Two luxury SUVs with many similarities but some key differences-that's the situation with the 2021 Audi Q5 and 2021 Audi Q7, both of which have caught the interest of drivers across Grapevine, Dallas, and Irving, TX. Still, how will local shoppers choose the one that's right for them?

In our 2021 Audi Q5 vs. Q7 comparison, we at Audi Grapevine will give you a closer look at these luxury vehicles. With our help, you'll be able to decide which model is the perfect one for you and your needs.

Standard Performance Specifications

The 2021 Audi Q5 and the 2021 Audi Q7 have a lot in common under the hood when it comes to their standard equipment. They share a similar base engine: The 2021 Audi Q5 offers a standard 2.0L TFSI® S tronic® engine, which produces 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

On the other hand, the 2021 Audi Q7 has a standard 2.0L TFSI® Tiptronic® engine that produces 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

Either way, both engines deliver an equal amount of torque and plenty of power when you need it most.

Due to its smaller size, the base trim of the compact Q5 accelerates a bit faster than the base trim of the midsize Q7. Go from 0 to 60 MPH in the Q5 in just 5.7 seconds.

With this engine under the hood, either model can tow up to 4,400 pounds of trailer weight when the vehicle is properly equipped. Bring the family fishing boat, small camper, or a few water skis with you in style.

The Q5 and the Q7 also share a standard all-wheel drivetrain. Audi's staple quattro® all-wheel-drive system, though, isn't just any all-wheel drivetrain. The quattro® system constantly monitors the road beneath you and automatically adjusts itself to keep you cool, calm, and collected in any driving condition.

One additional feature that the Audi Q5 and the Q7 have in common is Audi drive select. This feature allows you to customize your drive by selecting a specific drive mode that caters to the needs of your current driving conditions. Modify your performance and maximize your abilities with drive modes like comfort, auto, and dynamic.

Differing Available Equipment

Both the 2021 Audi Q5 and the Q7 offer a second available engine. However, their available powertrains couldn't be more different. With the Audi Q7, you'll get an optional 3.0L TFSI® 6-cylinder engine that generates a whopping 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.

This kind of power gives you a 0 to 60 MPH acceleration time of 5.7 seconds. This time is the same as the Q5's acceleration time of 5.7 seconds. You'll also be able to tow up to 7,700 pounds of trailer weight when the Audi Q7 is properly equipped thanks to this power.

The Audi Q5, on the other hand, offers an optional plug-in hybrid option. This powertrain pairs the standard 2.0L engine with an electric motor that prioritizes both power output and fuel economy. Together, this duo pumps out a whopping 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque while offering enhanced fuel economy for your daily commutes.

2021 Audi Q5 vs Audi Q7: Dimensions

One of the key differences between the 2021 Audi Q5 and the 2021 Audi Q7 involves the size of their cabins. The Q5 is a compact SUV and has space for five people across two rows of seats, whereas the Q7 is a midsize SUV with space for seven passengers across three rows.

Depending on your family's size and the number of people you plan on bringing along for the ride, one of these SUVs may fit your needs a bit better than the other. However, both models offer spacious seating and plenty of cargo space with the following dimensions:


2021 Audi Q5

2021 Audi Q7

First- / Second-Row Headroom with Sunroof

38.1 inches /

37.7 inches

39.9 inches /

38.8 inches

First- / Second-Row


40.9 inches /

38 inches

41.7 inches /

38.8 inches

First- / Second-Row

Shoulder Room

57.7 inches /

56.5 inches

59.5 inches /

58.5 inches

The extra third row of seats in the Q7 offers sufficient wiggle room with 29.2 inches of legroom. If you still need to pack in five passengers, you can opt for just the third row of seats down, making room for plenty of cargo.

While the Q5 might be compact, it still offers plenty of cargo space inside the cabin. Behind the second row of seats, you'll get 25.8 cubic feet. Folding down the rear row will more than double your cargo efforts to 54 total cubic feet of cargo space inside the cabin.

