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Q5 55 TFSI e quattro (and breathe) to cost around £55,000

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Welcome to the first of many new plug-in hybrid Audis - the Q5 55 TFSI e quattro.

Let’s decode the name. Q5 means, well, it’s a Q5 - a medium-sized SUV, Audi’s answer to the likes of the BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Volvo XC60. Read the review by clicking right here. Per the company’s new naming system, the ‘55’ relates to power, ‘TFSI e’ means it’s petrol/electric, and quattro signifies all-wheel drive.

Available to order in June priced from around £55,000, the plug-in Q5 pairs a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with a 105kW electric motor and 14.1 kW battery positioned under the boot floor. Total system output is a not-at-all shabby 362bhp and 369lb ft, giving 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 148mph. More importantly, you’re looking at 113mpg, 49g/km of CO2 and some 26-miles of electric range (at speeds of up to 84mph).

A full charge from a household socket will take around six hours. But of course the beauty of a PHEV is that you never actually need to plug it in. You should, because that’s surely the point, but even if you don’t the Q5 will still recuperate as much energy as it can from braking, coasting and so-on.

The aim is to minimise use of the internal-combustion engine - something the Q5 does with tech that’s supposed to help its driver be as efficient as possible. The ‘predictive efficiency assistant’, for example, adjusts the level of recuperation based on GPS and radar info. It also tells the driver when to lift off the gas - for max efficiency - before lower speed limits, junctions, roundabouts, traffic build-ups, hills and so-on.


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