2021 Audi SQ5

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Audi SQ5 highlights

Customer rating


  • Athletic handling
  • Comfortable ride
  • Modern, stylish interior


  • Less power than some of its rivals
  • Numb steering feel in standard mode
  • Finicky infotainment interface

Mileage (EPA estimate)

18 city, 24 highway, 20 combined

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2021 Audi SQ5 boasts a modern, sophisticated look and plenty of power

Who says an SUV has to be bland? Audi’s SQ5 proves a compact crossover can have a vibrant personality. The 2021 Audi SQ5 carries over many of the improvements from the model refresh in 2018, but with a styling refresh. Also new for this model year is an updated infotainment system, wireless smartphone integration, and an integrated toll-road payment system. Most notably, Audi added an SQ5 Sportback model with a sloped roofline for a fresh look.

Well mannered on the road and well equipped from bumper to bumper, the 2021 SQ5 brings a powerful mix of performance and utility to the compact SUV segment. Audi’s all-wheel-drive system is standard, as is a strong 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Features like roof rails, a power liftgate, and a sport-tuned suspension add appeal to this family hauler, and heated front sport seats cradle each passenger comfortably.

All Audi SQ5 years

New for 2021

  • SQ5 trims have been upgraded with Rear Seat Heaters, Leather & Suede Seats, and Heated Steering Wheel as standard equipment this year.
  • Rear Sunshade features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Premium Plus trim now comes with Adjustable Suspension, Lane Departure Warning, Head Up Display, and Automated Cruise Control as standard equipment.
  • The Premium trim now comes with Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitor, and Parking Sensors as standard equipment.

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Premium 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • 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 & Suede Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel (4WD/AWD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 40.9"/R 37.8"

Head room

F 39.6"/R 39.3"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

440/4400 lbs.



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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Audi SQ5

What We Like

Interior: Heated, power-adjustable sculpted front seats are standard. Working your way up the trim ladder from Premium to Premium Plus to Prestige ratchets up the amenities and the price. We think the top-level Prestige trim is worth the stretch since it includes a head-up display, parking-assistance technology, and an upgraded Bang & Olufsen premium audio system.

Performance: Equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with 349 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, the 2021 SQ5 is no wallflower. Beyond the hardware under the hood, Audi fitted the SQ5 with an outstanding suspension that soaks up bumps and holes in the road for excellent driving comfort. The brakes exhibit stellar stopping power, and steering is appropriately balanced and nimble.

Comfort: The cabin of the SQ5 is blissfully quiet, mostly free of road noise. High-quality materials augment the sophisticated design, including the plush leather seats with side bolsters. There is just one touchscreen, and it’s easily within reach. Four passengers can sit comfortably and there's space for a fifth, when necessary.

What Needs Improvement

Technology: This model year brings a new infotainment system, now with faster processing speeds and sharper resolution. The 10.1-inch touchscreen is standard, and a12.3-inch display features Audi's Virtual Cockpit, which replaces analog dials with a customizable digital configuration. Unfortunately, spotty connections to the wireless smartphone function and complicated voice commands diminish the overall effect.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Audi SQ5 an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Audi SQ5 18th out of 23 among Luxury Midsize SUVs.

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2021 Audi SQ5 trims

Curious how Audi SQ5 trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities


  • 349-hp, 369-lb-ft of torque 3.0L
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Smart Key
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Power Seats
  • Leather & Suede Seats
  • Rear View Camera
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind Spot Monitor
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Premium Plus:

  • Includes all features available on the Premium
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Memory Seats
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Head Up Display
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • View our Audi SQ5 Premium Plus inventory


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