High-End Audi Cabin Features

As luxury vehicles from the same highly sought-after brand, the 2021 Q5 and the 2021 Q7 share many of the same features inside the cabin. The first commonality between them is the available Audi virtual cockpit.

This high-resolution 12.3-inch instrument cluster lives behind the steering wheel and acts as an extension of the infotainment system. On it, you can follow Google Earth™-generated directions with lifelike visual clarity and 3D effects. You can also customize this cluster to provide you with information about the things you care about most.

Both models also offer a comprehensive infotainment system, though their forms differ between the models. In the Q5, you'll find a standard Audi smartphone interface and MMI® touch display system, and an available MMI® Navigation plus system. The Q7, on the other hand, sports a standard dual-screen MMI® Navigation plus system and MMI touch® response.

While they are different on their faces, both systems come with Bluetooth® hands-free capability, smartphone app integration, navigation, and the ability to connect with the available Bang & Olufsen® premium sound system with 3D sound.

The difference here is that the Q5's available system comes with 19 strategically placed speakers. The Q7's sound system comes with an impressive 17 speakers that will envelop you in all your favorite tunes, podcasts, and audiobooks.

Another feature that these models share is Audi connect®. This feature connects your vehicle to the outside world like never before. It provides real-time traffic and weather updates along your route and provides you with an in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot via Audi connect PLUS online services.

Additionally, Audi connect® CARE has your back at all times in case something goes wrong. This facet of the Audi connect® trio provides timely emergency services if you're involved in an accident or find yourself in a roadside situation.

Audi Advanced Safety Systems

SUVs are often used as family vehicles-and as such, safety is a very important part of which car you choose to buy or lease. Luckily, both the 2021 Audi Q5 and the 2021 Audi Q7 go above and beyond in terms of safety.

Both models are standardly equipped with the tire-pressure monitoring system, safety belt reminder for the driver and front passenger, and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) in the rear seats.

The Q5 and the Q7 also have quite a few active driver-assistance safety features in common.1 These advanced active safety features act as a second set of eyes on the road to reduce your likeliness of being involved in an accident. Some of the standard and available features you'll find in both models include the following:

  • Rear view camera: When you need to back up, the extra eyes of a rear view camera can be very helpful. It confirms what you're seeing with your own eyes to help avoid an accident.
  • Head-up display: This display lives on the dashboard right in front of the steering wheel and delivers important information directly to your line of sight, so you don't have to look too far away from the road.
  • Audi pre sense® basic: This system can prepare for a crash by charging the brakes, tightening the seatbelts, and closing the windows and sunroof. These precautions help reduce injury to passengers and damage to the vehicle.

With features like these, you can stay confident on the road and keep all your passengers safe, no matter where you're driving.

For enhanced visibility, both models also offer an available top view camera system. Using a series of external cameras, this system can stitch together a 360-degree view of your surroundings. Right on the infotainment screen, you can get a comprehensive view of what's around you so that you can park, reverse, and more with ease.

Both models also offer available Audi adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam assist. Take some of the pressure off of your drive by slipping into cruise control. However, unlike traditional cruise control, this system monitors the traffic around you and adjusts your speed automatically to keep you a safe distance from other vehicles.

Audi Q5 vs Audi Q7: Which Will You Choose?

As you can see from our 2021 Audi Q5 vs. Q7 comparison, these two luxury SUVs are well-matched in terms of safety. If it's more space you're looking for, the Q7 has its advantages. However, if you want a faster and more athletic base trim, then the Q5 performs well.

However, the only way to know for sure which model is the one for you is to take a test drive. Shoppers in Grapevine, Dallas, and Irving, Texas, can schedule their test drive today by giving us a call at Audi Grapevine!

1 Driver assistance features are not substitutes for attentive driving. Please see our Owner's Manual for further details and important limitations.

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