Luxury SUVs compose a competitive segment that German automakers often dominate. Even among these impressive vehicles, one offers better performance than the others. In this case, it’s the Audi Q5. It outranks rivals Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz on Consumer Reports’ list of the best SUVs.
Here’s what you can expect from the 2021 Audi Q5 and what makes it stand above the rest.
The 2021 Audi Q5’s specs and features
Starting at $43,300, the 2021 Audi Q5 features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 261 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. It has a towing capacity of 4,400 pounds when properly equipped. Although it’s not the most fuel-efficient SUV in its class, it boasts decent numbers: 23 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg combined.
Standard advanced safety features include forward collision warning, lane-keeping assistance, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking. The Q5 seats five and has a maximum cargo capacity of 54 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded.
The Audi Q5 ranks higher than rivals
Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Audi Q5 an overall score of 78, ranking it the second-best luxury compact SUV. This places it above the Porsche Macan, which scored a 76; the Mercedes-Benz GLC, with 75; the BMW X3, 69; and the Mercedes-Benz GLB, 64.
The Audi Q5 performed well on its road test, earning a score of 83/100. It has slightly less impressive predicted reliability and owner satisfaction scores, both of which are a mediocre 3 out of 5. Regardless, the Q5 outshines its German rivals in Consumer Reports‘ rankings. In fact, it outranks all other rivals except the Lexus NX.
What reviewers love about the Q5
Consumer Reports sings the Audi Q5’s praises and notes only two major cons: an unintuitive gear selector and controls that are challenging to learn. Beyond those drawbacks, the Q5 offers a wide range of benefits.
CR’s test drivers found the engine “smooth and energetic” with quick shifting. However, they noted that with the added level of control, the handling becomes slightly less sporty when compared with other Audi vehicles. Even so, this SUV handles corners well, and its suspension absorbs most bumps.
The Q5 really shines in terms of comfort, with well-padded seats and a wide array of driver’s-seat power adjustments. The rear seating also offers an impressive amount of room and even has an option to recline slightly, adding to passenger comfort. Consumer Reports also like that the rear seat slides forward and backward, offering more legroom for taller riders.
Additionally, the Q5 has a quiet cabin on par with the Mercedes-Benz GLC’s interior, CR reports. The Audi’s wind-and-road-noise suppression makes for “a premium ambiance” that adds to the cabin’s luxurious feeling.
Another major benefit is visibility. Compact SUVs often struggle in this area, but the Q5 boasts high windows, slim windshield pillars, and a wide rear windshield. All of these combine to give this SUV fairly good visibility for its size.
Although the Audi Q5 struggles in some areas, its advantages far outweigh its weaknesses. It offers good fuel economy, a sturdy ride, and an incredibly comfortable cabin, making this crossover stand out in a competitive segment. If you’ve been searching for an excellent luxury compact SUV, the Q5 should be on your list.