When drivers in Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly, MA, are looking for a luxury SUV, one brand that may come to mind is Audi. This German-engineered brand is known for its luxurious amenities that are sure to heighten your commute. From powerful performance capabilities to a premium interior, Audi has it all.

Two popular models in the lineup are the 2021 Audi Q3 and the 2021 Audi Q5. To decide which model is better for you requires learning more about them.

That's why our team at Audi Peabody has created this Audi Q3 vs. Q5 comparison. We'll give you a detailed look at the similarities and differences between these two vehicles so you can decide which one better satisfies your driving needs. Let's get started!

Audi Q3 vs Audi Q5: Performance Specs

When shopping for an Audi SUV, looking to their performance capabilities is a great place to start. You'll want to make sure the model you're considering offers the performance you'll need to enjoy the commute as well as the efficiency to help you get from Point A to Point B without making frequent stops at the pump.

Engine Specs

Will the Audi A3 or the Audi Q5 provide the power you desire out of your commute? Let's find out!





2.0L turbo

2.0L turbo


184 HP

261 HP


221 lb-ft

273 lb-ft

Acceleration (0-60 MPH)

8.6 seconds

5.7 seconds

Both the Audi Q3 and the Q5 come equipped with powerful engines that can even make trips to the grocery store fun. Couple this power with the standard quattro® all-wheel drive capabilities found in both models and you can drive the Q3 or the Q5 on any terrain while still maintaining proper traction.

While both models are great in terms of engine specs, drivers looking for more oomph may find the Q5 the better option.

Audi Drive Select System

Customize the feel of your commute with the Audi drive select system, which is standard on both models. This system lets you choose from several pre-set drive modes. Depending on which mode you select, your vehicle will make adjustments to throttle and steering to mimic the preferred feel of your SUV.

Audi Q3 Drive Modes:

  • offroad
  • efficiency
  • comfort
  • auto
  • dynamic

With the Q3, you can enhance your vehicle's fuel economy by selecting efficiency mode, conquer rough terrain with offroad mode, or enjoy a smooth commute in comfort mode.

Audi Q5 Drive Modes:

  • comfort
  • auto
  • dynamic
  • individual

The Audi Q5 lets you travel with optimized performance when dynamic mode is selected or you can make your own drive mode with individual mode.

While both the Q3 and the Q5 come standard with these drive modes, our vote is for the Q3 because of its extra drive modes and ability to fine-tune both off-roading traction and fuel efficiency.

Fuel Efficiency

Speaking of fuel efficiency, making frequent stops at the gas station only serves to interrupt the memory making when it comes to road trips. Having an SUV that offers high fuel efficiency is essential, so is the Q3 or the Q5 the better option? Let's find out!




EPA-estimated MPG

22 city/30 highway MPG*

23 city/28 highway MPG*

In terms of standard efficiency, either the Q3 or the Q5 is a great choice thanks to their high MPG ratings. However, if you want the best efficiency possible while reducing your environmental impact, the Q5 may be the better option. This model is offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that lets you charge your SUV and travel for an EPA-estimated 19-mile all-electric range.

Audi Q3 vs Audi Q5: Entertainment Features

Chances are, you've seen an increase in your travel needs over the years. Perhaps you have a longer commute to and from work or you like to meet up with friends at your go-to spot outside town on the weekends. No matter what the reason for your increased travel, something that hasn't changed is the desire with all your favorite entertainment.

With both the 2021 Audi Q3 and the Q5, you can stay connected and entertained on all your commutes thanks to these features that are offered with both models:

  • Audi smartphone interface with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capabilities
  • Available Audi connect® PRIME and Audi connect® PLUS
  • 3-month trial subscription to SiriusXM®
  • Optional Bang & Olufsen® 3D Premium Surround Sound System

Additionally, each vehicle offers an MMI® navigation plus system, which uses the intuitive Audi connect® to integrate sought-after information like Google Maps™, traffic, weather, news, and more. Plus, with an available Wi-Fi hotspot, all passengers can stay connected to the internet, no matter where you travel.

These features work together to make listening to your songs, podcasts, and other compatible digital features easier than ever.

These two models also offer the optional Audi MMI® touch response system that allows you to use your touchscreen display as a notepad. Simply write what you're looking for and the navigation system will read your handwriting and provide directions to your POI (point of interest).

2021 Audi Q3 vs 2021 Audi Q5: Safety Technology

Entertainment isn't all the Q3 and the Q5 have to offer in terms of tech, though. These SUVs also come equipped with advanced safety and driver-assisting features that can help keep you and your passengers safe and provide peace of mind when you're behind the wheel.  

Both models are outfitted with a series of cameras and sensors that actively monitor a range around your SUV. If a potential hazard-like another vehicle or a pedestrian-is detected, you'll receive an alert. If there's no reaction to the alert, some features may provide automatic intervention in an attempt to prevent a collision.

Standard features offered with both models include:

  • Audi pre-sense® front: Monitors a range ahead of your SUV and alerts you if a frontal collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian is detected. Under certain conditions-like when traveling at speeds up to 52 MPH-it can apply automatic emergency braking if there's no reaction to the alert.
  • Audi pre-sense® basic: Steps in when an unavoidable collision is detected by automatically closing all windows, pretensioning the seat belts, and enabling hazard lights. If a collision doesn't occur, the system deactivates and lets you travel as normal.
  • Lane departure warning: Helps keep your Audi centered within your marked lane by alerting you when the system detects unintentional drifting.

On top of these standard features, you can equip your Audi model with extra safety features-like the top view camera, Audi adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam assist, and Park assist-to provide 360 degrees of protection.

Thanks to the variety of standard and optional safety features found on both models, you can feel equally confident behind the wheel of either the 2021 Audi Q3 or the A5.

Audi Q3 vs Audi Q5: Which Will You Choose?

Choosing between the Audi Q3 vs. Q5 can be difficult. Both SUVs have impressive features to make your drives around Peabody, Danvers, or Beverly, Massachusetts, more enjoyable. To know for sure which one is better for you, you'll need to check them out for yourself.

Contact our team to learn more about the 2021 Audi Q3 and the Audi Q5, or schedule a test drive at Audi Peabody today!

* EPA estimates. Your mileage and emissions will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle conditions. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details.

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