engine options that deliver the benefits of hybrid technology. For everyday driving you can look forward to and a set of amenities that put passenger comfort on a pedestal, the 2021 Audi Q5 blends driving manners with serious style.

While we currently do not have many 2021 Audi Q5s on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2021 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Audi Q5 with similar features.

Here's what you'll learn in this 2021 Audi Q5 review:

Key Specs & Features

MPG:

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  • The 2021 Audi Q5 45 TFSI® with a 2.0L turbocharged engine, 12v mild hybrid system, and AWD, delivers an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined.1
  • The 2021 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e (PHEV) with a 2.0L engine, plug-in hybrid system, and AWD, delivers an EPA-estimated combined 50 MPGe (electric and gas) and 27 mpg combined (gas).1

Cargo Space:

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  • 25.8 cu-ft of cargo volume with all seats in place (Premium trim model)
  • 25.6 cu-ft of cargo volume with all seats in place (Premium Plus and Prestige trim models)

Towing Capacity:

  • The 2021 Audi Q5 with 2.0L engine and mild hybrid system has an estimated towing capacity of 4,400 lbs. when properly equipped.2
  • The 2021 Audi Q5 with 2.0L engine and plug-in electric motor has an estimated towing capacity of 2,000 lbs. when properly equipped.2

Seating capacity:

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  • The 2021 Audi Q5 seats five passengers.
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Engine Options:

  • The 2021 Audi Q5 with 2.0L four-cylinder gas engine and mild hybrid system delivers all-wheel drive power through a seven-speed automatic manual transmission, and generates an output of 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.
  • The 2021 Audi Q5 with 2.0L four-cylinder gas engine and 14.1 kWh electric motor delivers all-wheel drive power (also through a seven-speed automatic manual transmission), generating an output of 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.

Tech Features:

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  • Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto integration
  • 10.1-inch touchscreen
  • Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Wireless smartphone charging pad
  • 12.1-inch virtual Cockpit digital gauge display (Premium Plus, Prestige)

Rankings

The Audi Q5 has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists:

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Integrated Toll Module (ITM)

If daily toll road driving or weeks away on the road feature in your schedule, Audi's integrated toll module is a smart tech feature that keeps you on the road and focused on your destination. This built-in transponder sits behind your rearview mirror and is compatible with most toll road services in the United States; signing up to the service means you'll never have to worry about fines or keep track of business payments while driving.3 Need to switch it off? Audi makes it easy; it's controlled from your Q5's touchscreen interface.

2. The Audi Virtual Cockpit

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Available as a standard feature with the Premium Plus and Prestige trims, the Audi Virtual Cockpit places futuristic tech into the hands of drivers right now. This customizable driver display elevates every journey experience, making light work of those longer journey components that would otherwise feel overwhelming to navigate smoothly. The 12.3-inch high definition view of the navigation map, media, phone controls, speed, and tachometer can be tailored to your own style. This is what luxury looks like for drivers, and how welcome that is.

3. A Deluxe Cabin

Audi does deluxe and understated well, and the 2021 Q5 is no exception. But this SUV is also full of character; its updated exterior has an eye-catching wider grille and offers two new paint colors (District Green and Ultra Blue) while the interior makes sure everyone has a relaxed and elegant ride. Front seats have multi-level heating, with reclining rear seats complimenting the overall feeling that this is a smooth, mature, and generously built vehicle. The finishing touches such as leather upholstery and walnut wood inlays provide the luxury feeling that only certain vehicles can.

4. Standard Driver Assistance Features

The 2021 Audi Q5 received more driver assistance features as standard during this current refresh and it's an impressive roster that really translates to on-the-road driver confidence. Audi Pre Sense Rear uses rear bumper radar sensors to help detect impending rear-end impacts and can initiate preventive action. Lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring come into their own on cross country trips, while mall parking lots feel a whole lot easier thanks to the rearview camera and acoustic sensors.

5. Available Package Variety

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You're certain to be impressed with the standard three trim options of the 2021 Audi Q5 – this is a luxury vehicle after all. Audi has also thought of some very attractive optional packages that can tailor the Q5 to your environment and lifestyle, or simply add some treats to elevate your daily commute. Lucky enough to live in year-round sunshine? Look for the warm weather package on the Premium Plus trim Q5, and you'll get front sport seats with ventilation and rear window sunshades. Want to add some tech or sports styling? The 2021 Audi Q5 has an available Technology Package that adds navigation, and a Sports Plus Package that adds 20-inch wheels, adaptive air suspension, and more. If you think the Audi Q5 has thought of everything, you might just be right.


