2021 Audi Q5 vs 2021 Audi Q3: which of these 2 SUVs is right for you?

By Audi Blainville
Published on 05/21/2021

If you’re shopping for an Audi SUV, there are several models to choose from, the most popular ones being the Q3 and Q5. But how do you know which one is right for you in terms of space, equipment and performance? Your Audi dealer of choice in Blainville, on the North Shore of Montreal and in the Laurentians, presents below a comparison of the 2021 Audi Q5 vs. the 2021 Audi Q3, to help you choose the one that best suits your lifestyle!

Models and Prices

The 2021 Audi Q3 is a subcompact Audi SUV whose first North American model-year was released in 2015 on the market. Recipient of numerous awards, including the title of 2021 Subcompact Luxury SUV of the year by the Car Guide, the Q3 is available in 5 trim levels (MRSP):

  • Komfort 40 TFSI: $37,250
  • Komfort 45 TFSI: $39,250
  • Progressiv 40 TFSI: $40,250
  • Progressiv 45 TFSI: $42,750
  • Technik 45 TFSI: $46,350
Front view of a parked 2021 Audi Q3

As for the 2021 Q5, its first model-year arrived a little earlier on the market (in 2008 as a 2009 model-year); it’s the automaker’s best-selling model in Canada and it has also won many awards, including the title of the 2021 Compact Luxury SUV of the year from the Car Guide.

Different trim levels are available:

  • Komfort: $46,550
  • Progressiv: $53,150
  • Technik: $56,900
Seen from the front, the 2021 Audi Q5

Moreover, the Q5 family can also count on the Q5 Sportback, the Q5 TFSI e, which is a plug-in hybrid version, as well as the very sporty SQ5.

Comparison of exterior designs

These two Audi SUVs share many similarities, although the Q5 is bigger than the Q3. Regardless of the model, you will get the iconic hexagonal grille with the four Audi rings, strong and refined lines as well as wheels of 17-20 inches for the Q3, and 18-20 inches for the Q5. So whichever model you choose, you will definitely look terrific on the road!

The 2021 Q3 also offers exclusively designed headlights and taillights as well as dynamic turn signals, a feature you will also find on the 2021 Audi Q5. So when it comes to exterior styling, it all depends on what you’re looking for! For a more compact and slender design, perfect for driving around town, opt for the 2021 Q3. For a more imposing look, the 2021 Q5 will be your best choice!

three quarter front view of the parked 2021 Audi Q5

Technical Specifications

By opting for the Q3, you will get to choose between two powertrains: a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine developing 184 horsepower for the 40 TFSI models, or the same engine but with 228 horsepower if you opt for the 45 TFSI variants of the Komfort and Progressiv trim levels, or the Technik version. But no matter which variant you choose, you’ll get an 8-speed tiptronic automatic transmission as well as the legendary quattro all-wheel drive system.

two 2021 Audi Q3 models, one seen from the back (left) and the other seen in a three quarter front view (right)
three quarter front view of the 2021 Audi Q5 parked close to a building

In the case of the Q5, whatever variant you choose, you will get a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine combined with a 12-volt mild hybrid system. This powertrain develops a total output of 261 horsepower. It is equipped with a 7-speed dual-clutch S tronic automatic transmission and, like the Q3, with the quattro all-wheel drive system, for safe driving in all conditions. Finally, while the Audi Q3 can tow up to 1,800 pounds, the Q5’s towing capacity goes up to 4,400 pounds.

So, in both cases, you’ll have plenty of engine performance that you can use even in the middle of winter with the standard all-wheel drive technology featured on both models. However, the 2021 Q5 has more power and a higher towing capacity. So if you want maximum performance, this is the one to choose.

The 2021 Q3, on the other hand, offers more choice powertrain wise, with very impressive outputs for its class. If you don’t need to haul heavy objects and if the horsepower figures listed above are enough for you, the Q3 is the one to consider.

