Like other luxury brands, Volkswagen-owned Audi is increasingly reliant for sales on its lineup of SUVs, from a small starter crossover to sporty and fast six-figure rides. They generated two-thirds of its sales in 2020. Regardless of price or size, Audi’s SUVs share a strong family DNA, starting with a striking resemblance in their conservative exterior designs. They also have in common good-looking, premium interiors that set them apart not only from mainstream competition, but also from some premium rivals.
Other Audi markers include sophisticated tech, even on base models, and a relatively smaller footprint for their respective size classes, which appeals to many buyers. But you won’t mistake, for example, the smallish third row in Audi’s Q7 family hauler for the third row in the latest Mercedes-Benz GLS, much less the capacious wayback in a VW Atlas. And Audi SUVs feature a competent driving experience with good handling and Audi’s respected Quattro all-wheel-drive system as standard. In general, Audi offers well-rounded premium SUVs that may not sport a lot of “gee-whiz” aspects but also don’t disappoint in any significant way.
Audi also has committed to a transition to electric SUVs, with its Q5-sized E-Tron compact SUV on sale now, and smaller and cheaper Q4 e-tron electric SUV coming later in 2021 as a 2022 model. It also offers a plug-in hybrid version of the Q5.
2021 Audi SUV Starting Prices (Least to Most Expensive; Includes Destination)
- Q3: $35,095 to $40,395
- Q5: $44,395 to $66,390
- Q7: $56,640 to $92,890
- Q8: $69,890 to $115,595
- E-Tron: $66,995 to $83,395