Audi Q5 55 TFSI e PHEV Review


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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  • 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
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  • Audi Q5 55 TFSI e
Driven and reviewed by・ 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

It’s a classy car, but the Q5 isn’t exactly cheap in any guise and the PHEV is even more expensive.

  • Price:£54,910 - £66,425
  • Full charge cost (at home):£2.31
  • Company car tax:16% (2020-21)
  • Insurance group:40E
  • Vehicle warranty:3 years, 60,000 miles
  • Battery warranty:8 years, 100,000 miles


The Q5 isn’t a cheap car – no Audi crossover is, and the Q5 sits right in the sweet spot of the market where it competes with models such as the BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Volvo XC60, all of which command premium prices and are increasingly popular choices on company car lists.

As a result you’re looking at 55 grand as an entry-level, though in reality no Q5 will be that cheap. As soon as you’ve glanced at the options list and added some essentials - the basic spec is quite miserly - you’ll be on £60k easily. Of course, very few are sold at to private buyers for the full amount (with company cars being the most popular, followed by private finance) so the price list is little more than a paper exercise that you’ll then crunch into a monthly figure, where it sits competitively in its class.

Running Costs

As with all plug-in hybrids, the running costs depend on how you use it. If you’re commuting less than 26 miles a day during the week and plugging it in overnight, then you’re looking at a couple of quid a day in charging and that’s it – but take it on a long journey without the battery charged and you’ll be lucky to crack 28mpg on petrol power alone – a long way behind the 108mpg quoted by Audi as the official WLTP figure. 

Insurance in group 40-42 depending on spec, which is about average for a premium SUV. Sadly, they’re not cheap cars to insure as the cost of repair and risk of theft is greater than with more conventional models.

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