There are many excellent choices for car buyers seeking a compact luxury SUV, but there is one SUV that reigns supreme year after year. For years, the Audi Q5 has been a strong contender in the luxury SUV market, winning Kelly Blue Book awards consistently. Kelly Blue Book attributes the Q5’s success to balance and the 2021 model is no exception. For the fourth straight year in a row, the Audi Q5 has won a KBB Best Buy Award.
The Audi Q5 has a classic yet modern appeal
There is no shortage of reasons why the Audi Q5 has dominated the KBB awards. It is an all-over solid vehicle wrapped in an impressive package; the Q5 aims to please from the inside out. The 2021 Q5 has an updated exterior appearance that adds popular trend appeal while maintaining a classic look that will not look dated down the road. There is the Audi Q5 Sportback for car buyers looking for an even more modern appearance and offloading capabilities.
The interior matches the exterior’s modern yet classic ambiance. The Q5 comes standard with sport front seats and brushed aluminum inlays. Upgrades including a panoramic sunroof are available for the standard model. Premium models offer more variation in exterior and interior colors and materials. The luxurious and sporty interior comes with ample space. Drivers looking for a luxury vehicle with plenty of cargo room will be pleased with the 53.5 cu-ft capacity and the 40/20/40 rear seatbacks, which fold down for increased storage room.
Modern technology abounds both in comfort and safety features
The exterior and interior surfaces are not the only aspects of the Audi Q5 that make it stand out as an ideal and modern vehicle. Inside the Q5, drivers are welcomed by a 10.1-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. All models also feature a wireless charging pad and a Wi-Fi hotspot to ensure drivers can stay connected no matter where they are.
In addition to keeping drivers connected, the Audi Q5’s advanced safety features ensure everyone stays safe. All models come standard with forward-collision warnings and automated emergency braking. Additional standard driver safety features include blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alerts. Buyers have extra options, including lane-assist and adaptive cruise control.
Safety meets performance
The Audi Q5’s safety features should help put drivers at ease so that they can enjoy the performance features of their luxury SUV. All 2021 Q5s come standard with an all-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission. The standard model contains a 261-hp turbocharged four-cylinder which Car and Driver reports produces an impressive 5.5-second run to 60 mph. Car and Driver also report the Q5 offers a smooth and quiet ride even on uneven roads. For drivers looking for an even smoother ride, the S Sport package includes adaptive air suspension and sport rear differential.
Not only does the Audi Q5 deliver a smooth, powerful ride, but it has a cutting-edge fuel system. The standard Q5 is considered a mild hybrid which helps improve fuel economy. On the highway, the standard Q5 boasts 28 mpg. For even better fuel economy, there is a plug-in hybrid option available for the Q5.
The plug-in hybrid Audi Q5 can run 20 miles on electricity alone. With a charged battery, the Q5 plug-in hybrid boasts 50 mpg. After the battery depletes, the plug-in hybrid averages 27 mpg. Luckily, the battery charges in under two and a half hours when plugged into a 240-volt Level 2 charging station. The Audi Q5 has won the KBB Best Buy award for four straight years due to its well-rounded features and capabilities. The 2021 model offers trims and upgrades for every driver’s needs.