Electric cars don’t fit everyone’s lifestyle. Their lack of range compared to gasoline cars, relatively scarce charging stations and overall change from normal driving means that not everyone can make the switch to electric mobility. Some of those people that can make the switch still might want to, though. Which is where the Audi Q5 55 TFSI e comes in.
In this new review from Auto Express, we take a look at the horrifically-named Audi Q5 55 TFSI e, the first-ever plug-in hybrid Q5. So is the plug-in Q5 really worth getting? Does it really give customers a quality taste of EV ownership?
As it turns out, it’s quite good actually. Though, it only lets its customers dip their toes into EV waters. Under the hood, a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder is mated to an electric motor that both combine to make a very healthy 362 bhp. That’s actually more power than the Audi SQ5.
The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e can switch back and forth between hybrid power and pure electric power and the switch is said to be quite seamless. While under pure electric power, the all-electric range is only about 20 miles, which isn’t a lot. However, that’s not terrible and it increases the car’s total efficiency and usability.
More importantly, it allows potential EV buyers to dip their toes into electrified waters without having to give up their long-distance range or ease of fueling. Also, it allows luxury car buyers to gain some green credibility, which a lot of customers actually want.
But even more important than that, it’s just a good car. It’s smooth, it’s quiet, it’s more than punchy enough and it has some all-electric range. So it’s a well-rounded luxury crossover that provides some of the industry’s latest tech and it has the added benefit of inching its customers closer to pure EVs.