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Audi describes the 2021 Q5 as “the SUV that other SUVs wish they could be.” The more you learn about this stunning vehicle, you start to realize that Audi are right on the money, as usual. The stunning new Q5 brings comfort, style and dynamic driving, but also that sense of utility that every sensible Nova Scotian should have when choosing a new car. Let’s look at all the features that make this years Q5 the perfect choice for those in the market for a new family or executive SUV.
 
With a starting price of just $46,550, it’s also a surprisingly affordable SUV in the luxury bracket.
 
An Exterior with Presence
 
This Q5 isn’t Audi’s first time at the SUV rodeo. Building on the strong foundation that their wildly successful Q series of SUV vehicles has already laid down, the Q5 comes with superlative features. It is a wonderful balance of handsome, elegant and sophisticated good looks with a raw, rugged power that you’d always want from an SUV.
 
Besides those bold and irresistible lines, you get LED headlights as standard, as well as S line exterior styling on the Progressive and Technik models. S line styling means that you get S line front and rear bumpers, a rear spoiler and side sills that look just that bit sportier. When you want presence, the Q5 brings it in spades.
 
There are more than 10 different exterior colours and 4 different interior colours so you have many ways to help your Q5 reflect your own taste. You can further customize it with OEM alloy wheels up to 20 inches in size.
 
Performance that Impresses
 
In 2021, Audi is offering Nova Scotians a very interesting proposition, an Audi Q5 powered by a 16-valve 2.0L inline-4 direct injection turbocharged engine outputting 261hp and 273lb-ft of torque, but also with a 12V mild hybrid system. The mild hybrid electric motor helps rest the engine when you are coasting, braking or when you’ve come to a stop. This helps this Audi Q5 achieve fuel efficiency as strong as 8.2L/100km.
 
Powered by these efficient high-performance engines, the new Q5 can race from 0 to 100km/h in just 6.1 seconds. However, we know that brute power is not enough, which is why Audi also have gifted the Q5 with a fantastic 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission, which is now as efficient as a manual transmission but also the silky-smooth automatic shifter that gives the Nova Scotian driver the convenience they crave.
 
Finally, the Q5 comes with Audi’s legendary quattro AWD system, and now with their additional ultra® technology for greater efficiency. The ultra technology is able to anticipate when your Q5 will be best served by FWD and when by AWD modes, and can switch seamlessly between them to maximize traction and control. That’ll come in handy when the weather in Nova Scotia turns nasty. 
 
Comfortable and Stylish Interiors
 
Choose from one of the four interior colours that we mentioned previously to make the chic and stylish 2021 Audi Q5 interior better reflect who you are. Besides just colour, you can also pick out the style of inlay --- wood (3 types), brushed aluminum or piano black --- to really show some flare and prestige.
 
Regardless of who gets in and what colour it is, however, Audi has loaded the interior with everything you need for a great drive ahead. First of all, you get standard heated front sport seats, with the option of ventilated seats too if the summer months threaten to make things a little uncomfortable. Better yet, in the winter, you can even take advantage of optional heated rear seats --- everyone is happy!
 
Though more compact than its larger Q7 cousin, the Q5 still has one of the longest wheelbases in its class, which means that the Q5 is afforded lots of interior space. The trunk alone with the rear sits up can hold an impressive 520 litres, which you can augment to a massive 1,520 litres when you fold the rear seats down.
 
The Full Technology Package
 
The first thing any Nova Scotian driver will notice and love is the all-digital Audi Virtual Cockpit. Forget having your navigation info on the infotainment touchscreen, the Q5 can show it to you right there behind your steering wheel. The digital instrument cluster is made up of a fantastic 12.3” high-res display with 3 different graphical layouts.
 
The centre stack has a 10.1” infotainment touchscreen offering acoustic feedback with every command you make. It’s an intuitive system to which you can easily connect your phone with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. When you’re putting that playlist on during your next drive to enjoy the sights and sounds of the province, why not play it through the 755-watt premium Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system.
 
Put all this together with Audi pre sense ADAS package and you have not only the most comfortable and fully loaded Q5 ever built, but also one of the safest with its collision mitigation, various driver warnings and assistance programs. Visit Audi Halifax in Nova Scotia to make this your next family car. The Q5 awaits! 
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