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Another hybrid SUV? Horse, bolt, door, close, after? (re-arrange to suit) Well, yes. But this one’s interesting, especially after a little time spent behind the wheel in the real world. But first some facts. The Q7 e-tron is a plug-in hybrid Q7, equipped with a 17.3kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 3.0-litre TDi V6, plus eight-speed auto ‘box. That produces a system power of 373bhp and 516lb ft, and enough to shove it to 62mph in 6.2 seconds and on to 139mph. So far, so good. NEDC range - the unachievable lab-specific figure - is quoted at nearly 157mpg and 46g/km of CO2. And that’s despite the extra 400kg (this Q7 weighs in at a porky 2,445kg all told) added in from the batteries. But it does produce an EV-only propulsion range of a quoted 34 miles. Which doesn’t sound much. That’s not a brilliant start. And it gets slightly worse; because of where the batteries are situated underneath the boot floor, there’s no seven-seat option for the e-tronified Q7. Or even a spare tyre. So it’s a big, five-seater-only SUV that weighs quite a bit. Doesn’t sound very ecological, really. So what’s the point?