Audi is part of a trend in which the electric-vehicle marketplace has suddenly exploded with stylish, desirable cars, trucks, and SUVs. This would be 2021 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e. Also, vehicles that do plug in to charge are really now quite fashionable. Launched for the 2020 model year, the Q5 55 plug-in hybrid shoehorn does have an 11.3-kWh battery pack. Moreover, it also does have a 141-hp electric motor into the current Q5’s powertrain for a culmination output of 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
Audi Q5 Cargo Space, Battery Power
There is no requiring compromise to the SUV’s cargo space. However, it is the all-electric range estimate of 23 miles is worse. That is comparing with some similar plug-in hybrids. For example, the Lincoln Corsair PHEV and the Lexus NX450h+, both can, in fact, travel further on the battery power alone. There were 17 miles of electricity driving at 75 mph on a full charge. Unlike the Volvo XC60 T8. In fact, the Audi isn’t able to recharge its battery using the gasoline engine. Moreover, it does mean re-juicing. Also, it can only be done if you have access to a charger.
The EPA does estimate Audi’s combined fuel economy at 26 mpg with the battery depleted. Moreover, the figure is lower than Lincoln’s 33 mpg or the 36-mpg rating for the Lexus. The nonhybrid Q5 is rated at 25 mpg combined which will make the complicating PHEV powertrain. In fact, it is here what is a questionable value to just to bump that up by 1 mpg.
Q5 is Quick
Then if it is not that fuel-efficient, and the electric driving range is small, what is the point of the Q5’s plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Q5 55 is quick. Moreover, it is quicker than the performance-oriented SQ5. The Q5 55 is sprinting to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. It did beat at the last SQ5 that was testing (a Sportback model) by 0.3 seconds. In fact, for comparison, the non-PHEV Q5 Sportsback did make it to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds.
The handling is light and supple. In fact, the 55’s 518-pound heavier curb weight that is comparing to the regular Q5 is really barely noticeable. However, it is just as easy to work around the skidpad, too. Therefore, both models do deliver the same 0.83 g result. In fact, the Q5 55 was, in fact, the quickest Q5 variant to then reach 60 mph. Then its stopping distance from 70 mph was the longest, requiring 176 feet.