Audi USA is not wasting any time as the 2021 Q5 price list is out on the same day as the luxury crossover’s mid-cycle update. There’s both good and bad news to share depending on which version of the range you’re considering. If you’ve been saving to get the plug-in hybrid model a.k.a. Q5 55 TFSI e quattro, then you’ll be happy to hear it’s now $1,000 cheaper in the entry-level Premium trim, at $51,900.
The mid-range Premium Plus now costs $55,800 or $800 less than the year before. As for the top-spec Prestige, it has received a significant $1,350 price bump to $61,700. All three plug-in hybrid configurations of the midsize luxury crossover combine a 2.0 TFSI engine with an electric motor positioned between the combustion engine and the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox. The Q5 TFSI e completes the run to 60 mph (96 km/h) in five seconds flat thanks to a combined 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters).
|Q5 45 TFSI quattro||$43,300||$48,100||$54,000|
|Q5 55 TFSI e quattro||$51,900||$55,800||$61,700|
Should you want the absolute base model, the 2021 Audi Q5 price list reveals the 45 TFSI model carries over the $43,300 sticker, but with a nice twist. Its turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine now packs an additional 13 horsepower and a mild-hybrid system for a total output of 261 hp and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm). The changes have shaved off 0.2 seconds from the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time, which now takes 5.7 seconds.
We’ve already covered the 2021 SQ5 in a separate article, but we’ll mention it soldiers on with a $52,900 price tag in the base Premium trim. The Premium Plus and Prestige are now more expensive than before, at $57,300 and $62,500. These represent increases of $1,150 and $2,600 respectively.
It’s worth pointing out the 2021 Q5 price increases are justified to some extent as the Q5 45 TFSI model now comes with the Advanced Line exterior look while the plug-in hybrid Q5 has the S Line look. Adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam assist is now standard on the Premium Plus trim level, which also gets a top view camera system. In addition, the integrated toll module is now standard across the range, and so are LED headlights and the 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen with crisper graphics and 10 times the computing power of the previous infotainment system.
Step up to the SQ5 and Audi USA will also throw in an electronic steering column adjustment and OLED taillights. The latter are also standard on the Prestige trim, which benefits from matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals as well.
Customers willing to spend more will be able to get the PHEV model with an optional Sport Plus Package featuring adaptive air suspension, front sport seats, black headliner, brushed aluminum inlays, and 20-inch wheels with a 10-spoke star design.
All prices exclude the destination and handling fees. Audi USA will have the 2021 Q5 on sale in the final quarter of the year.