New 2019 Audi Q5 hybrid TFSI e: pics, prices and performance

Audi's new Q5 hybrid is available to order, sporting 362hp and a 26-mile electric only range

James Wilson
Oct 17, 2019

The recently launched 2019 Audi Q5 TFSI e is the first Q5 plug-in hybrid. Its electrification process has been thorough (something the specifications, performance and even prices below will confirm) with the German SUV good for a theoretical all-electric range of 26-miles and total power output of 362hp.

Quick facts

  • Prices start at £54,910
  • 26-mile all-electric range
  • Full charge in six hours
  • Claimed fuel economy of 113mpg
  • Total power output of 362hp
  • Deliveries expected by the end of 2019

The Q5 has been a strong seller for Audi, filling the gap in its lineup between the smaller Q3 and much larger Q7. Outside the stables of Audi however, the Q5 TFSI e has its work cut out as there are a number of talented hybrid rivals currently on sale. Examples include the Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine and Lexus NX, plus there is a range of new or updated rivals due to go on sale in the near future, such as the BMW X3 xDrive30e.

Read on to find out more about this new Audi Q5 Hybrids pricing, engines, interior and more.

2019 Audi Q5 hybrid prices 

The hybrid Audi Q5 starts at £54,910 moving up to £66,425 for cars in Vorsprung Competition guise. It’s available to order now, with deliveries expected to start in the final quarter of 2019.

Despite being the “entry-level” model, S Line Competition variants still offer Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, keyless entry and front/rear parking sensors. While air conditioning, auto-dimming rearview mirror, cruise control and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are included also.

There are a handful of optional extras, though. Such as the £1,400 panoramic glass roof and £1,500 21-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels. Moving away from either solid black or white paint will also cost you an additional £675.

Venturing up to the “range-topping” Vorsprung Competition brings with it all the latest technology Audi has to offer. Including matrix LED headlights (lights made up of multiple bulbs, which automatically dim areas where your car detects traffic to keep more of the road lit while you drive) head-up display and a Bang and Olufsen sound system. That said, a tow bar will set you back £765 should you need to pull something down the road.

2019 Audi Q5 hybrid engines

The Audi Q5 hybrid is claimed to have a total combined power output of 362hp from the combustion engine and electric motor with 500Nm of torque. 

The engine itself is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol which produces 249hp and 370Nm of torque on it's own, while the electrical side of the powertrain produces 141hp and 350Nm of torque. The science involved means it's not as simple as just adding these two figures together though.

Both Q5 TFSI e models come with a seven-speed automatic gearbox and Quattro four-wheel drive, which help ensure a 0-62mph time of 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 148mph. Unlike other models in the Audi lineup, the Quattro system is not permanent. It only the front wheels are driven until the car senses slip and engages the rear wheels.

Under the WLTP testing procedure for hybrids, Audi claims an economy figure of 113mpg with emissions of 49 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre of driving. What drivers will achieve in the real world will greatly depend on how often they charge their car and the distance they travel. Only ever take journeys up to 26 miles and your emissions could (in theory) be zero alongside an infinite mpg figure.

2019 Audi Q5 hybrid equipment

The Q5 PHEV (plug-in electric vehicle) uses regenerative braking to send energy back to the battery pack that would have otherwise been lost. This is pretty standard practice for hybrids, but Audi claims that its predictive efficiency assistant (PEA) goes one step further.

Using a combination of information from the navigation system and various onboard sensors, the Q5 identifies opportunities to recuperate energy. When adaptive cruise control is in operation this will occur without input from the driver, but during normal driving, the car will vibrate its accelerator pedal and show a prompt on the dash telling motorists to lift off the throttle.

If specified, the optional head-up display will also suggest the best time to lift off the accelerator to maximise the energy savings, while also indicating why the speed limit is changing, such as downhill sections of road or traffic ahead.

The climate control system furthers energy recirculation, which captures waste heat from the high-voltage electronics and uses it to warm the cabin - in a similar way to most cars which capture waste heat from their engines. Further to this, the myAudi app can be used to heat or cool your car before you get in. Depending on which model Q5 hybrid you opt for, this can extend to turning on equipment such as the heated steering wheel, seats and door mirrors.

There are three driving modes to choose from which can be selected using a button in the cockpit. By default, the car starts in “EV mode”, which sets out to power the car using only the battery pack. Once you press the accelerator past a certain point however, “Hybrid Mode” will kick in.

Hybrid Mode allows the car to decide where it is best to get its power and also when to allow the electric motor to brake regeneratively and put charge back into the battery pack. Finally, there is “Battery Hold” mode, which prevents the use of the battery, the idea being you save your charge for areas you need it most, such as in cities.

2019 Audi Q5 hybrid electric range

From a full charge, Audi claims that the Q5 TFSI e is capable of driving at least 26 miles on battery power alone. Pure electric motoring is possible up to speeds of 84mph thanks to a 105kW electric motor and 14 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. For comparison, one of the most compelling electric cars on sale – the Nissan Leaf – comes with a 40kWh battery pack and has a claimed 168-mile range.

Audi supplies the hybrid Q5 with a “compact charging system” which can come with an optional wall holder. The plug is a “Type 2”, the European standard. The actual cable is classed as “Mode 3” with the number 3 indicating how hi-tech the cable is. Put simply mode 3 means the car and charger can communicate with one another to help speed up or slow down the charging process.

Using a standard household socket, Audi claims you can fully charge a Q5 TFSI e from empty in six hours. Although, that figure comes from using a 220V plug, so charging times may vary slightly using a UK household plug. There is also the myAudi app, which can be used to find charging stations, check your car’s charge status and set a charge timer to help ensure you are only using cheaper off-peak electricity.

2019 Audi Q5 hybrid interior

*standard Audi Q5 picture for illustrative purposes

The interior of the Q5 TFSI e is unchanged from the standard Q5, which means you get the same high levels of quality. The design is simple and functional, with all the controls and interior fixings feeling solid and upmarket.

The dashboard features a central 8.3-inch display which is controlled via a rotary dial and touchpad in front of the gear knob - voice control is included, too. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit mentioned above replaces traditional dials with a digital display in front of the driver.

2019 Audi Q5 hybrid review

We are yet to get behind the wheel of the 2019 Audi Q5 TFSI e hybrid, but hybridisation of internal combustion cars tends to follow the same pattern.

There is extra weight, thanks to the addition of the battery pack and motor but also extra performance, again, thanks to the battery pack and motor.

Whether or not the Q5 PHEV is top of its class will depend on how well Audi distributes the extra weight and how it delivers the hybrid power. Keep checking our car buying guides for when our in-depth review arrives.


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