2021 Audi Q5

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  • Sportback model adds a new body style choice
  • New, larger touchscreen for 2021


  • Trunk space isn't generous
  • SQ5 performance model has lower output than some rivals

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 28 highway, 24 combined

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Audi expands the Q5 lineup with a new Sportback model

Audi has given its Q5 luxury compact SUV a refresh for 2021, with slightly revised styling inside and out and improved equipment across the three familiar trim levels of Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. A key change is an updated infotainment system, and the larger touchscreen interface raises the Q5's game against its many luxury compact SUV rivals.

Also helping is Audi's addition of the Q5 Sportback to the lineup. The Q5 Sportback transforms the upright rear styling of the regular SUV with a roofline that's more coupe-like in shape. That does, inevitably, hurt outright utility—the trunk is slightly smaller and less usefully shaped. But if practicality isn't high on your list of priorities, the Sportback's eye-catching style will almost certainly appeal. It comes at a cost, though: The Q5 Sportback will set you back several thousand dollars more than the standard Q5 SUV. Still, that's also true of its key rivals, including the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, and buyers are seemingly happy to pay extra for the head-turning style of these SUV coupes.

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What is new for the 2021 Audi Q5?

  • The Titanium Premium, Titanium Premium Plus, and Titanium Prestige trims have been discontinued for 2021.
  • The Premium Plus trim now comes with Heated Steering Wheel, Automated Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Warning as standard equipment.
  • The Prestige trim now comes with Heated Steering Wheel, Head Up Display, and A/C Seat(s) as standard equipment.
  • The Premium trim now comes with Parking Sensors, Lane Departure Warning, and Blind Spot Monitor as standard equipment.

2021 Audi Q5 trims

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  • 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

  • View all Audi Q5 Premiums in stock

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

  • View all Audi Q5 Premium Pluss in stock


  • 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

  • View all Audi Q5 Prestiges in stock

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Audi Q5

1. Integrated Toll Module (ITM)

2021 Audi Q5 Review: Cell | CarMax

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.

 Need to switch it off? Audi makes it easy; it's controlled from your Q5's touchscreen interface.

2. The Audi virtual cockpit

2021 Audi Q5 Review: Dashboard | CarMax

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

2021 Audi Q5 Review: Backseats | CarMax

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

2021 Audi Q5 Review: Front seats | CarMax

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

2021 Audi Q5 Review: Exterior | CarMax

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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The 2017-2021 Audi Q3 offers a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive is available on the Q3. Equipped with premium features and modern technology, even the base model feels top-of-the-line.

Standard features of the 2017-2021 Audi Q3 base model include:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • Satellite radio

  • Bluetooth streaming audio for compatible devices

  • Panoramic sunroof

  • Leather seating

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Ratings & reliability

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Above Average

RepairPal gave the Audi Q5 an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Audi Q5 19th out of 29 among Luxury Midsize SUVs.

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Audi Q5 features and specs

Premium 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

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

Drive Wheels

All Wheel (4WD/AWD)

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Turbo Gas

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Leg room

F 41"/R 38"

Head room

F 41.7"/R 39.3"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

440/4400 lbs.



2021 Audi Q5 FAQ

More about the 2021 Audi Q5

Color options

Exterior 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 details

  • 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

NHTSA Safety Ratings

The 2021 Audi Q5 received received an overall 5/5 rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Find out more about this rating and how NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings program evaluates the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles.

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