2021 Audi Q5 Adds Power, While Looking More Modern

The Q5 compact crossover is the latest to get a new modernized look. Along with a new front design, both the base model and plug-in-hybrid, received a slight increase in power and some standard tech updates. The new Q5 comes with the gloss black honeycomb grille and acute LED headlights with daytime running lights and so much more.

Written By- Neehan Rashid

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The 2021 model year has been nothing but joy for Audi fans. With the manufacturer busy refreshing its lineup with new grilles, angular headlights and taillights, the Q5 compact crossover is the latest to get the new modernized look. Along with a new front design, both the base model and plug-in-hybrid, received a slight increase in power and some standard tech updates.

With an attractive new look, the new Q5 comes with the gloss black honeycomb grille and acute LED headlights with daytime running lights. The top of the class, Prestige trim comes equipped with matrix-design LEDs that have on and off animations for the front and rear lights. While the SQ5’s Prestige trim gets standard OLED lights with three animated signature options. The standard advanced line exterior package is packed with chrome strips on the grille and silver accents on both front and rear bumpers. It sits on 18-inch wheels with all-season tires. But the client could choose the optional 20-inch wheels, if that’s their style.

The plug-in hybrid received the S line exterior package as standard and includes a sportier honeycomb grille along with a chrome surround on the rear diffuser.  It comes with 19-inch wheels, but the potential client can also opt for the optional bicolor 20-inch wheels. The Sport Plus package, that is currently available, arrives with 20-inch 10-spoke wheels on summer tires. One top these changes, the new Ultra Blue and District Green exterior colors are also being offered for the plug-in hybrid and the SQ5 models.

The standard Q5 comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which now makes 261 horsepower, a 13 horsepower advantage over the ongoing model. The plug-in hybrid, is also powered by the same 2.0-liter, but comes paired with an electric motor. It also received the same power treatment and got an increased 362hp. Both models are also paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The SQ5 model on the other hand, is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission and produces 349 horsepower. It also has adaptive suspension as standard and has optional goodies like air suspension, dynamic steering, and quad-tipped sport exhaust. The plug-in hybrid can be fitted with the adaptive air suspension if the optional Sport Plus package is chosen.

Walnut wood inlays are constant, although brushed aluminum is included in the Sport Plus package along with leather seats paired with contrast stitching and gloss black interior trims. The Sport plus package includes sports seats, S line leather, and a black headliner. Audi’s MIB 3 infotainment system is complemented with a 10.1-inch touchscreen that allows six individual driver profiles with wireless Apple CarPlay. Driver-assist features which include lane-departure warning, parking assist, and rear cross-traffic alert are all standard. For Premium Plus models, Adaptive cruise control is a stock feature.

The 2021 Audi Q5 is scheduled to arrive in dealerships at the end of this year. Pricing starts at 44,295 dollars for the standard Q5, 52,895 dollars for the plug-in hybrid, and 53,895 dollars for the SQ5.