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Audi Q5 ESTATE 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic

Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
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Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro S Line Competition 5dr S Tronic

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG128.40
  • 0-62mph5.3 secs
  • Top Speed148 mph
  • C0249 g/km
  • BHP367
  • Torque369 lbs/f
  • P11D16%

Review

If you're about to buy, lease or contract hire a premium upper mid-sized luxury SUV- say something like an Audi Q5 - you'll probably be anxiously scanning your Benefit-in-Kind taxation exposure. This Q5 55 TFSIe plug-in hybrid model should deliver for you on that front. But what else can it offer?

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Audi's Q5 looks appealing but pricey in TFSIe plug-in hybrid form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

The plug-in hybrid alternative is now an established option amongst all the premium brand makers - they now offer PHEV powertrains in almost every segment. Take Audi and their strong-selling the segment Q5 SUV, which serves the plug-in market with two variants, the 50 TFSIe and, as here, the 55 TFSIe. Both use the same to litre TFSI petrol electrified powertrain and offer an electric driving range figure sufficient to make possible the sub-50 g/km BiK taxation rating that likely owners will be looking for. But this model's three key competitors - the Volvo XC60 Recharge T8, the Mercedes GLC 300e and the BMW X3 xDrive30e - all claim the same thing. What can this Audi offer to set itself apart?

Driving Experience

Audi's latest TFSIe plug-in technology in this Q5 sees a 3.0-litre petrol V6 engine paired up to an electric motor which is in turn powered by a much bigger version of the lithium-ion battery that features with Audi's mild hybrid tech, this one 14.1kWh in size. Two plug-in variants are offered, your starting point being a 50 TFSIe model with a combined system output of 300PS. Ideally though, you'd want the top 55 TFSIe derivative, which offers a total output of 367PS, a rest to 62mph time of 5.3s, a top speed of 140mph and a WLTP-rated EV driving range of 26 miles. The gearbox is Audi's usual smooth 7-speed dual-clutch S tronic set-up. As well as the usual Audi drive select mode settings (Dynamic, Offroad and so on), with the TFSIe, you get three further mode options via an EV button; 'EV' which allows for driving just using the battery, proving there's enough charge; 'Battery Hold' - allowing you to 'save' battery charge for later in your journey; and 'Hybrid', which is what you'll use most often, combining battery and engine power. Like other top Q5s, this one features Audi's 'Predictive Efficiency Assistant' system. This is able to adjust the level of brake energy regeneration based on sat nav data, freewheel with the engine off and even adjust your positioning to the car in front. And the AWD set-up gets Audi's Ultra Technology, which proactively anticipates demand on the quattro 4WD system.

Design and Build

There are few visual giveaways as to this TFSIe model's plug-in status - unless you're eagle-eyed enough to spot the altered badgework and the extra charging flap. So, as usual with a Q5, a sculpturally flared Singleframe grille with a solid frame dominates its aerodynamically flat front end. This feature is flanked by headlights that use full-LED technology - or buyers can order Audi's advanced adaptable Matrix LED system as an option. A distinctively curved and strongly undercut shoulder line gives structure to the side view. The strongly emphasised wheel arches are a reference to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, and the low greenhouse tapers back down early. Just as at the front, horizontal lines at the rear aim to convey an image of width and presence. The tailgate wraps around the C-pillars - a typical feature of Audi Q models. At the wheel, a three-dimensional trim strip runs across the entire width of the instrument panel and there's a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel. This remains a five-seat model and the rear seat is split into three segments. Longitudinal and seat back angle adjustment are optional. As usual with a PHEV, luggage space is compromised by the positioning of the PHEV system's lithium-ion battery beneath the boot floor. In this case, the space on offer falls by 155-litres with the rear bench up. Which means you'll have 395-litres to play with - though some of that will be taken up by a bag containing the charging cables.

Market and Model

Q5 TFSIe pricing starts at around £50,000, but that only gets you the 300PS 50 TFSIe model, which is available in 'S line', 'Black Edition', 'S line Competition', 'Vorsprung' or 'Vorsprung Competition' specs. For this 55 TFSIe in typical 'S-line Competition'-spec, you're looking at more like £55,000. All the usual executive equipment niceties feature, plus owners get the useful 'myAudi' app which allows customers to use the services from the Audi connect portfolio on their smartphones. This 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. Another function of the myAudi app is preheating/precooling prior to departure. In this case, the climate control system compressor and the auxiliary heater in the car are powered electrically. The customer can determine exactly how the interior should be heated or cooled while the battery is being charged. Depending on the optional equipment chosen, the same applies to the seat and steering wheel heating, heating of the windscreen, rear window and mirrors, and the seat cooling.

