It shouldn’t come as a surprise that manufacturers worldwide would eventually adapt all their vehicles for electrification. Case in point: this Audi Q5. For what they dubbed the 55 e TFSI quattro, this mouthful does come with more than its name’s letters and numbers.
For starters, let’s talk about its power. It’s a hybrid, so that means there’s still a fossil fuel powered engine somewhere under the hood. This Q5 is propelled by a 2.0L TFSI turbo engine, which churns out 252 HP and about 270 Nm of torque. Now, add what Audi describes as a permanently excited synchronous motor (PSM) that has 105 kW of power and 350 Nm of torque, what you have is a 367 HP 500 Nm monster.
Next, what do you get aside from all these numbers? An all-electric range of 40 kilometers, a combined fuel consumption of up to 47.62 km/L, and a combined top speed of 239 km/h. Considering that this is a rather lumbering SUV, that’s not so bad, isn’t it? Plus it’s a hybrid so you’re doing your bit for the environment, too. Mother Nature will thank you.
Speaking of hybrids, the 55 e has three modes to choose from, namely: Hybrid, EV, and Battery Hold. In Hybrid, the system chooses between freewheeling with the engine off and coasting recuperation, which can recover up to 25 kW of power. In EV, which is the default mode, electricity powers the car so long as the accelerator is not depressed past a perceptible pressure point. In Battery Hold, battery capacity is held at its current level. The batteries boast of a full charge via a regular 220V household outlet in roughly six hours.
Given that this is an Audi, it also does have the quattro all-wheel drive system. While quattro is deactivated when not needed, it remains ready and available at all times. For the Q5 55 e, pairing the quattro drive with Audi drive select, you can now change not just the character of the engine, but the all-wheel drive properties that suit your preferences as well.
On the inside and outside, the 55 e has a combination of model-specific and standard equipment. LED Headlights, 18-inch alloys, sport seats, PHEV-specific displays, and adjustable rear seats come with this hybrid model. If the looks still prove too drab, then you can opt for the S line package, too, which comes with a new grill, different bumpers, and additional diffusers.
Like its other German compatriots like the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid and the BMW X5 Plug-In hybrid, the Audi Q5 55 e TFSI isn’t so different from its competition. In the Philippines where, for some people, the manufacturer badge is just as important as its environment-friendliness, perhaps the Audi has a little bit more draw. It is, after all, one of the better-performing luxury brands in our country.