2021 Audi Q5 large SUV revealed: price, specs and release date

Updated large SUV gets mild hybrid engine for efficiency, and style upgrades too...

2020 Audi Q5 front

On sale Autumn 2020Price from £42,000 (est)

It’s hard to think of a scenario where the Audi Q5 large SUV wouldn’t be comfortable. Whether you’re ferrying Leonardo DiCaprio to an Oscar celebration or dropping the children off at school before heading to Ikea, it’s a versatile, luxurious and practical car. And just like Mr DiCaprio and his Hollywood brethren, cars like the Q5 will every so often have a bit of work done to keep pace with the younger generation of upstart rivals. Welcome, then, to this freshly facelifted Audi Q5.

As well as having a leaner, meaner look, this updated Q5 is available in new paint colours and with new personalisation options, including your choice of rear LED light designs. Yes, really, Audi Q5 drivers can even change the way their rear lights look depending on the driving mode they’re in.

2020 Audi Q5 rear

2021 Audi Q5 space and practicality

Despite its chunkier looks, there’s no change to how much space you’ll find inside the Q5, and, with 550 litres on offer, the big Audi matches its BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC rivals exactly. You should have no trouble packing for a weekend away, then, but you can also increase available boot space at the cost of rear legroom by opting for Audi’s sliding rear bench – something we recommend on the current car.

Unlike the larger Audi Q7 luxury SUV, this facelifted Q5 retains physical buttons for its climate controls, so changing the temperature, volume or drive mode doesn't require you to take your concentration off the road. For many other functions, though, you’ll need to use the touchscreen infotainment system, which has grown from 8.3in to 10.1in. Features include the ability to download satellite imagery from Google Earth, the ability to understand natural speech (thanks to Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant) and the facility to find a parking space before you arrive at your destination.

Interestingly, if you’d like to wait before opting for one of Audi’s upgraded services, you can now buy extras after you’ve purchased your car, with functions like Apple CarPlay unlocked wirelessly through a smartphone app. 

2020 Audi Q5 interior

2021 Audi Q5 engines

The sole engine available in this updated Q5 at launch is the 201bhp 2.0-litre diesel, which is badged as the 40 TDI. This engine is a mild hybrid; it recovers the electrical energy that's generated while braking and feeds it to a small electric motor that helps the engine ‘coast’ when it’s not under load, as well as helping you get up to speed faster, all contributing to lower running costs. The result is C02 emissions of 143g/km and fuel economy of 53.2mpg under the WLTP emissions tests. A seven-speed automatic gearbox and Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive system are both standard.

More powerful 2.0-litre and V6-engined diesel versions of the Q5 will go on sale later, as will two 2.0-litre petrol versions. All are expected to feature mild hybrid technology. As with today’s Q5, two plug-in hybrid variants will also be offered, with each able to drive for at least 26 miles on electric power alone. And although Audi has yet to officially say so, you can bet that a hot SQ5 performance version is waiting in the wings, complete with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine resting under its bonnet.

2020 Audi Q5 front

2021 Audi Q5 price

Specifications have yet to be announced, but automatic emergency braking will come as standard across the range, and, if the current Q5 is anything to go by, S line models are likely to be the most popular among buyers. Prices are likely to rise slightly, to around £42,000, so the Q5 will still be priced broadly in line with its key rivals. If you’re looking to bag a bargain, though, discounts of up to £8224 on the existing Q5 are available through our free New Car Buying service.

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