Cost of Ownership

As with any PHEV, to get the most out of this Q5, you'll need to keep the car charged up (which should take around two and a half hours from a 7kW garage wallbox) and make the absolute most of the potential all-electric driving range, rated at about 26 miles. If you don't do that, you'll essentially end up with a heavier version of the conventional 50 TFSI petrol variant - and take it from us, one of those isn't going to be cheap to run. This SUV's lithium-ion battery is made up of 104 prismatic cells and stores 14.1kWh of energy with a voltage of 381 volts. And the car is supplied as standard with a 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. The integrated charger charges the lithium-ion battery with a maximum power of 7.4kW. Even at a 220V household outlet, an empty battery can be fully and conveniently recharged overnight in roughly six hours. Using a 7kW garage wallbox, you should be able to reduce that to around two and a half hours.

Summary

We've seen plenty of Audi hybrid models in the past, but this one is certainly the most credible to date. To be frank, it doesn't really offer much you can't also get from rivals sold by BMW, Volvo and Mercedes. But it doesn't lack much that these competitors offer. Which means that if you are attracted by this Q5's effortlessly cool vibe, classy cabin and uber-smooth refinement - as plenty in this segment are - then there are a few reasons not to sign your cheque Ingolstadt's way. We can't help thinking though, that the that the industry should be further along by now in offering PHEVs like this at more affordable prices, with greater driving range and less compromised luggage compartments. In a few years, it probably will be. For the time being, cars like the Q5 55 TFSIe are what we have. Life is what you make it.

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Driver Convenience
Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
Audi Pre sense collision avoidance
Cruise control + speed limiter
Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
Audi drive select
Audi phone box with wireless charging
Audi smartphone interface
Audi virtual cockpit - 12.3" high resolution LCD digital instrument cluster display
Automatic start-stop system with coasting functionality and efficiency programme
Electro - mechanical power assisted steering
MMI navigation plus with 8.3" colour MMI screen and MMI touch
Mobile telephone preparation - bluetooth interface
Power tailgate
Service interval indicator
Voice control system
Exterior Features
Solid paint
Towbar preparation
Acoustic windscreen
Aluminium roof rails
Audi Beam uses LEDs to project the Audi Sport logo
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlight levelling
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door mirrors
Body colour S Line side skirts
Body colour S specific rear diffuser
Body colour underbody protection
Chrome exhaust tailpipe
Chrome rear bumper inserts
Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
Front and rear electric windows
High beam assistant
Illuminated door sill trims with S logo
LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic rear indicators
Light and rain sensor for auto activation of lights and windscreen wipers
Loading sill protector in stainless steel
Privacy glass with front acoustic glazing
Rear wiper
S air inlet in titanium black
S front and rear bumpers
S Line badges on the front wings
S Line rear spoiler
Twilight grey matt radiator grille with matt aluminium horizontal chrome struts
Wheels
20'' 5 segment spoke design alloy wheels in contrasting grey with diamond cut finish
Tyre repair kit
Entertainment
2 X SD card slot
CD player
DAB Digital radio
MMI radio plus with 7" colour MMI screen and MMI controller
Interior Features
2 x USB charging port with aux input socket
3 pin 10 amp domestic charging cable
3 rear headrests
3 spoke flat bottom high multi-function leather steering wheel
4 way electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger
40:20:40 split folding rear seat with rear centre armrest
Black cloth headlining
Contrast stitching on seats, steering wheel and gear lever gaiter
Deluxe 3 zone electronic climate control
Fine Nappa leather upholstery with diamond stitching
Front centre armrest
Front sport seats with S embossed logo
Front/rear floor mats
Fully electrically adjustable driver's seat
Fully electrically adjustable front passenger seat
Heated front seats
Height adjustable front head restraints
Height/reach adjustable steering column
ISOFIX child seat mounting and top tether
Luggage compartment carpet
Massage function for front seats
Mode 3 32amp charging cable - Type 2
Perforated leather gearknob
Rear seat bench plus
Removable luggage compartment floor
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
Tool kit
Trunk roller cover
Packs
Extended leather pack - Q5
High gloss pack - Q5
Non Smokers pack
Safety
3 point seatbelts on all seats
6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags
Electromechanical parking brake
Electronic stabilisation control including ABS, ASR and EDL
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Hill descent control
Hill hold assist
Multi collision brake assist
Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection
Pre sense city
Seat belt force limiter
Seatbelt monitoring
Tyre pressure warning
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Security
Anti theft alarm
Anti-theft wheel bolts
Keyless Go access/ignition system
Remote central locking
Technical
Dynamic suspension
Quattro on demand
Trim
Matt brushed aluminium inlays
Electric Vehicle Data
Battery Capacity in kWh 14.1
Battery Charge Slow kW 7.4
Battery Charge Slow Percentage 0-100
Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes) 149
Battery Type Lithium-ion
Coupler/Connector Type Type 2
NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles 32
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage 100000
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years 8
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb 43
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max 41
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min 43
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb 26.7
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max 25.4
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min 26.7
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 49
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Emissions - PHEV
WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb 56
WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max 60
WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min 56
Engine and Drive Train
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1984
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 7 SPEED
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
Fuel Consumption - PHEV
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb 8.4
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Max 8.8
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Min 8.4
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb 33.6
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Max 32.1
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Min 33.6
WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb 2.4
WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max 2.7
WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min 2.4
WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb 117.7
WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max 104.6
WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min 117.7
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying Yes
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 367
Coin Description TFSI e Quattro
Coin Series Competition
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 41E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 93
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 86
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 73
NCAP Safety Assist % 58
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 9000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 5.3
Engine Power - BHP 367
Engine Power - KW 270
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 369
Engine Torque - MKG 51
Engine Torque - NM 500
Engine Torque - RPM 1600
Top Speed 148
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 5 SEGMENT SPOKE
Wheel Type 20" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1659
Length 4663
Wheelbase 2819
Width 1893
Width (including mirrors) 2140
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 54
Gross Vehicle Weight 2225
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1550
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 550
Max. Loading Weight 195
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1750
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 2030
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.7

