2021 Audi Q5 vs. Its Competition

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Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Audi Q5 competes against a slew of luxury crossovers that tempt buyers’ wallets like a Vegas casino.

The GLC-Class took an off-road turn last year, but it’s still the most elegant of the bunch and available in many different configurations.

The BMW X3 is a compelling pick because it’s a complete machine; every configuration is considered and comfortable.

The Acura RDX has a turbo-4 powertrain and 10-speed automatic that we like.

Its infotainment? Not so much.

The Volvo XC60 is a little long in the tooth but still good-looking and easy to drive.

The Cadillac XT5 is OK but lacks a standout feature that we adore.

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Quick Specs
The 2021 Audi Q5 crossover puts a new face on a best-selling formula that doesn’t show signs of getting old.
The 2021 Acura RDX satisfies sport-sedan drivers and crossover needers alike with strong performance and scads of space.
The 2021 BMW X3 is a do-all small crossover loaded with luxury, technology, and usability, with a dash of sporty personality.
The 2021 Cadillac XT5 is a comfortable SUV, but competitors offer more personality and refinement.
The 2021 Volvo XC60 drops the luxury-car attitude and delivers all the luxury-car feels.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is comfortable and quiet, with few rivals in among small luxury crossovers.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSport Utility VehiclesSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
Premium 45 TFSI quattroFWDsDrive30i Sports Activity VehicleFWD 4-Door LuxuryT5 FWD MomentumGLC 300 SUV
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
quattro Sport UtilitySport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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