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  • 2021 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e motion in shadow

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  • 2021 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e motion bridge

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  • 2021 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e motion profile

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  • 2021 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e motion rear profile

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  • 2021 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e motion entrance

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  • 2021 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e motion entrance three quarter

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  • 2021 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e parked and plugged in entrance

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  • 2021 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e parked and plugged in rear

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  • 2021 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e grille

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  • 2021 Audi Q5 inside from outdoors
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  • 2021 Audi Q5 inside
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  • 2021 Audi Q5 HVAC
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  • 2021 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e EV button

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  • 2021 Audi Q5 middle console
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  • 2021 Audi Q5 dwelling display
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  • 2021 Audi Q5 apple carplay
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  • 2021 Audi Q5 digital cockpit journey gauge view
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  • 2021 Audi Q5 digital cockpit journey pc full display
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  • 2021 Audi Q5 digital cockpit darkish map
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  • 2021 Audi Q5 sprint wooden and badge
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  • 2021 Audi Q5 44 TFSI entrance three quarter

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  • 2021 Audi Q5 44 TFSI actionr ear

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  • 2021 Audi Q5 44 TFSI motion rear three quarter

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  • 2021 Audi Q5 44 TFSI motion profile

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  • 2021 Audi SQ5 the solar is fairly

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  • 2021 Audi SQ5 motion forest

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  • 2021 Audi SQ5 motion the solar is fairly

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  • 2021 Audi SQ5 motion rear

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  • 2021 Audi SQ5 motion entrance

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  • 2021 Audi SQ5 entrance three quarter

Audi’s quantity vendor hasn’t been taking part in with a full deck. You see, the Q5 was redesigned earlier than Audi launched its newest MIB 3 infotainment system and up to date design language that options angrier grilles differentiated by mannequin and accented in matte silver trim. As a consequence, taking a peak on the different Audis within the showroom would rapidly reveal the Q5 to be behind the occasions. The up to date 2021 Audi Q5 modifications that, however solely to some extent.

Since there are not any important mechanical updates, we’ll desk the driving expertise for a second and focus as an alternative on that infotainment system, because the majority of modifications, advantages and detriments are instantly related to it. Although MIB 3 brings with it quicker processing speeds, higher-resolution graphics, pure voice instructions and a bigger commonplace central show (10.1 inches), it is the change to a touchscreen interface that makes the most important distinction.

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2021 Audi Q5 interior from outside

  • 2021 Audi Q5 inside from outdoors
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As in these different, newer Audi fashions, the touchscreen is a formidable unit. Actually, “press display” might be a extra correct time period because it a requires a extra devoted press that engages the icon you need with a reassuring haptic response and a click on not not like you get with the model’s high-quality switchgear. This additionally makes it 100% reactive to gloved fingers and finally extra like regular-old bodily buttons.

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Yet, the Q5 retains extra of these regular-old bodily buttons than its extra not too long ago redesigned siblings. Specifically, it retains bodily local weather controls reasonably than switching to a second touchscreen as within the A6, Q8, e-Tron, and so on. The cause is the Q5’s older structure simply is not suitable, however actually, we won’t say you may miss the second display. It’s pointlessly showy and our workers unanimously prefers the buttons and knobs anyway.

By switching the infotainment system to a touchscreen, nonetheless, the previous MMI controller and surrounding menu buttons have been faraway from the middle console. In their place is nothing – only a gap large enough for a Kleenex packet. It’s as vestigial because it seems to be. A bin just a few inches ahead is equally solely large enough for a Kleenex packet and due to this fact too small for any smartphone offered within the final decade, which looks like a missed alternative on condition that it’s adjoining to a USB port. A 3rd, skinny bin to the precise of the shifter can maintain a cellphone, however shouldn’t be adjoining to a USB port. Wireless charging is offered, however herein lies one other drawback. It’s on a sliding tray that covers the cupholders or slides again into the small under-armrest bin, thereby crushing bigger objects in that bin. 

Basically, the entire thing wanted a re-do – each to higher make the most of the area vacated by the MMI controls in addition to appropriate present flaws. It’s a surprisingly half-hearted effort on Audi’s half and it’s not the one one. The wooden trim is unconvincing in comparison with previous Audi efforts, and the plastics high quality on the middle console and doorways is substandard for the model in addition to the compact luxurious section. The items feel and look like they have been sourced from Volkswagen. The inside even smells a bit like a Volkswagen, although that is extra an statement than an issue.

