Modern compact SUVs have a lot of strengths. They’re easy to drive and fuel-efficient, yet they have far more cargo space than similarly sized sedans.
But while they’re known for “car-like” ride and handling, they don’t often drive like excellent cars. They’re often comfortable, sure. They’re even agile sometimes. But ordinary small crossovers lack the buttoned-down quiet composure of an outstanding sedan. And that’s where the 2021 Audi Q5 comes in. It promises that type of high-end experience without the cumbersome bulk and higher price of a bigger vehicle. But it’s just one of many compact luxury crossovers aiming for a similar combination of strengths. We spent a week in the updated 2021 Audi Q5, which starts at $43,300; and its SQ5 performance model, priced from $52,900, so we could share how it fits into that desirable market segment.