Audi Australia has confirmed pricing and specifications for the upgraded Q5 SUV range, with first deliveries scheduled for early 2021.
The local line-up has been expanded to include seven variants at launch, including a pair of limited-run Launch Editions. Coupe-styled Sportback and high-performance SQ5 models will join later next year.
Compared to the outgoing model, the 2021 Audi Q5 sports a refreshed design inside and out, includes more features as standard, brings mild-hybrid electrification to all powertrain variants, and overhauled infotainment.
- 2021 Audi Q5 40 TDI quattro: $68,900
- 2021 Audi Q5 45 TFSI quattro: $69,600
- 2021 Audi Q5 40 TDI quattro Sport: $74,900
- 2021 Audi Q5 45 TFSI quattro Sport: $76,600
- 2021 Audi Q5 40 TDI quattro Launch Edition: $78,300
- 2021 Audi Q5 45 TFSI quattro Launch Edition: $80,800
- 2021 Audi Q5 50 TDI quattro S line: $89,600
All prices exclude on-road costs
Three powertrains will be available with the launch range – two diesels and one petrol. A fourth option will arrive later next year in the form of the SQ5 TDI.
The Q5 40 TDI features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel with 12V ‘mild-hybrid’ technology.
Outputs are rated at 150kW and 400Nm, a 10kW improvement over the previous model. Drive is sent to a quattro all-wheel drive system via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Audi claims the base diesel can sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 222km/h. Additionally, the new Q5’s oiler benefits from a new twin-dosing Selective Catalytic Reduction system – including double AdBlue injections – which claims to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by “more than 90 per cent”.
Opting for the Q5 45 TFSI swaps out the diesel for a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol motor generating a healthy 183kW and 370Nm, again bolstered by 12V mild-hybrid tech. Like the 40 TDI, drive is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch auto.
The 45 TFSI dashes from 0 to 100km/h in a hot hatch-like 6.3 seconds.
Finally, atop the range is the 50 TDI which wedges a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel under the bonnet augmented by a 48V mild-hybrid system.
Outputs for the six are rated at 210kW and 620Nm, with the benchmark sprint dropping to 5.7 seconds. Like the four-cylinder models, the 50 TDI features quattro all-wheel drive and an eight-speed auto.
The Q5 40 TDI claims to use 5.4L/100km on the combined cycle, while the 45 TFSI quotes 8.0L/100km.
Meanwhile, the V6-powered 50 TDI claims to use 6.8L/100km.
The new Q5 claims to offer up to 520L of cargo capacity in five-seat configuration, expanding to 1520L with the rear seat backrests folded flat.
Audi hasn’t noted any significant changes to the vehicles exterior dimensions.
So, using the pre-facelift model as a guide, the Q5 measures 4663mm long, 1898mm wide and 1657mm tall, with a 2832mm wheelbase.
Additionally, all models are rated to tow up to 2000 kilograms, with a 200kg maximum towball weight.
Given this is just a facelift and not all-new model, the updated Q5 is likely to carry over its predecessor’s 2017-stamped five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Based on tests conducted by Euro NCAP, the Q5 managed 93 per cent for adult occupant protection, 86 per cent for child occupant protection, 73 per cent for pedestrian protection and 58 per cent for safety assist.
This rating applies to all versions of the Q5 and SQ5 provided they are SUV models – the upcoming Q5 Sportback and SQ5 Sportback remain unrated.
All versions of the Audi Q5 in Australia come equipped with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) for vehicles and pedestrians, driver attention monitoring, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic assist, exit warning, hill descent control, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring, and pre-sense rear – which primes the safety systems if a rear-end collision is anticipated.
Additionally, there’s eight airbags throughout the cabin (front, side, curtain).
Servicing and Warranty
Audi covers its Australian range with a three-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty with 24/7 roadside assistance for the same period.
The company also offers service packages upfront, which cover up to five years or 75,000 kilometres of maintenance. Servicing is required every 12 months or 15,000km.
For the Q5 petrol, the five-year plan costs $2720. The diesels, meanwhile, are a bit pricier at $3160.
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Keyless entry with push-button start
- Leather-appointed seats
- Electric front seats with four-way electric lumbar
- Three-zone climate control with rear digital display
- Ambient interior lighting
- Frameless auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- LED headlights with LED daytime-running lights
- LED tail lights
- Audi virtual cockpit plus (12.3-inch)
- 10.1-inch Audi MMI touch infotainment system
- Audi connect plus online services (Google Maps, traffic updates etc.)
- Apple CarPlay (wired/wireless) and Android Auto (wired)
- Qi wireless smartphone charger
- DAB+ radio
- 4 x USB ports (2 x front, 2 x rear)
- AEB with pedestrian detection
- Attention assist (driver fatigue monitoring)
- Side assist (blind-spot monitoring)
- Cross traffic assist rear (rear cross-traffic assist)
- Exit warning system
- Hill descent control
- Parking system plus (front/rear sensors)
- Reversing camera
- Tyre pressure monitor
- Pre-sense rear
Q5 Sport models add:
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- Panoramic sunroof
- Sport front seats (with heating, driver memory)
- Adaptive cruise control with Stop/Go (including traffic jam assist)
- Electric steering column with memory and easy entry functions
- Collision avoidance assist (evasive steer assist)
- Turn assist (cross-traffic AEB)
- 360-degree camera
- Park assist
- Audi sound system (10 speakers, 180 Watts including subwoofer)
Q5 50 TDI S line gets:
- Head-up display
- S line exterior design package
- Honeycomb pattern grill in titanium black
- Distinctive front bumper design with trapezoid elements on each end with matt aluminium silver inserts
- Illuminated door sill trims with S lettering
- Rear diffuser with selenite silver trim
Finally, the limited-run Q5 Launch Edition sports the following:
- Metallic paint
- 20-inch bi-colour alloy wheels in Falx design
- Black exterior styling package with black roof rails
- Carbon exterior mirrors
- Privacy glass
- Leather appointed seat upholstery in a choice of black or rock grey with contrasting stitching
- Extended upholstery package including door armrests and lower centre console in man-made leather with contrasting stitching
- Floor mats with contrasting stitching
- Illuminated front door sill trims
- Colour ambient lighting package
Depending on variant, a number of single-item options as well as option packages are available to further bolster your Q5’s equipment list.
Stay tuned to CarExpert for our first Australian drive of the new Audi Q5 early in 2021.