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2021 Audi Q5 pricing and specs detailed: Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, Lexus NX and Volvo XC60 rival gets dearer with facelift

The Q5’s front and rear fascias have been tweaked as part of its facelift.

Audi Australia has released pricing and specification details for the facelifted Q5 mid-size SUV ahead of the Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, Lexus NX and Volvo XC60 rival's release early next year.

As before, the Q5 is available in five ‘regular’ full-time variants, which are now spread across three grades: unnamed entry-level (previously called Design), mid-range Sport and flagship S Line (new).

The unnamed entry-level and Sport grades come with two new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine options: a diesel (40 TDI) and a petrol (45 TFSI). The former produces 150kW/400Nm (+10kW), while the latter develops 183kW/370Nm (-2kW).

Both are fitted with a 12V mild-hybrid system, with the 40 TDI’s fuel consumption on the combined-cycle test being 5.4L/100km, while the 45 TFSI’s claim is yet to be publicised. That said, the former sprints from standstill to 100km/h in 7.6 seconds, 1.3s adrift of the latter.

The 40 TDI therefore kicks off the range from $68,900 plus on-road costs, making it dearer (+$2000) than its predecessor. The same is true of the $69,600 45 TFSI (+$1787), $74,900 40 TDI Sport (+$2300) and $76,600 45 TFSI Sport (+$2464).

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Meanwhile, the S Line grade is exclusively powered by a familiar 210kW/620Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel engine, although it now features a 48V mild-hybrid system. It completes the triple-digit dash in 5.7s and costs $89,600 (+$4511).

Of note, the 40 TDI and 45 TFSI variants are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while the sole 50 TDI offering is matched to an eight-speed torque-converter unit. All feature Audi’s signature quattro all-wheel-drive system.

Standard equipment in the unnamed entry-level grade includes LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, a 10.1-inch touchscreen multimedia system (new), satellite navigation with live traffic, wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto support, dual Bluetooth connectivity, digital radio, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a wireless smartphone charger, three-zone climate control, leather-appointed upholstery and ambient lighting.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention alert, a reversing camera, hill-descent control, tyre pressure monitoring and exit warning plus eight airbags.

The Sport grade adds 20-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a 180W sound system with 10 speakers, heated front sports seats, a power-adjustable steering column, intersection assist, emergency assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, park assist and surround-view cameras.

Meanwhile, the S Line grade also picks up a sports body kit (Titanium Black honeycomb grille insert, bumpers with silver trim, and illuminated scuff plates with ‘S’ lettering) and a head-up display.

Based on the Sport grade, a limited-run Launch Edition is also available, with its versions of the 40 TDI and 45 TFSI priced from $78,300 and $80,300 respectively. It bundles in metallic paintwork, bi-colour 20-inch Falx alloy wheels, carbon side-mirror caps, rear privacy glass, black exterior trim and extended leather-appointed upholstery with contrasting stitching.

Several option packages are available, including Assistance for the unnamed entry-level grade and Comfort and Technik for the Sport, Launch Edition and S Line. Individual options extend to OLED tail-lights.

As reported, a performance-focused SQ5 will be added to the facelifted Q5 range in the first half of 2021, with it to be offered with a 251kW/700Nm version of the 50 TDI S Line’s engine, while a new coupe-inspired Sportback body-style will arrive in the second half of 2021.

2021 Audi Q5 pricing before on-road costs

40 TDIautomatic$68,900 (+$2000)
45 TFSIautomatic$69,600 (+$1787)
40 TDI Sportautomatic$74,900 (+$2300)
45 TFSI Sportautomatic$76,600 (+$2464)
40 TDI Launch Editionautomatic$78,300 (NEW)
45 TFSI Launch Editionautomatic$80,800 (NEW)
50 TDI S Lineautomatic$89,600 (+$4511)