The second generation Q5 brought a better ride, along with more space and power, yet fuel economy has also improved. Lots of high-tech features have been added alongside a variety of standard advanced safety features. Taken together, it is one of the most well-rounded models in its class.
The standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 248 horsepower; for 2021 it gets 13 more hp. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission plays a supporting role, and this setup helps the Q5 feel responsive and accelerate to 60 mph in a scant 6.8 seconds. Yet, it manages a decent 24 mpg overall.
The engine is smooth and energetic in normal driving, emitting a polished growl when pressed hard. Shifting is quick, smooth and direct, but the transmission can exhibit a slight delay from a rolling stop.