Crossover & Midsize

Now’s the Right Time to Buy a 2021 Audi Q5

COVID-19 in the U.S. is somewhat stabilizing thanks to vaccine rollouts, but the auto industry is still suffering. Dealerships experienced below-average customer turnout last year, leading to an overabundance of both old and new stock. Though the situation is unfortunate for the dealers, it might be good news if you’re looking for a discounted 2021 Audi Q5.

U.S. News reports that several automakers experienced staggering drops in revenue during 2020. The 2021 Toyota Sienna, though a good minivan, had the worst sales slump of nearly 42 percent. The Audi Q5’s sales declined by a quarter. However, it’s still one of the highest-rated luxury SUVs.

The 2021 Audi Q5’s stellar performance

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The Audi Q5’s standard powertrain is a turbo-four capable of 261 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Able to reach 60 mph in under six seconds, it already has more power than most other small SUVs. The sportier SQ5 models are equipped with a quicker turbo-V6 harnessing 349 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

The standard engine is also pretty efficient by small SUV standards, rated for 23/28 mpg city/highway. And the plug-in hybrid Q5 gets the best gas mileage of the pack, up to 50 MPGe combined city/highway. The Audi Q5 PHEV’s engine is also the most powerful, making 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

The Q5 models’ engines come paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while the SQ5 has an eight-speed automatic transmission. Both provide accurate shifts, but Consumer Reports found a slight delay when stopping the SUV. Regardless of powertrain choice, every Audi Q5 comes with all-wheel drive.

CR’s testers loved the Audi Q5’s handling overall. Though it’s not as sporty as the outgoing model, it rounds corners confidently, and the engine produces a satisfying exhaust note.

Inside the Audi Q5

The 2021 Audi Q5 boasts a sumptuous interior, excluding the unfinished plastic bits and a cheap-feeling headliner. The cabin offers room for five riders on heated leather seats. Second-row passengers don’t have as much room as riders up front, but most adults will find it comfortable.

All seats have wide cushions providing excellent long-term support. The interior is also whisper-quiet and well-insulated from exterior noise, including hard bumps under the wheels. The Audi SQ5’s ride is stiffer thanks to the sport-tuned suspension and larger wheels.

The infotainment system is a favorite among critics because of its user-friendliness and various standard features. A haptic feedback system registers inputs, but you can also use many controls with voice commands and physical buttons. Other features include a 10-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, wireless charging, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The Audi Q5 also comes with many standard driver’s aids, including blind-spot monitors and low-speed automatic emergency braking. And the innovative safety system automatically tightens your seat belt and closes the windows before an oncoming collision. U.S. News praises the Audi Q5’s exceptional safety scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Deals on the Q5

Prices for the 2021 Audi Q5 vary because of all the available options, but a standard model retails for about $43,300. The automaker currently offers 1.49 percent financing for 60 months, plus a $750 rebate on any 2021 Q5 purchase. For leases, putting down at least $4,321 makes you eligible for $427 monthly payments.

These offers expire on March 31. With the extra savings, you could justify splurging on the plug-in hybrid or Audi SQ5. The fancier Premium Plus models also come with more standard features, including Audi’s Virtual Cockpit