Audi A6 vs BMW 5 Series vs Volvo S90 — Best Hybrid Executive Sedans

Audi is making a strong push for electrification but its efforts aren’t only in purely electric vehicles. The four-ringed brand is also pushing hybrids as well, with a suite of new plug-in hybrid models. One of which is the Audi A6 50 TFSI e and it packs some impressive specs. However, so too do its new rivals, the BMW 530e and Volvo S90 T8. So which hybrid executive sedan is best? Auto Express finds out in this new review.


All three cars in this test use similar formulas — four-cylinder engines with electric motors and all-wheel drive. So the question really isn’t which car has the most but which can implement its equipment the best.

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The Audi A6 used in this test is the A6 50 TFSI e Quattro S Tronic Sport (Audi needs better nomenclature as soon as humanly possible), which means it packs a 2.0 liter turbo-four combined with an electric motor. Together, they develop 295 bhp and 450 Nm (331 lb-ft of torque). That combination is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and powers all four wheels. The Audi can hit 62 mph in 5.5 seconds, making it VW GTI-quick.


While the BMW 530e also uses a 2.0 liter turbo-four/electric motor combo, it uses an eight-speed automatic and only makes 288 bhp and 420 Nm (310lb-ft). The 530e has the least power in the test but also has the least weight. So you’d think it’d even out but it’s comfortably the slowest car of the three, hitting 62 mph in 5.9 seconds.

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The refreshed Volvo S90 Recharge T8 plug-in hybrid in Platinum Grey


The Volvo S90 T8 Recharge uses a 2.0 liter four-cylinder as well but the Swede is both turbocharged and supercharged. Its Electric motor is also placed at the back axle, giving the S90 all-wheel drive but without any physical connection between the axles, similar to a BMW i8. Combined, it makes 385 horsepower and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) and is the quickest car in the test, getting to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds.


But which car is best? For that, you’ll have to check out Auto Express’ test, as we won’t spoil their hard work. However, it’s a more interesting conclusion than you might expect.

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[Source: Auto Express]
Nico DeMattia

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