Alongside all of Audi’s fully-electric e-tron models, it now also has a suite of hybrid “TFSI e” models. One of which is the Audi Q7 TFSI e, which is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and not a fully-electric model. In this new video from Auto Trader UK, Rory Reid shows off their new long-term Q7 TFSI e and all of its new features.
The Audi Q7 TFSI e is part the new facelift for the Q7, so it packs all of the same features as every other Q7. That means it gets the same new headlights, taillights and interior design. However, there is one change unique to the Q7 PHEV and that’s its lack of as-standard third row of seats. The Q7 is unique in the segment, due to its standard third row seating but the PHEV version ditches them, as it needs room for all of the battery goodness under the trunk floor.
Under the hood lies a familiar 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine, which on its own makes 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, it also gets an electric motor that increases power and torque to sports car levels. In the top-spec Audi Q7 60 TFSI e, the EV motor bumps total system power to 449 horsepower and 516 lb-ft (700 kW) of torque. Such a power output is close to that of the Audi SQ7, which packs a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8.
As for the less powerful Audi Q7 55 TFSI e, it makes do with just 375 horsepower and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. So it’s quite a bit less powerful than its more expensive sibling.
For the top-spec Q7 60 TFSI e, Audi claims a 0-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds, which is about a full second slower than the Audi SQ7 but still surprisingly quick. That’s hot-hatch quick is a hybrid luxury SUV. For the less powerful Q7 55 TFSI e, that performance drops to 5.9 seconds to 60 mph, which still isn’t bad. Audi Trader UK’s model is the less expensive ’55’ model, which is probably the better value. No one is going to need the extra power in a hybrid.
Both cars can travel up to 42 kilometers (23 miles) on electric power alone. That’s not exactly class-leading but it can be helpful for around-town driving.
Overall, the Audi Q7 TFSI e PHEV is seems like a great luxury SUV with the added benefit of having a bit of electric range.