UPDATE 26/2/21: Pricing and details of the Audi SQ5 have now been added to this story, following Audi's February 26 announcement.
The refreshed 2021 Audi Q5 and SQ5 range is now on sale in Australia, following an initial release of details last year.
This update on the five-door medium SUV arrives halfway through its second generation.
As for what’s changed, the new Audi Q5 range debuts a fresh look, upgraded cabin technology and a suite of new engines with mild-hybrid systems.
Its front end has been completely restyled from the bonnet down, with new lights, bumper intakes and a new grille defining the facade.
The changes are less dramatic on its rear end, however, where refreshed taillights and new lower bumper insert debut.
Meanwhile, the Audi's infotainment is enhanced through a new 10.1-inch MMI touch display, and offers Audi Connect services to map out surrounding amenities in Google Maps.
Powering the range are three new engines, kicking off with diesel TDI and petrol TFSI four-cylinder engines, both paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Producing 150kW and 400Nm, or 10kW more than past, the base 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine powers all 40TDI variants, offering a sprint to 100km/h from rest in 7.6 seconds.
The 2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder, meanwhile, is slightly down on power (-2kW) and offers 183kW and 370Nm in all 45TFSI variants, helping it accelerate to 100km/h in 6.3 seconds.
Both powertrains are available in three trims; a name-less base trim, Sport and a Launch Edition.
The second-tier Sport trim on 40TDI and 45TFSI variants introduce 20-inch wheels, 10-speaker audio and panoramic sunroofs, as well as heated Sport front seats, adaptive cruise and traffic jam assist, collision avoidance and park assist, among other safety systems, for $6000 on TDIs and $7000 on TFSIs.
For a limited time Audi is also offering Launch Edition trims on the base powertrains, this adds metallic paint, 20-inch wheels in bi-colour Falx design, black exterior styling bits, carbon mirrors, leather seats and armrests, illuminated door sills as well as ambient lighting — for $3400 on TDIs and $4200 on TFSIs.
The Launch Edition will go some way to aping the top-of-the-line Q5 S-Line, which is offered exclusively with a 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 and eight-speed automatic transmission.
Pumping out 210kW and 620Nm, it’ll hit 100km/h from rest in 6.3 seconds and relies on a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.
On top of this, it scores a honeycomb grille finished in black, matte silver front bumper inserts, illuminated door sills and a silver rear diffuser, along with electric steering adjustment.
The sporty Audi SQ5 tops the new range, featuring the same 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 diesel powertrain from the SQ5 special edition of late 2020. The engine outputs 251kW/700Nm and is mated to an all-wheel-drive system that can launch the SQ5 from zero to 100km/h in 5.1 seconds.
It has an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and also equips a 48-volt mild hybrid system to provide electric boost.
Otherwise, the SQ5 also adopts adaptive damping, 21-inch Audi Sport wheels, 19-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system, ambient lighting, quilted Nappa leather sports seats, specific S styling features inside and out, as well as Matrix LED headlights. It goes on sale from April 2021.
Across the standard range, Audi’s offering 12 exterior colours, four interior schemes as well as the Assistance, Comfort and Technik packs, as ways to customise the new Q5.
All Q5s will come from Audi’s Chihuahua plant in Mexico, while Audi offers a five-year service plan package for $2720 on petrol engines, then $3160 on diesels – backed by a three-year unlimited kilometre warranty.
2021 Audi Q5 and SQ5 Pricing
|Q5 40TDI quattro 150kW||$68,900|
|Q5 45TFSI quattro 183kW||$69,600|
|Q5 40TDI quattro Sport 150kW||$74,900|
|Q5 45TFSI quattro Sport 183kW||$76,600|
|Q5 40TDI quattro Launch Edition 150kW||$78,300|
|Q5 45TFSI quattro Launch Edition 183kW||$80,800|
|Q5 50TDI quattro S line 210kW||$89,600|
|SQ5 TDI 251kW||$104,900|