Audi is proceeding full-steam ahead with its electrification offensive. The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro with 367 hp system output (combined fuel consumption: 2.4 – 2.1 l/100 km*; combined CO2 emissions: 53 – 46 g/km*) 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 kilometres.
The new drive concept comprises a 2.0 TFSI, a four-cylinder, turbocharged gasoline engine producing 252 hp and 370 Nm of torque, and an electric motor. It and the separating clutch are integrated into the seven-speed S tronic, which uses ultra technology to transfer the drive torque to the quattro drivetrain. The hybrid SUV impresses with a system output of 270 kW (367 hp) and total torque of 500 Nm just above idle, namely from 1,250 rpm. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 5.3 seconds; top speed is 239 km/h. According to the standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles, fuel consumption ranges from 2.4 – 2.1 l/100 km, corresponding to 53 – 46 grams CO2 per kilometre. Its electric range in the WLTP cycle is more than 40 kilometres. Top speed in electric mode is 135 km/h, enough even for motorway driving.
quattro permanent all-wheel drive with ultra technology
The Q5 55 TFSI e** marks the first time that the efficiency-optimized all-wheel drive with ultra technology is used in combination with an electric motor. The all-wheel drive system’s intelligent control works predictively, always looking ahead by means of sensors and the continuous analysis of the data collected on driving dynamics and driver behaviour. The quattro all-wheel drive system is thus always ready when needed. At low loads and a sufficient coefficient of friction between the wheels and the road surface, the transmission of power to the rear wheels is deactivated. The drivetrain then functions with high efficiency as a front-wheel drive system. All-wheel drive is deactivated whenever it is not needed, but it remains available at all times. Fast, automatic activation of the all-wheel drive system follows a three-stage strategy: proactive, predictive and reactive. By networking quattro drive with Audi drive select, drivers can adjust not just the character of the engine, but also the all-wheel-drive properties to suit their individual preferences.
Convenient: fast charging in just a few hours
The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro** comes standard with the Compact charging system plus a Mode 3 cable with Type 2 plug for use at public charging stations. The Compact charging system comprises cables for household and industrial outlets plus a control unit. The system features an LED status display and safety functions such as temperature and residual current monitoring. Audi also offers an optional charging clip, a lockable wall-mounted holder for the charging system. A full charge at a CEE industrial outlet with 400 V/16 A takes just 2.5 hours. The integrated charger charges the lithium ion battery with a maximum power of 7.4 kW. But even at a 220 V household outlet, an empty battery can be fully and conveniently recharged overnight in roughly six hours. Convenient recharging is also possible on the road. The proprietary Audi e‑tron Charging Service provides access to some 100,000 charging points in Europe with almost 1,100 public charge points available across the island of Ireland at the moment with a network of more than 70 fast chargers in the Republic of Ireland, primarily installed at service stations to facilitate longer journeys between major towns and cities. A single card is sufficient to start charging, regardless of the provider.
Charge management from the couch: the myAudi app
The myAudi app allows customers to use the services from the Audi connect portfolio on their smartphones, which is particularly practical with electrified models. The app can be used to check the battery and range status, start the charging process, program the charge timer and view the charge and consumption statistics. Furthermore, the route planners in both the app and the MMI navigation in the car show charging stations.
e-tron test drives in Audi dealerships nationwide
Motorists are encouraged to call into Audi dealerships to experience Audi’s first all-electric SUV – the Audi e-tron first hand by taking the all electric vehicle for a test drive. To highlight the ease of owning an electric vehicle, Audi dealerships are now showcasing the e-tron, providing information on how drivers can invest in an electric vehicle and also holding demonstrations to bring drivers up to speed with all things e-tron including charging options.