2021 Q5 New Car Test Drive
The Audi Q5 is a luxury crossover with a great engine, terrific technology, and a classy cabin. For 2020, a powerful plug-in hybrid with about 25 miles of all-electric range joins the lineup.
The base engine, ubiquitous in the Audi line, is a 2.0-liter turbo-4 making 248 horsepower, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic manual transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. The acceleration is solid-but then you have scorching in the form of the Audi SQ5, with its 349-horsepower turbocharged V-6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Q5 is EPA-rated at 22 mpg city, 28 highway, 24 combined on premium fuel. The EPA hasn't rated the new hybrid yet. The SQ5 gets 19/24/21 mpg, trading 3 mpg for 100 horsepower.
The Q5 earns stellar safety marks, with five stars overall from the NHTSA and Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. Every Q5 comes with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Available safety equipment includes a system that follows stop-and-go traffic and applies the brakes at higher speeds.
At about $45,000, the Q5 Premium comes with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster screen, and infotainment screen with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
For more than $50,000, the Premium Plus adds a larger 8.3-inch touchscreen, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, 19-inch wheels, and a few other features.
The Prestige adds a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster, fabulous Bang & OIufsen audio system, and adaptive dampers.
The SQ5 comes in each of those models, for about $8,000 more.