The Audi has just unveiled its next-generation plug-in hybrids with the Audi Q5 55 TFSI e PHEV spearheading the new line up. The Q5 PHEV offers the efficiency and environmental benefits of an electrified vehicle without the anxiety of relying solely on a charging point.
Up front rests a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder TFSI with 252 hp and 370 Nm combined with an electric motor with a peak output of 105 kW (143 hp) and 350 Nm. This gives the Q5 55 TFSI e a system rated output of 367 hp and 500 Nm the latter peaking at 1,250 rpm.
With the 7-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 5.3 seconds – only 0.3 seconds off the 700 Nm SQ5 – while top speed is registered at 238 km/h.
The 14.1 kWh lithium ion battery pack is located under the luggage compartment and takes 6 hours to be fully charged when plugged into a 220V household outlet. On a full charge, the Q5 PHEV cover over 41 km on pure electric at a top speed of 135 km/h – which is sufficient for the average daily commute.
Besides the slightly compromised boot space, the additional charging port on the rear three-quarter panel, hybrid-specific MMI displays and subtle TFSI e badging, the Q5 PHEV gets the identical kit as a standard S-Line model.
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e PHEV in Turbo Blue