The New Audi Q5 55 TFSI E Plug-In Hybrid SUV

The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro is the first of the new plug-in models from Audi. The drive concept comprises a combustion engine and an electric motor with intelligent controller, enabling it to cover most everyday driving distances electrically.

Available to order in the UK from the beginning of June, with first deliveries scheduled during quarter four of this year, the Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro will be priced at around £55,000 OTR. In Germany, the plug-in hybrid SUV will start from 60,450 euros.

Quattro permanent all-wheel drive with ultra technology

The Q5 55 TFSI e marks the first time that the efficiency-optimised all-wheel drive with ultra technology is used in combination with an electric motor. The all-wheel drive system’s intelligent control works predictively, always looking ahead by means of sensors and the continuous analysis of the data collected on driving dynamics and driver behaviour. The quattro all-wheel drive system is thus always ready when needed.

Driver modes and the updated predictive efficiency assistant

Particularly quiet and with zero local emissions in the city, with high range on long-distance trips or appropriately dynamic when required: the Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro intelligently manages a number of versatile drive modes. The concept is designed so that customers can do the lion’s share of their daily driving electrically.

Depending on the situation, the system chooses predictively between freewheeling with the engine switched off and coasting recuperation, i.e. the recovery of kinetic energy and its conversion into electrical energy.

The driver is free to choose whether and how to intervene in the interplay between engine and motor. There are three driving modes from which to choose.

Hybrid mode is activated automatically together with route guidance in the navigation system. It can also be activated manually using the Mode button. In this 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. A maximum of 80 kW of electrical energy are generated via braking recuperation at a deceleration of up to 0.2 g. The disc brakes are used for more power deceleration.

Individual: equipment and design

The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e combines with generous list of standard equipment. LED headlights with High Beam Assist, 20-inch contrasting grey alloy wheels, fully electric adjustable sport seats with massage function, three-zone automatic climate control and a Technology Pack incorporating virtual cockpit, MMI Navigation High and PHEV-specific displays and are all fitted as standard and form part of the S line Competition specification.

Charge management in comfort: the myAudi app

The myAudi app allows customers to use the services from the Audi connect portfolio on their smartphones, which is particularly practical with electrified models. The app can be used to check the battery and range status, start the charging process, program the charge timer and view the charge and consumption statistics. Furthermore, the route planners in both the app and the MMI navigation in the car show charging stations.