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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  • Battery size: 14.1 kWh
  • Company car tax: 13%
  • Emissions: 49 g/km
  • Range: 26 miles (electric only)
  • Fuel economy: up to 108 MPG
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Driven and reviewed by・ Published: 12/08/2020・Updated: 1/08/2022

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

Audi’s Q-range of SUV models has been a hit from day one, with the company’s reputation for clinical styling, clean and simple interiors and German quality being matched to modern motoring trends, where the crossover is king.

The Q5 55 TFSI e has been designed to offer everything people love about a mid-sized SUV with the lower running costs and tax benefits that an electrified powertrain brings. But can it get the balance between the two right? 

Obviously, that hybrid powertrain is the big news for the Q5. Elsewhere, things are largely unedited. It sits on the regular but refreshed Q5 platform. This means that the interior has been given a light update and the exterior has been graced with a series of nip-and-tuck features too, but nothing too drastic.

It’s not a ground-up new model, that’s for sure, but the changes have been made to allow the Q5 to keep pace with key rivals.

It’s under the bonnet where things get interesting. You’ll find a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit, and here it’s linked to an electric motor and battery. When combined, the result is a healthy 362bhp and 500Nm of torque, making it far punchier than you’d expect. In fact, 0-60mph takes just over five seconds, which puts this Q5 only just behind the performance-orientated SQ5, in fact.

Audi claims that you could potentially see up to 108mpg combined, but this relies on the batteries being fully charged. Emissions of 49g/km CO2 are impressive, however. The Q5 can offer a reasonable all-electric range of 26 miles, meaning that those with shorter commutes or trips shouldn’t have to trouble the petrol engine too much.

When it comes to charging, you should be able to replenish the Q5’s batteries to full from flat in around six hours via a conventional domestic three-pin socket.

From a start, the Q5 gives you that blissfully serene driving experience that you only get with hybrids. Around town, it’s quiet, refined and pleasingly easy to drive. You can lock the car in all-electric mode, too, so in urban areas, there’s little need to go near the engine.

Providing you keep charge in the batteries there’s performance, too. However, once you’re out of juice and you’re left on engine power alone, efficiency and performance take a downwards spiral. The 2.0-litre engine is up to the job of getting the Q5 up to speed in a decent enough time, but it feels slightly blunted as a result of additional weight from the batteries that it has to lug around.

On the plus side, the Hybrid looks just like any other Q5, and that’s likely to make it an appealing prospect to those who don’t want to shout about their electrified car ownership or who love the styling of Audi’s conventional crossovers. It’s a smart-looking thing, for sure, and it’s only the additional fuel cap cover that gives away its hybrid nature.

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