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £444.83 p/m £477.66 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £466.67 p/m £505.19 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £512.29 p/m £561.73 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £558.71 p/m £644.33 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £596.78 p/m £697.46 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £633.93 p/m £115.31 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £436.46 p/m £475.18 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £456.04 p/m £503.19 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £501.27 p/m £576.30 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £541.88 p/m £83.69 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £571.73 p/m £130.47 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £604.89 p/m £143.27 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £440.23 p/m £494.54 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £442.64 p/m £506.90 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £510.37 p/m £110.02 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £549.86 p/m £687.62 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £562.02 p/m £149.79 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £533.80 p/m £573.19 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £560.01 p/m £606.23 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £614.75 p/m £674.08 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £670.46 p/m £773.20 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £716.14 p/m £836.96 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £760.72 p/m £138.37 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £523.75 p/m £570.21 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £547.24 p/m £603.83 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £601.52 p/m £691.56 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £650.26 p/m £100.43 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £686.08 p/m £156.56 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £725.87 p/m £171.92 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £528.27 p/m £593.45 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £531.17 p/m £608.28 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £612.44 p/m £132.02 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £659.83 p/m £825.15 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £674.42 p/m £179.75 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Contract Length
Initial Rental
Annual Mileage
Include Maintenance

An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Audi exclusive paint £2,400.00
Electric panoramic glass sunroof £1,400.00
Manual folding towbar £765.00
Metallic paint £675.00
Pearlescent paint £675.00
Special solid paint £675.00
Interior Features
Comfort remote pre conditioning £100.00
Packs
Parking Assistance Pack - Q5 £1,350.00
Storage pack - Q5 £175.00
Tour pack - Q5 £1,250.00
Paintwork
Audi Exclusive - Custom £2,400.00
Metallic - Floret silver £675.00
Metallic - Glacier white £675.00
Metallic - Manhattan grey £675.00
Metallic - Moonlight Blue £675.00
Metallic - Mythos black £675.00
Metallic - Navarra blue £675.00
Pearl - Daytona grey £675.00
Solid - Brilliant black FOC
Solid - Ibis white FOC
Special solid - Quantum grey £675.00
Trim
Fine nappa leather - Black with Rock Grey stitching FOC
Fine Nappa leather - Rotor grey with anthracite stitching FOC
Wheels
21" 5 Arm polygon design sport alloy wheels £1,500.00
* option prices shown are estimated