The Q5 is arguably one of the best compact crossovers on the market but years are passing, so it’s time for an update. Of course, this will be a mid-cycle update and if we consider the company’s usual policy with these mid-cycle refreshes, changes will be relatively modest. Still, the 2021 Audi Q5 facelift will bring a completely new front end, based on the company’s latest design language. Moreover, a couple of tweaks to the rear side are expected as well. Still, the biggest novelty will be the introduction of a new body style, the Q5 Sportback, which has been reserved for hatchbacks so far.
From the inside, we don’t expect significant changes, considering that the current model already features one of the nicest cabins in the class. The engine lineup should also remain the same. If you wonder when will 2021 Audi Q5 be available, the answer would be this summer.
2021 Audi Q5 Facelift
The number of 2021 Audi Q5 changes will be surprisingly big for this update. As we are talking about a mid-cycle refresh, there is no doubt that the focus will be on the styling. The test mule has been spotted already and it doesn’t hide too many things. From what we can see, the new version will get a completely new front face, with new headlights, grille and bumper, all adapted to the company’s latest design language, characterized by sharper angles and lines. The rear end will also get some kind of treatment.
Still, the biggest novelty for the next year will be the addition of a new body style. We are about to see the 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback. Although a familiar nameplate, “Sportback” has been reserved for hatchbacks so far. This year, we will see a couple of new Sportback models, including this and Q3 model, which will come first. As you may presume, the focus will be on the rear end, where we expect to see that coupe-like sloping roofline.
When it comes to the 2021 Audi Q5 interior, we don’t expect significant changes. The current model already features one of the nicest cabins in the class, characterized by both great aesthetics and excellent quality. Still, it looks like we could see a new infotainment screen for the next year. The new one will also feature a tablet-like layout, but it will be bigger and measure around 10.1 inches diagonally.
On the other side, the overall cabin layout will remain the same, which means you may count on the same dimensions. In practice, this means two spacious rows of seats, with plenty of legroom to accommodate adult passengers. Still, a large floor hump is a typical issue for most cars from the VW group, so middle passengers definitely won’t enjoy the ride. The cargo area offers around 25 cubic feet behind the second row and 53 cubic feet of total cargo volume.
Additions in terms of standard features are pretty much a certain thing. We’ve already mentioned a new 10.1-inch touchscreen, which will replace the current 7- and 8.3-inch screens. Of course, a couple of more novelties should come as well. The current model comes standard with tech goodies like tri-zone climate control, 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, HD Radio, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Things like a panoramic sunroof, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, wireless device charging, a 19-speaker premium audio system and satellite radio are currently available and we presume some of these options could become standard in the next year.
When it comes to safety features, we could see big changes. Currently, most of the advanced safety systems, such as rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, traffic jam assist, and adaptive cruise control is currently optional. We presume some of them could become standard soon.
2021 Audi Q5 Engines
When it comes to the engine lineup, the North American model will probably carry on with two familiar units. Of course, we are talking about a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 250 horsepower, which is more than enough for daily commuting. Those who are searching for something peppier can pick a new PHEV version with around 350 horsepower.
The rest of the world will probably see another 2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid version in the offer. This will be a mild-hybrid diesel setup and as you may presume, it won’t come to North America.
2021 Audi Q5 Release Date and Price
When it comes to the 2021 Audi Q5 release date, we expect that the new version will hit the market this summer. Bigger changes in price are not expected, so base models should go around 43.500 dollars. This is one of the toughest segments in the automotive industry today and the number of competitors is big. Still, this one mostly competes with German rivals, such as Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3 and X4, etc.