The 2021 Audi Q5 offers three unique trim levels to choose from, starting with the Premium trim level. Next up after Premium is the Premium Plus trim. Both trim levels offer a wide variety of top-of-the-line features, many of which they have in common.

However, there are several key differences between the two that may make one trim level a better choice for your personal needs. To help you choose the one that's right for you, we at Audi Grapevine have put together this detailed comparison.

Below, you'll see how these two Audi Q5 trim levels stack up against each other when it comes to performance, exterior design, interior dimensions, advanced technology features, and more. Shoppers in the areas of Grapevine, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Irving, Texas, should read ahead to learn more!

Audi Q5 Premium vs Audi Q5 Premium Plus: Overview

As two trim levels of the same model, the 2021 Audi Q5 Premium and the 2021 Audi Q5 Premium Plus have quite a bit in common. Let's get started by taking a look at an overview of what both trims have to offer:


Audi Q5 Premium

Audi Q5 Premium Plus


261-HP 2.0L engine

261-HP 2.0L engine

Front/Rear Legroom

40.9 inches / 38 inches

40.9 inches / 38 inches

Heated Front Seats



Cargo Space

Up to 54 cubic feet

Up to 53.5 cubic feet

Premium vs Premium Plus: Performance Specs

The Audi Q5 Premium and Premium Plus trims are nearly identical under the hood. Both are powered by a 2.0L turbocharged TFSI® direct-injection engine that generates an impressive 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

With this kind of power and pep, you'll get to enjoy an acceleration speed of zero to 60 MPH in just 5.7 seconds. This much power also enables both the Premium and the Premiums Plus trims to be able to tow up to 4,400 pounds of trailer weight when properly equipped.

Both models are also equipped with a 7-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission, which is designed to maximize efficiency.

Also working with this engine is a standard quattro® all-wheel drive (AWD) system with ultra® technology. This intuitive drivetrain monitors your driving conditions and automatically adjusts its torque distribution in order to maximize your grip on the road.

Premium vs Premium Plus: Exterior Design

Both models are also virtually the same to the naked eye with all-season tires, LED taillights, and heat-insulated side and rear windows. You'll also be able to count on power-adjustable heated side mirrors in the Premium trim, which are perfect to use for defrosting during the winter months. 

The main difference between the exteriors of the Audi Q5 Premium and the Premium Plus trims is the wheels. In the Premium trim, you'll have 18-inch wheels with a 5-arm-star design. The Premium Plus trim amps it up a little with 19-inch wheels sporting a 5-double-arm design and a bi-color finish.

Premium vs Premium Plus: Interior Features

The 2021 Audi Q5 Premium and Premium Plus trims are almost identical when it comes to the dimensions of the interior. Both trim levels offer more than enough wiggle room for up to five passengers, as you'll see by the interior dimensions below. However, the Audi Premium Plus trim comes standard with a panoramic sunroof, which alters the first-row headroom slightly.


Front Row of Seats

Second Row of Seats

Headroom with Sunroof

38.1 inches

37.7 inches

Headroom without Sunroof

39.6 inches

39.3 inches


40.9 inches

38 inches

Shoulder Room

57.7 inches

56.5 inches

On top of all this space you'll get for you and all of your passengers inside these trim levels, you'll also get plenty of cargo space. Both trims offer at least 25 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row of seats and more than 53 total cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded.

The similarities of the interiors of these trims don't stop there, though. Both offer sliding 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, powered driver lumbar control, leather seating surfaces, and a 3-zone automatic climate control system.

However, as the higher trim level, the Premium Plus trim does offer a few extra features, including the Audi virtual cockpit plus, putting a 12.3-inch instrument display in your cabin.

Premium vs Premium Plus: Advanced Technology

On top of all the comfort and space you'll have inside the Audi Q5 Premium and the Audi Q5 Premium Plus trims, you'll also have a handful of top-of-the-line technology features. Inside the Premium trim, you'll find a 7-inch color driver information display and an Audi smartphone interface.

You'll be able to multitask with turn-by-turn navigation while you stay in the loop with your favorite smartphone apps via Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

Things begin to differ a bit between the Premium and the Premium Plus trims when it comes to active safety. The Premium Plus trim offers a few extra safety features, including Audi active lane assist and adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam assist.

The latter feature helps while on longer drives, assisting you with gentle acceleration and braking to keep you a safe distance from others on the road. It also assists in keeping your Q5 in your lane at higher speeds on the open road and during traffic jams.

These features come on top of the safety feature it shares with the Premium trim: Audi pre sense® city. This system will notify you of stationary vehicles and pedestrians even up to speeds of 52 MPH to help warn you of possible collisions. It can also apply the brakes to stop your vehicle at speeds less than 25 MPH.

2021 Audi Q5 Premium vs 2021 Audi Q5 Premium Plus: Which One?

No matter which trim level of the Audi Q5 you pick to take home with you, be it the Premium or the Premium Plus, you'll be behind the wheel of one incredible vehicle. Come see for yourself which of its trim levels is the perfect fit for you at Audi Grapevine. Shoppers in Grapevine, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Irving, TX, can schedule a test drive today by giving us a call at the dealership!

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