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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • Premium: 18-inch wheels (19-inch wheels for the PHEV model), leather upholstery with wood inlays, 10.1-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, seven-inch driver display, tri-zone climate control, LED headlights, heated front seats, power liftgate, keyless entry with push-button start, universal garage remote, and more
  • Premium Plus: adds 19-inch wheels, Virtual Cockpit Plus 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, panoramic sunroof, top-view camera system, active lane-keeping, adaptive cruise control, and more
  • Prestige: adds Bang & Olufsen® 19-speaker premium sound system, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, navigation system, head-up display, matrix-design LED headlights, and more

Available Colors

  • Brilliant Black (mild hybrid models only)
  • Daytona Gray Pearl (PHEV models only)
  • District Green Metallic (PHEV models only)
  • Florett Silver Metallic
  • Glacier White metallic
  • Ibis White
  • Navarra Blue metallic (mild hybrid models only)
  • Manhattan Gray metallic (mild hybrid models only)
  • Mythos Black metallic
  • Ultra Blue metallic (PHEV models only)

Interior

  • LATCH connectors on outboard second-row seats
  • Seating for five passengers
  • 25.8 cu-ft of standard cargo volume (base trim)
  • Leather upholstery
  • Two front row cup holders and center console armrest

Average CarMax Prices

The 2021 Audi Q5 is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Audi Q5.

  • 2012 — Average prices less than $18,5004
  • 2013 — Average prices less than $19,5004
  • 2014 — Average prices less than $20,5004
  • 2015 — Average prices less than $22,0004
  • 2016 — Average prices less than $24,0004
  • 2017 — Average prices less than $25,5004
  • 2018 — Average prices less than $32,5004
  • 2019 — Average prices less than $38,0004

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2021 Audi Q5, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

Safety

The 2021 Audi Q5 has received an overall 5/5 rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2021 Audi Q5 PHEV model has not yet been rated. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Audi Q5 you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Audi Q3

The Audi Q3 is a subcompact SUV with strong commuting credentials thanks to a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that pairs with automatic transmission and Audi's always elegant all-wheel drive. Seating five passengers, the 2017–2018 Q3 feels insulated from road noise and is supremely comfortable: front buckets seats and reclining rear seats mean your long journeys are just as easy as the daily errands that this SUV loves. A refreshed second-generation Q3 arrived in 2019 with more space for cargo and improved rear leg-room. Standard features on the 2019 Audi Q3's base Premium trim also include:

  • Power liftgate
  • Leather upholstery
  • 23.7 cu-ft of cargo space
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
  • Front and rear row USB ports

Audi Q7

If you're set on the Audi style, but need to size up to accommodate your growing family then take a look at the Q7. Seating six or seven over three rows, the 2017–2018 Q7 is available in a choice of three trims and two engine options. The standard powertrain for the base Premium trim and Premium Plus trim is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Also available (for all three trims) is a supercharged 3.0L V6 engine delivering an impressive 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. If you have an active sporting lifestyle (or simply a whole lot to haul), the 2017–2019 Q7 with the V6 engine can tow an estimated 7,700 lbs. when properly equipped.2 Standard features of the 2017–2019 Q7 Premium trim include:

  • Power liftgate
  • 10-speaker sound system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • 37.5 cu-ft of storage with third-row stowed away
  • Leather upholstery

Acura RDX

For a compact crossover SUV, the Acura RDX is a luxury vehicle that certainly has the space for passengers and cargo more worthy of a midsize car. The 2017–2018 Acura RDX has just one trim, featuring a standout list of luxury features and a power-packed 3.5L V6 engine that delivers 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. There are three optional packages that add some nice touches and should you wish, you can also opt for all-wheel drive (front-wheel drive is standard).

The Acura RDX entered its third generation in 2019, changing up its engine to a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with an output of 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque all delivered via a 10-speed automatic transmission. The 2019 Acura RDX also boosted its cargo capacity to a generous 31.1 cu-ft (up from 26.1 cu-ft) with a low-level floor to ease your cargo in and out and some useful under-floor storage too. Standard features on the 2017–2019 base Acura RDX include:

  • Stability and traction control
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Rearview camera
  • Heated, power-adjustable front seats
  • Three available package options

The Bottom Line

When your daily driver looks and feels this good, it could be hard to imagine any other vehicle in your driveway, and the 2021 Audi Q5 is an appealing choice in either engine iteration or choice of trim. The refreshed 2021 model has pure driver appeal and a cabin that keeps your passengers ensconced in elegance. Take a good look at the 2021 Audi Q5, and it's hard to look away.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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4Based on prices on carmax.com from April 9, 2019 through September 10, 2020. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
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