Room capacity and size: Q5 vs Q3

Spacious and inviting, the interior of the 2021 Q5 offers generous headroom and legroom. Moreover, it has plenty of room for luggage with over 730 litres of cargo space behind the rear seats.

The slightly more compact Q3 offers 671 litres of space behind the rear seats, as well as good legroom and headroom. In terms of dimensions, the Q5 has a length of 4,663 mm (Q3: 4,484 mm), a width of 2,140 mm (Q3: 1,854 mm) as well as a distance between the two axles of 2,819 mm (Q3: 2,680 mm).

This means that the Q5 will be more at home on the road than in the city, especially with the power offered by its engine. However, the Q5 has still a very manageable size for city driving. Naturally, the smaller Q3, with its shorter wheelbase, will be more at ease in urban areas with heavy traffic. But what the Q3 gains in manoeuvrability, it loses it in cargo space and road stability to the larger-sized Q5 and its greater wheelbase.

So, if you’re mainly a city driver and don’t need a lot of usable space interior-wise, the Q3 is your best bet. If you drive as much in the city as you do highway driving, drive mainly on expressways, have a family or need a large cargo space for work, go for the Q5.

interior view of the front row seats and dashboard of the 2021 Audi Q5

Comparison of interior designs and equipment

Again, there are many similarities in the design of the interiors. Indeed, both the Q5’s and the Q3’s cockpits deliver an outstanding level of elegance and refinement!

Thus, several technologies take place aboard the Q3 depending on the options you choose, such as wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster or an available 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit, the MMI touch response system with handwriting-recognition technology and even more. In terms of safety, the Audi pre sense front system, Audi Park Assist and Audi adaptive cruise control can also be found among the technologies from the Q3’s cabin.

interior view of the central dashboard and steering wheel inside the 2021 Audi Q3

On the Q5 side, there’s wireless Apple CarPlay, Audi‘s 12.3-inch virtual cockpit, a 10.1-inch touch display, navigation as well as a long list of safety features such as Audi pre sense city, Audi side assist with Audi pre sense rear, and Audi exit warning.

So, with similar interior features and innovations in many respects, both the 2021 Q3 and the 2021 Q5 will offer you all the comfort and luxury you could wish for to face your daily life with peace of mind!

view of the front row seats, seen from the front passenger car door, with the central console of the 2021 Audi Q5

Conclusion: the Q3 for getting around town, and the Q5 for volume and highway driving!

In short, if you’re looking for a subcompact SUV that’s very at ease in the city and can venture out onto the highway, the Audi Q3 is the one that will best suit your needs.

But if you need more room inside, if you want maximum performance – something you can especially get with the SQ5 series – or if your daily commute is as much in the city as it is on the highway, or mainly on the highway, the Q5 is a better option.

To find out more about our Audi Q3 vs Q5 comparison or about the distinctive features of each of these models, come see us at Audi Blainville as soon as today!

close up three quarter front view of the grille, right headlight and wheel of the 2021 Audi Q3

Q3 Specifications

  Komfort 40 TFSI Progressiv 40 TFSI Komfort 45 TFSI Progressiv 45 TFSI Technik 45 TFSI
Price (starting from) $37,250 $40,250 $39,250 $42,750 $46,350
Engine / Power / Torque Turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder / 184 hp / 221 lb-ft Turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder / 228 hp / 258 lb-ft
Transmission / Drive 8-speed automatic / AWD (quattro)
Available Wheel Sizes



Cargo Volume 672 litres
Towing Capacity Up to 1,800 lb

Q5 Specifications

  Komfort Progressiv Technik
Price (starting from) $46,550 $53,150 $56,900
Engine / Power / Torque Turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder + 12V mild hybrid system / 261 hp / 273 lb-ft
Transmission / Drive 7-speed dual-clutch automatic / AWD (quattro)
Available Wheel Sizes 18”-19” 19”-20”
Cargo Volume 730 litres
Towing Capacity Up to 4,400 lb

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