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Audi Q5 2021 review: S-Line snapshot

Sport 45 TSFI variant pictured.
EXPERT RATING
8
The S-Line is the capstone of the Q5 range for 2021, sporting a unique 50 TDI engine option and an overhauled look to go with Audi’s most recent design language

The S-Line is the capstone of the Q5 range for 2021, sporting a unique 50 TDI engine option and an overhauled look to go with Audi’s most recent design language.

The S-Line wears a before on-road price-tag (MSRP) of $89,600 and is offered only with the 50 TDI engine.

This is a 3.0-litre turbo diesel producing 210kW/620Nm. Unlike the seven-speed dual-clutch automatics offered in the rest of the Q5 range, the 50 TDI is paired to an eight-speed torque converter automatic. This engine also has a more powerful 48-volt mild-hybrid (MHEV) system which assists the starter motor and increases coasting time for what the brand says is a 0.3L/100km reduction in fuel consumption.

The Q5 S-Line has 20-inch alloys, a sportier bodykit with a new signature honeycomb grille, while inside it adds to the Sport’s standard equipment with an electrically adjustable steering column, and LED interior lighting package. 

Otherwise it shares the same equipment including a 10.1-inch multimedia touchscreen with Audi’s latest software supporting wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto connectivity, the brand’s very good ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital instrument screen, improved leather appointed sports seats, electric adjust and heating for the front passenger seats, three-zone climate control, LED head- and tail lights, auto dimming rear vision mirrors, a 360-degree parking suite, black interior headlining, and a motorised tailgate.

The Q5 range has a 520-litre boot and diesel versions like this 50 TDI have a 70-litre fuel tank. Official combined fuel consumption for the 50 TDI S-Line is 6.8L/100km.

Audi persists with a three-year warranty for its range, while its Mercedes-Benz and Genesis competitors have moved to a five-year promise. Lexus also offers a four-year warranty.

Pricing guides

$78,250
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)
Lowest Price
$66,900
Highest Price
$89,600

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
40 TDI Quattro Design 2.0L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO $66,900 2021 Audi Q5 2021 40 TDI Quattro Design Pricing and Specs
40 TDI Quattro Launch ED Mhev 2.0L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO $78,300 2021 Audi Q5 2021 40 TDI Quattro Launch ED Mhev Pricing and Specs
40 TDI Quattro Mhev 2.0L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO $68,900 2021 Audi Q5 2021 40 TDI Quattro Mhev Pricing and Specs
40 TDI Quattro Sport 2.0L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO $72,600 2021 Audi Q5 2021 40 TDI Quattro Sport Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
8
Tom White
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