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Plug-in hybrid SUV duel: Audi Q7 e-tron vs. BMW X5 xDrive40e

The Audi Q7 e-torn now has a new rival to worry about as BMW just took the wraps off the X5 xDrive40e. Although both of them are full-size SUVs featuring a plug-in hybrid system, there is a big difference between the two as while the BMW has a gasoline engine working with an electric motor, the Audi is equipped with a diesel engine.

Audi Q7 e-tron vs. BMW X5 xdrive40e
Audi Q7 e-tron vs. BMW X5 xdrive40e

The X5 xDrive40e mixes up a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine with an electric motor, an 8-speed Steptronic transmission and a lithium-ion battery pack which has a 9 kWh capacity. The combustion engine generates 245 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque while the electric motor produces 113 HP and 184 lb-ft. With a combined output of 313 HP and 332 lb-ft, the BMW X5 xDrive40e will run the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 6.8 seconds and top out at a limited 130 mph (210 km/h). Average fuel consumption stands at 3.4 – 3.3 liters / 100 km, with CO2 emissions of 78 – 77 g/km while in electric mode it can travel for up to 19 miles (31 km).

Audi Q7 e-tron vs. BMW X5 xdrive40e
Audi Q7 e-tron vs. BMW X5 xdrive40e

As for the Audi Q7 e-tron, this one has a larger six-cylinder 3.0-liter TDI turbodiesel engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery, granting a combined output of 373 HP and 700 Nm. It does the sprint in 6 seconds and will do 139 mph (225 km/h) while fuel consumption stands at only 1.7 liters / 100 km. Running solely on electric power, the hybridized SUV from Ingolstadt can travel for up to 35 miles (56 km).

via BMW Blog

Adrian Padeanu

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