Audi is in the middle of a full-on electric offensive, pumping out a new electrified vehicle seemingly every five minutes. Not only did it launch two fully-electric vehicles in two years (even if they’re basically both the same car) but it’s also launched no less than four plug-in hybrid vehicles as well. One of which is the all-new Audi Q5 TFSI e and Auto Express has one as a long-term test vehicle. So how does the electrified version of Audi’s most popular SUV fair as a daily driver?
According to AE, surprisingly well. In fact, the Audi Q5 TFSI e might just be the pick of the Q5 range.
Powering the plug-in Q5 is a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’s paired with an electric motor, which combine to make a hefty 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Those power figures are almost exactly the same as those of the sportier Audi SQ5. Admittedly, the Q5 TFSI e hybrid is a bit heavier, so it’s a bit slower than the SQ5, getting to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds. However, that’s not that much slower and it’s more efficient while also being more comfortable. And I’ve driven the SQ5; it’s no sports car. So the Audi Q5 TFSI e is the better version to get if you’re looking for a Q5 with a bit more pep, as it’s almost as fast but has more upside elsewhere.
It’s also excellent to drive, from a luxury standpoint. It’s comfortable and shockingly quiet, thanks to that hybrid powertrain and Audi’s latest efforts to sound-deaden the cabin. Interior materials are also excellent, as they are with any Q5, and the added technology of the Q5’s facelift makes it even better.
Typically, plug-in hybrid luxury cars are more expensive than their traditional counterparts, without adding enough benefit to make the added cost worthwhile. However, the Audi Q5 TFSI e packs almost as much performance as the SQ5 while also adding better efficiency, some all-electric range and a more refined powertrain. It might be a bit pricey but it seems to be worth it.