Audi gives the Q5 compact SUV a stylish facelift for 2021

Audi debuts a refreshed look for its Q5 compact SUV, imbuing the 2021 model with crispier styling cues along with a bevy of new tech features.

The updated 2021 Audi Q5 will have an initial batch comprising a Sport, S Line and Vorsprung variants, along with an Edition 1 trim that will be available to the Q5 line for the first time.

Scheduled for a late-2020 arrival, the sharpened exterior design of this Audi bestseller emphasizes the brand’s Q identity and, for the first time, sports a rear light cluster featuring digital OLED technology.

Up front, the large grille receives a slight refinement, with the outer frame now slimmer than its predecessor. This mildly altered grille is enhanced by standard LED high and low beams plus a more elaborate daytime running lamp (DRL) design. The beefed-up front bumper is also the main reason the new model is lengthier than the outgoing model by 19mm.

Even the entry-level Sport edition cars will have LED headlights, an improvement from the Xenon lights available previously. The S Line and Edition 1 cars also get a headlamp level-up, with Matrix LED units that only came as standard on Vorsprung model cars of the old model.

Interior-wise, the infotainment display grows in size, from 7 to 10.1 inches. The system is also now fully touch-controlled, with Audi dropping the old rotary controller completely. Aside from the enhanced ergonomics, this move also adds to the storage space in the dash area.

A third-gen Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB 3) now powers the Q5’s current infotainment system, with ten times more computing power than its predecessor, the MIB 2.

A 12.3-inch driver display is also now standard across the range, having previously found solely in the top-spec Vorsprung models. Amazon’s Alexa system, available in the model for the first time, provides car users with voice-activated convenience.

Powertrain choices remain unchanged, with a series of gasoline, diesel, and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

As for safety features, Q5 buyers will be glad to know that blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors are now standard on the base Premium trim, while adaptive cruise control, active lane keeping, and a top-view camera system are all available across the entire Premium Plus and Prestige model range.

These features accompany the already-standard Audi Pre Sense City suite, which comes with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

The 2021 Audi Q5 will begin its sales trek in Europe, with a starting price of EUR 48,700 (approximately P2.7 million before fees and taxes). Those who can’t wait for the Q5’s Philippine arrival can opt for the 2020 Audi Q5 sold locally.

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