Audi Q5 e quattro - Audi's latest plug-in hybrid

The newest plug-in model has been revealed as the Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro, combining the economic and environmental benefits of electric driving with the efficiency of quattro with ultra-technology. This new model will be open to order at the beginning of June.

In electric mode, the hybrid Q5 has a range of over 26 miles which means it can cover most everyday distances without the backup of its petrol engine. A 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder petrol engine produces 252PS and 370Nm with an electric that has a peak output of 105 kW and peak torque of 350Nm. The motor and separating clutch are integrated into the seven-speed S tronic which uses ultra technology to transfer the drive torque to the quattro drivetrain.

Overall, the hybrid SUV boasts a system output of 367PS and 500Nm torque just above idle allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 5.3 seconds to a top speed of 148mph.

quattro permanent all-wheel drive with ultra-technology

The Audi Q5 TFSI e is the first vehicle to use all-wheel drive with ultra-technology in combination with an electric motor. The quattro system uses sensors to keep an eye on the road, continuously analysing data on driving dynamics and behaviour to ensure it is always ready when needed. 

At low loads and a sufficient coefficient of friction between the tyres and the road surface, the transmission of power to the rear wheels is deactivated and the drivetrain works with high-efficiency as a front-wheel drive system. All-wheel drive only activates when it is needed but is available at all times. Activation of the system follows a three-stage "proactive, predictive and reactive" strategy. By connecting quattro drive and  Audi drive select, you can adjust the character of the engine as well as the all-wheel-drive properties to suit your needs.

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Driver modes and predictive efficiency assistance

The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro intelligently manages a range of drive modes, from quiet with zero emissions in the city to high range on long-distance trips or appropriately dynamic when required. The concept is designed so that you can do most of your daily driving electrically.

The predictive efficiency assistant (PEA) adjusts coasting recuperation behaviour to the driving situation by using predictive route data from the navigation database and monitoring the distance to the vehicle ahead using signals from the camera and radar. The system then chooses predictively between freewheeling with the engine switched off and coasting recuperation.

When adaptive cruise control is active, the PEA can automatically brake and accelerate to enhance efficiency and comfort. If you choose to drive without cruise control, a haptic signal from the active accelerator pedal and a visual symbol in the cockpit and optional head-up display show you the proper time to let off the accelerator to use as much kinetic energy as possible. These symbols will also tell you the reason for the reduction in speed such as speed limits, town signs, corners and downhill slopes, traffic circles, intersections, motorway exits and traffic ahead.

You are free to choose how to intervene in the interplay between the motor and engine. The three driving modes you can choose from are Hybrid mode, EV and battery hold.

Hybrid mode is activated automatically together with route guidance and navigation systems. It can also be activated manually using the 'mode' button. In Hybrid mode, the battery charge is optimally distributed over the route to reduce fuel consumption, with primarily electric driving in urban areas and stop-and-go traffic. The system chooses between freewheeling with the engine switched off and coasting recuperation. If route guidance is activated in the MMI navigation system, the predictive operating strategy tries to drive the last urban segment of the route all-electrically and arrive at the destination with the drive battery nearly empty.

As well as Hybrid mode, you can also choose between EV and Battery Hold modes. In EV mode the car is driven exclusively electrically as long as the driver does not depress the accelerator past a variable, perceptible pressure point and is the base setting when the vehicle is started. In Battery Hold mode the battery capacity is held at the current level.

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Equipment and design

The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e has a generous list of standard equipment. On the outside, you'll find LED headlights with high beam assist and 20-inch contrasting grey alloy wheels along with S line bumpers front and rear, a diffuser with a double clasp at the rear and a unique design in the Singleframe grille with various elements in dark chrome.

Inside you'll find fully electric adjustable sport seats with massage function, three-zone climate control and technology pack which includes virtual cockpit, MMI navigation and PHEV-specific displays. All of this is fitted as standard and form part of the S line competition specification.

Charging

The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro comes with the compact charging system, which has cables for household and industrial outlets plus a control unit, plus a Mode 3 cable with Type 2 plug for use at public charging stations. The system also features an LED status display and safety functions like temperature and residual current monitoring.

Audi also offers an optional charging clip, a lockable wall mounted holder for the charging system. The integrated charger charges the lithium-ion battery with a maximum power of 7.4 kW. Even at a 220 V household outlet, an empty battery can be fully and conveniently recharged in roughly six hours (this may vary due to the UK's 230 V supply).

Using the myAudi app, you'll have access to services on your smartphone such as the ability to check the battery and range status, start the charging process, program the charge timer and view the charge and consumption statistics.

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