2021 Audi Q3 vs 2021 Audi Q5 - Audi Ann Arbor

If you've had your eye on a compact luxury SUV, it's only natural that the Audi Q3 and Q5 have caught your attention. Both stand above the competition with their eye-catching styling, dynamic performance capabilities, and groundbreaking tech features. However, choosing between these two models can prove to be difficult if you're torn between them. Fortunately, our team at Audi Ann Arbor has created this helpful comparison which places the Q3 and Q5 side-by-side to reveal their individual strengths and advantages. Let's take a closer look!

Q3 vs Q5 - Quick Comparison

Audi Q3
Audi Q5
2021 Audi Q3VS2021 Audi Q5
$34,000Starting MSRP$43,300
2.0L Turbo I-4Standard Engine2.0L Turbo I-4
8-speed automaticTransmission7-speed automatic
184 / 221 lb-ftHorsepower / Torque261 / 273 lb-ft
228 / 258 lb-ftOptional Horsepower / Torque362 / 369 lb-ft
22 / 30 / 25MPG (city/highway/combined)23 / 28 / 25
Regular UnleadedRecommended FuelPremium Unleaded
48 cubic feetMax Cargo Volume53.1 cubic feet
40 / 36.1 inchesFront / Rear Legroom41 / 37.8 inches
39.6 / 37.6 inchesFront / Rear Headroom41.7 / 39.3 inches

Audi Q5 Engine


Although they are each powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, there are several key differences between the powertrains of the Q3 and Q5. The Q3 offers two different variants of this engine, one producing 184 horsepower and another producing 221 horsepower paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Switching focus to the Q5, this SUV produces 261 horsepower in standard form paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission. An available 55 TFSI® e features mild-hybrid engineering to boost both power and efficiency under the hood of the Q5. Regardless of which model you choose, you'll enjoy the confidence that comes from standard quattro all-wheel drive. One other aspect to note is the different types of recommended fuel for the Q3 and Q5. Fuel economy numbers are quite similar between the two.

Audi Q5 Interior

Interior Space

Looking next at the interior dimensions of both of these Audi SUVs, we'll find some key differences between them. As you could probably imagine, the smaller Q3 offers slightly less room than its larger Q5 counterpart. However, its more compact footprint allows for greater maneuverability. Choosing the Q5 means that you'll enjoy greater headroom and legroom across both rows of seating along with an additional 5.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity compared to the Q3. Both models offer split-folding rear seatbacks, great for carrying a combination of gear and passengers along for the journey.

Audi Q3 Technology

Premium Features

No matter which model you choose, both of these dynamic Audi SUVs come equipped with a collection of cutting-edge tech features along with premium comfort amenities. Examples of features included as standard on both the Q3 and Q5 are a power panoramic sunroof, Audi pre-sense driver-assistive safety technologies, hands-free liftgate, and the innovative Audi MMI infotainment system. Other optional features offered on the Q3 and Q5 include the upgraded Bang & Olufsen sound system, a head-up display, a top-view camera system, Audi virtual cockpit, and ambient interior lighting. Whether you prefer the city-sized Q3 or the confident Q5, our team at Audi Ann Arbor is standing by to help you choose the trim level that's best suited to your preferences.