2021 Audi Q5 Plug-in Hybrid review

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  • Serene cabin with little road noise
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Great technology features throughout


  • Firm ride might not suit everyone
  • The infotainment system can be distracting to use

Battery range (EPA estimate)

19 miles

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All Audi Q5 Plug-in Hybrid years

What is new for the 2021 Audi Q5 Plug-in Hybrid?

  • Q5 Plug-in Hybrid trims have been upgraded with Head Up Display, A/C Seat(s), Heated Steering Wheel, and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment this year.
  • The Premium trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor, Parking Sensors, and Lane Departure Warning as standard equipment.
  • The Premium Plus trim now comes with Lane Departure Warning and Automated Cruise Control as standard equipment.

2021 Audi Q5 Plug-in Hybrid trims

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  • 362-hp, 369-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Power Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Rear View Camera
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Side Airbags
  • Overhead Airbags

Premium Plus:

  • Includes all features available on the Premium
  • Memory Seats
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Satellite Radio Ready


  • Includes all features available on the Premium Plus
  • Head Up Display
  • A/C Seats
  • Bang & Olufsen Audio
  • Navigation System

5 reasons to buy the 2021 Audi Q5 Plug-in Hybrid

1. Plenty of space throughout 

For a small SUV, you get decent space inside. When it comes to cargo space, you’ll get 25.8 cu-ft in the trunk but can fold the rear seats to open that up to 54 cu-ft. The cabin is spacious and minimal, giving you enough room to store essentials such as water bottles and snacks. In the front, legroom is good with 40.9 inches but the back is also suitable for adults with 38 inches of legroom. 

2. Deluxe technology features 

Advanced driver aids such as blind spot monitoring are handy for highway driving and front and rear parking sensors make it easier to park in tricky spots. There’s also a convenience package that adds nice features such as a heated steering wheel and driver’s seat memory function. Jump up to the Premium Plus if you want adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera. Finally, look out for the Prestige trim to take luxury to the next level with ventilated front seats, automated parking assist, and a premium sound system. 

3. Balanced hybrid power 

The hybrid powertrain combines an electric motor with a gas engine for a total of 362 horsepower. This makes it a lot of fun to drive but also means you get an EPA-estimated 50 MPGe combined. For the gas engine alone, you’ll get 27 mpg combined, which is nothing to be sniffed at.

As this is a plug-in hybrid, you’ll also get some all-electric range: an EPA-estimated 19 miles when fully charged.

4. Ready for any journey 

The 2021 Q5 was given a facelift for this model year but it remains a comfortable and quiet companion for any journey. Whether you’re hitting the highway for a weekend getaway or you’re traveling back from a family vacation, everyone will appreciate how little road and wind noise enters the cabin, even at highway speeds.  

5. Standard all-wheel drive 

For extra grip on rainy days or when you want to push along some fun country roads, the standard quattro all-wheel drive elevates the Q5. It gives you extra confidence during your journey, no matter what the weather throws at you. You also have the option to do some light off-roading, which opens up opportunities for getting to the lake or taking that camping trip with your buddies.

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Audi Q5 Plug-in Hybrid features and specs

Premium Plus 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Bang & Olufsen Audio
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel (4WD/AWD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Plug-in Hybrid

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41"/R 37.8"

Head room

F 41.7"/R 37.7"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

200/2000 lbs.



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