[UPDATE] Opens for order in early June, priced from approximately £55,000 OTR

Following the launch of the E-Tron Quattro and the China-only Q2 L E-Tron, another Audi is getting an electric motor. Unlike the other two, the new Q5 TFSI E Quattro (not the best name, right?) retains the combustion engine to form a plug-in hybrid powertrain. It combines a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that develops 248 bhp and 273 pound-feet of torque with an electric motor rated at a peak output of 141 bhp and 258 lb-ft.

2019 Audi Q5 55 TFSI E Quattro

Audi says the plug-in hybrid setup enables the midsize luxury SUV to offer a combined output of 362 bhp and 369 lb-ft. The electrified muscle grants the Q5 with a sprint to 62 mph in only 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph, which isn’t half bad given the vehicle’s size and the relatively small four-cylinder engine.

2019 Audi Q5 55 TFSI E Quattro

People shopping for a PHEV are more likely interested in fuel economy, and Audi promises the new Q5 55 TFSI E Quattro can return as much as 112 miles per gallon or consume as low as 2.1 litres / 100 km in the combined cycle. That translates to CO2 emissions of only 46 g/km when used as a hybrid, while in fully electric mode it can travel for more than 26 miles based on the WLTP cycle. Switch off the combustion engine and the SUV will top out at 84 mph.

That zero-emissions range is guaranteed by a lithium-ion battery pack with a 14.1-kWh capacity stored underneath the boot’s floor. It takes only two and a half hours to fully charge the batteries through a 400 V/16 outlet while from a household socket it needs approximately six hours.

2019 Audi Q5 55 TFSI E Quattro

There’s not much to say about the styling since the PHEV derivative looks virtually the same as the conventionally powered model, save for the extra cap for the charging port and the “55 TFSIe” badge at the back. The “Quattro” logo on the tailgate denotes we’re dealing with a vehicle equipped with AWD, which by the way works with sensors to analyse the road and automatically configure the system for optimal performance. In certain conditions, such as at low loads and when there’s plenty of traction, the seven-speed S tronic gearbox stops sending power to the rear wheels, thus effectively turning the SUV into a front-wheel-drive vehicle to boost efficiency.

Audi is already accepting orders in Europe for the Q5 55 TFSI E Quattro and is asking €60,450 at home in Germany. No word yet on pricing for the UK. The market launch is scheduled for the third quarter of the year.

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Sporty and efficient with plug-in hybrid drive: the Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro

  • Successful SUV now with TFSI engine and powerful electric motor
  • Electric range of over 40 kilometers (24.9 mi), electric driving at up to 135 km/h (83.9 mph)
  • Convenient charging: the Audi e-tron Charging Service and the myAudi app
  • With an E license plate, ideal for commuters, fleet operators and as a company car

Audi is proceeding full-steam ahead with its electrification offensive. The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro with 270 kW (367 hp) system output (combined fuel consumption: 2.4 – 2.1 l/100 km* (98.0 – 112.0 US mpg); combined CO2emissions: 53 – 46 g/km* (85.3 – 74.0 g/mi)) is the first of the new plug-in models from Audi. The drive concept comprises a combustion engine and an electric motor with intelligent controller, enabling it to cover most everyday driving distances electrically. The WLTP all-electric range is more than 40 kilometers (25.9 mi). With the E license plate under the German Electric Mobility Act, owners also enjoy tax advantages and municipal traffic privileges.