Changes to 2021 Audi Models Highlight More Tech, Extra Equipment

Christian Wardlaw | May 06, 2020

Audi of America has announced changes for the 2021 model year, and aside from an Audi A3 redesign and Audi Q5 refresh, they’re largely focused on adding standard equipment and improving access to technology.

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2021 Audi A3 Changes

A redesigned Audi A3 is expected for the 2021 model year, but the coronavirus pandemic could have Audi change the timing and push the new car to the 2022 model year. Learn more about the all-new Audi A3 sedan.

2021 Audi A4/S4 Changes

The standard turbocharged 4-cylinder engine gets 12-volt mild-hybrid technology and a power bump of 13 horsepower. Front-drive versions are dropped, making Quattro all-wheel drive standard. Every 2021 A4 includes standard wireless Apple CarPlay, lane departure warning, and an integrated toll module. Premium Plus and Prestige trim packages add standard equipment for 2021. Read our Audi S4 review.

2021 Audi A5/S5 Changes

Audi A5/S5 changes mirror those of the A4/S4, and a new A5 40 TFSI Sportback model arrives with a de-tuned turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and a lower price tag. Get an A5 Coupe with the Black Optic package, and a black-painted roof is a new option.

2021 Audi A6/S6 Changes

Standard equipment for the A6 includes 19-inch wheels, keyless entry and engine starting, and an integrated toll module. The 2021 Audi S6 gains standard 21-inch wheels, an enhanced version of the company’s digital instrumentation, and improved interior materials. Trim and option packages gain standard equipment, and the A6 Allroad is now offered with a Black Optic package. An RS 6 Avant also arrives for 2021, a high-powered and high-priced performance wagon. Read our Audi A6 review.

2021 Audi A7/S7 Changes

Changes to the new A7/S7 lineup largely mirror those for the A6/S6 models. For 2021, 20-inch wheels are standard on the A7 Premium, and a new 21-inch Sport package adds 21-inch wheels and an adaptive suspension to the A7 Prestige. An RS 7 also arrives for 2021, injecting plenty of performance into the lineup. Read our Audi A7 review.

2021 Audi A8/S8 Changes

Standard equipment improves for 2021, adding wireless smartphone charging, 22-way power adjustable front seats with ventilation, and a surround-view camera with virtual 3D viewing capability. The Audi S8 now includes heated front armrests and 21-inch wheels with summer tires. A new Executive Plus package equips the car with a Driver Assistance package, a Cold Weather package, heated rear seats and interior surfaces, and a rear-seat remote control system.

2021 Audi E-tron Sportback Changes

Audi just introduced the 2020 Audi E-tron Sportback, so it will be months before any changes are announced for a 2021 version. Learn more about the all-new Audi E-tron Sportback.

2021 Audi E-tron SUV Changes

As this is published, the 2019 Audi E-tron SUV remains on sale. It is unclear whether Audi will offer a 2020 model to accompany the E-tron Sportback. Changes to a 2021 Audi E-tron SUV would come after all existing stock is sold.

2021 Audi Q3 Changes

Standard equipment includes S-line exterior styling, paddle shifters on the steering wheel, progressive steering assist, power adjustable front seats, and lane departure warning. New options include the Parking Assistance package (semi-automated steering assist and a surround-view camera) and the Black Optic Sport package (sport seats, matte-Titanium finished 19-inch wheels, black trim). Additionally, existing trim and option packages are enhanced for 2021.

2021 Audi Q5/SQ5 Changes

A mid-cycle freshening is due for the 2021 Audi Q5 and SQ5. Expect styling changes in line with the Q3, Q7, and Q8, as well as a major interior upgrade with touchscreen controls and displays as well as next-generation infotainment system technology. Expect similar trim and option package upgrades as found on other 2021 Audi models.

2021 Audi Q7/SQ7 Changes

Audi now equips the Q7 with standard blind spot warning and both front and rear collision preparation technologies. Selected trim and option packages gain new equipment, and a new Executive package debuts for Premium Plus versions including the Driver Assistance, Cold Weather, and Warm Weather packages. Read our Audi Q7 review.

2021 Audi Q8/SQ8 Changes

Standard equipment now includes rear collision preparation and a blind spot warning system, and the Premium trim’s Convenience package gains more equipment. A new Executive package for the Premium Plus trim includes more leather for the interior, heated rear seats, Adaptive Cruise Assist with lane keeping assistance, heated rear seats, and HD-Matrix LED headlights. A new RS Q8 also debuts for 2021, bringing with it plenty of power, performance, and visual attitude. Read our Audi Q8 review.

2021 Audi R8 Changes

Audi has not announced changes for the 2021 R8 sports car. The R8’s future is unclear, with industry rumors suggesting it will go hybrid with a 2022 redesign.

2021 Audi TT Changes

In what could be its final year, the 2021 Audi TT gains plenty of standard equipment including sport seats, premium Nappa leather upholstery, a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, wireless smartphone charging, navigation, and Audi Connect services. Convertibles also come with neck heaters for 2021, while the TTS Black Optic package adds red brake calipers.

Most of the information contained in this article came from Audi. It was accurate as of May 6, 2020. It may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with an automaker or your local dealership.

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