Audi introduced a new plug-in hybrid powertrain for its fast-selling Q5 crossover SUV. First of all, we have to say something about the name of the nameplate. The four-ring SUV will be sold as the 2020 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro. Quite complicated, don’t you agree? Still, regardless of the fact, we are glad to see the model, because it comes coupled with an impressive powertrain.
The 2020 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro is working truly amazing thanks to a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 and an electric motor integrated with a 7-speed automatic transmission. The ‘box supplies both axles via Quattro all-wheel-drive system with a respectable output of 367 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. According to Audi, the new PHEV SUV accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.3 seconds, while top speed stops at 148 mph. Of course, the plug-in hybrid is capable of traveling using electricity only thanks to a 14.1 kWh battery which is stored under the luggage floor. However, we would be lying if we say that we haven’t expected longer ride on EV mode from the one that the crossover actually offers. When calculated on WLTP, Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro is capable to cross almost 26 miles. Of course, EPA rating will low down all-electric driving for sure. The car’s EV mode has some additional limits tough. Limited to the electric motor only, the 2020 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro relies on 140 horsepower. Also, top speed is limited to 84 mph. You will have to wait some 6 hours to fill up the battery using a standard 220V outlet. The time, however, goes down to 2.5 hours when using a 400V outlet.
The 2020 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro gets three driving modes. There’s the aforementioned EV model which uses electricity only; Hybrid mode that combines both energies; and Battery Hold mode that keeps the battery charged whole drive.
The automaker started taking orders for the 2020 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro. However, the SUV will not be available before this fall. The price is 60,450 euros in Germany, and that’s $67,465 here.