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2021 Audi Q5 center console

  • 2021 Audi Q5 middle console
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There are different modifications for 2021. The styling has been tweaked, however stated tweaking differs by powertrain. We’ll go away the picture under to clarify the entrance fascia variations. At the rear, the decrease bumper and exhaust is the important thing differentiator: the 45 TFSI has hidden exhausts, the plug-in hybrid sarcastically has them seen and the SQ5 has quad spherical pipes.

Updated options embrace the accessible Virtual Cockpit digital instrument panel upgraded to 1080p HD from 720i, the head-up show gaining full-color functionality and new Matrix LED headlight upgrades that function distinctive “animations” in varied parked circumstances. Apple CarPlay additionally will get wi-fi functionality (Android Auto stays wired). Now commonplace are three-zone local weather management plus blind-spot and lane-departure warnings, a car exit warning and a camera-based automated entrance and rear emergency braking system. Adaptive cruise management and energetic lane help arrive with the Premium Plus package deal.

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Q5 Trim Level Comparison

  • Q5 Trim Level Comparison

Little has modified about the best way the Q5 drives, which is simply wonderful. It’s one of many smaller compact luxurious SUVs and it feels prefer it behind the wheel, transitioning by way of successive corners with poise because of a well-sorted chassis and clever Quattro all-wheel drive. The experience is buttoned down and complicated, hanging a terrific experience/dealing with stability with out fancy adaptive dampers. The steering is reasonably numb, although, and the Dynamic effort setting is extra just like the one-size-fits-all setup of previous-generation Audis. In different phrases, it seems like the conventional setting – Comfort and “Auto” have an excessive amount of play and intensify the numbness.  Thankfully, an Individual mode permits for the heftier(ish) steering with out the caffeinated Dynamic powertrain settings.

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As for the powertrain, solely the bottom 2.0-liter turbo (formally dubbed 45 TFSI) will get an improve. A 12-volt delicate hybrid system has been added, however it gives no driving force. The added 13 horsepower for 2021 is the results of mechanical modifications to the engine itself, and brings output as much as 261 hp and 273 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automated guide and “Quattro with extremely” proceed to be commonplace, the latter indicating the front-biased model of Audi’s all-wheel-drive system that sends energy rearward when situations demand.

The SQ5 (pictured under) and its 349-hp 3.0-liter turbo V6 carry over unchanged, however a recalibrated eight-speed automated leads to 0.4 second getting lopped off the 0-60 time, which now sits at 4.7 seconds. It will get the common model of Quattro with its default 40: 60 rear-biased torque cut up. We examined the plug-in hybrid 2021 Q5, nonetheless, which is totally carryover having been solely launched final 12 months. This is our first drive of this powertrain within the Q5.

That the Q5 nonetheless manages to really feel as agile because it does regardless of including a 14.1 kWh battery pack underneath the cargo flooring is spectacular. So too is the acceleration, as the two.0-liter turbo-four and single electrical motor pump out a mixed 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Even with the battery’s all-electric vary depleted, acceleration stays pleasingly brisk (that is not all the time the case with plug-in hybrids). The 0-60 time is 5 seconds flat. The electrical motor additionally smooths out the four-cylinder’s edges in sound and really feel, leading to a degree of refinement harking back to a V6. Having a dual-clutch automated reasonably than some e-CVT helps, too.

Of course, final refinement could be discovered when working in all-electric mode. We’d keep away from the Eco drive mode and its disconcerting detented accelerator, and the regenerative braking tends to extend inconsistently at occasions (most notably downhill), however generally, it is a well-executed electrified effort. The official vary is nineteen miles and we noticed rather less than that in regular driving round suburbia with few stops and begins. That could appear uninspired, and maybe it’s, however it’s additionally basically the identical because the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrids. We additionally noticed an indicated 29.3 mpg in 84 miles of blended suburban, freeway and mountain highway driving. That compares to the bottom 45 TFSI’s mixed score of 25 mpg mixed.

That will not be an enormous acquire, however like all plug-in hybrids, the extra you drive in that all-electric vary, the extra environment friendly it turns into. There’s additionally the matter of its important efficiency benefit and the $6,712 federal tax credit score that successfully brings its base worth of $52,995 to inside hanging distance of the 45 TFSI’s $44,395. Throw within the further tax credit many states supply and the plug-in hybrid basically turns into the most cost effective Q5.

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Yet, an identical worth story could be informed concerning the plug-in-hybrid variations of the BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Volvo XC60, which hybrid or no, stay stronger total than the Q5 regardless of the updates for 2021. Their interiors are an enormous a part of that: they’re extra spacious, have higher supplies, and do not look or really feel as retrofitted (most notably the Mercedes, which was equally up to date with a brand new infotainment system). So whereas the 2021 Q5 will slot in higher in Audi showrooms, there is definitely extra that might have been executed.

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