Audi Q5 55 TFSI e PHEV Review

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The Q5 55 TFSI e hybrid is as polished as you'd expect from an Audi, but the electric range isn't as impressive as rivals.

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7/10

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  • Battery size: 14.1 kWh
  • Company car tax: 13%
  • Emissions: 49 g/km
  • Range: 26 miles (electric only)
  • Fuel economy: up to 108 MPG
  • Audi Q5 55 TFSI e
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  • Audi Q5 55 TFSI e
  • Audi Q5 55 TFSI e
  • Audi Q5 55 TFSI e
Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 12/08/2020・Updated: 21/09/2022

Nicki Says

“The Q5 PHEV is clearly a very desirable and competent car, and the plug-in powertrain means company car drivers will save a fortune in tax compared to a diesel version. But rival PHEVs and pure-electrics will save you more if you can make them work for you.”

Ginny Says

“The Q5 is a spacious and well built family car which has a lot going for it, but it's let down by a pretty poor electric only range. It means you'll need to plug in to charge after all but the shortest journeys if you want to get the best savings and economy.”

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Audi Q5 55 TFSI e

The SUV body shape means you get decent practicality, but the battery cables take up valuable luggage space.

  • Length:4,682mm
  • Width:1,893mm
  • Height:1,662mm
  • Load space:450/1,550 litres

Practicality and Boot Space

The interior of the Q5 is spacious and well built – so just what you’d expect to find from an Audi SUV. The front seats are supportive and there’s tons of oddment storage too, while the driving position is also spot-on. Those in the back aren’t going to be complaining about a lack of space, either, though it can feel a little dark and claustrophobic at times.

When it comes to boot space there isn’t too much of a penalty levelled at the Q5 because of its batteries. It’s down by 95 litres compared to the standard Q5, but that still puts boot room at a very useable 450 litres – so there’s more than enough room for most occasions. What is annoying, however, is the sheer size of the charging cables and the bag in which to put them – there’s no underfloor storage area for them, and they take up a huge portion of the load area.

Technology

As a result of being a facelift rather than an all-new model, the Q5 doesn’t benefit from the very latest in-car tech that Audi has to offer. So rather than the new twin-screen setup that we’ve become accustomed to seeing in cars such as the Q7 and Q8, the Q5 makes do with an older, ‘floating’ style screen without touch-sensitive capability.

This isn’t so much of a bother for the most part but the lack of touchscreen makes using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto particularly cumbersome and puts you off from using them. It’s a small niggle, but one which does detract from the overall user experience.

Safety 

The Q5 is as strong as they come when it comes to crash performance with a five-star rating from the independent testers at Euro NCAP in both front and side impact assessments. 

It also features a number of driver assistance systems including adaptive cruise control, electronic emergency braking, lane assist, high beam assist, parking sensors and all-round cameras.

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