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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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

The plug-in Q5 can do 26 miles on a full charge – that's enough for most urban commutes and it will charge up overnight or while you are in the office.

  • Range:26 miles (electric only)
  • Battery:14.1 kWh
  • Charging: 3 pin::6 hours
  • Charging: home wallbox (7kW):3 hours
  • Charging: Rapid (50kW):N/A


The Q5 will do 26 miles on a charge providing you drive it sensibly and it can be held in all-electric mode, meaning you can use the EV-only capabilities when needed – something that may be of benefit in future geo-fenced low-emissions zones, for example. Or even if you just want to arrive home silently without waking the neighbours. 

It’ll go for 400 miles on a tank of petrol as well, should you need to undertake a longer journey. This means you could commute on electric all week and pop to see your gran at the weekend without having to stop.


The battery is 14.1kWh, so it’s a fairly compact thing which means it can be charged relatively quickly via the mains. Other similar cars have bigger batteries but Audi claims it has found the ideal balance for its target customers for whom the majority will be able to commute within the car’s EV range. It does mean the Q5 isn't as tax efficient compared to some new rivals though, notably those from BMW.


The Q5’s battery is not geared for fast-charging, so you can’t just plug it in at the services while drinking a Frappucino. Instead, you’ll have to plug it in at home and make your cup of instant last two hours via a home charger, or six hours if you plug it in at the mains. That's actually fine if you are working or sleeping though. If you find a public charge point you should be able to get a decent 'tank' full in the time it takes to do a shop or have lunch too. 

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