Upgraded Audi Q5 TSFi e plug-in hybrid on its way to NZ

The plug-in hybrid version of Audi's popular Q5 is making its way to New Zealand, benefitting from updates to TFSI e models which now come with even greater battery capacity.

Apr 19, 2023

The lithium-ion battery in Audi's TFSI e plug-in hybrid models now deliver 14.4kWh net (17.9kWh gross) allowing for an increased electric-only range of up to 73km according to WLTP testing. The increase in zero emission range makes the Q5 TFSI e the perfect accompaniment to a cleaner commute in the city.

The plug-in hybrid drive of the Audi Q5 TFSI e combines the strengths of an electric drive with the advantages of a TFSI combustion engine.

The updates to the TFSI e model's battery takes maximum charging capacity to 7.4kW. This allows the Audi PHEV models to be fully charged in around two-and-a-half hours when connected to a sufficiently powerful power connection. The dimensions of the lithium-ion battery have not changed despite its increased energy content, meaning the luggage capacity, usability, and variability of this crowd pleasing SUV remain unchanged.

Combining size, performance and functionality, the Audi Q5 TFSI e plug-in hybrid SUV brings all the benefits of electric to your everyday drive. And as you would expect, it remains as practical for the everyday as you would hope an SUV of its size would.

Luggage capacity in the Q5 TFSI e is 465-litres with all seats in place. With the rear bench seat folded down, the maximum usable space for luggage increases to 1,405-litres. The luggage compartment floor is still level as well, despite the hybridised set-up underneath the skin, meaning the boot remains designed without a step.

With a range of charging options available for the plug-in hybrid both at home and on the road, the Audi Q5 TFSI e is the perfect SUV for everyday life. Any journey will allow the driver to switch between fully electric, combustion, or the efficient combination of both in Hybrid mode.

The Q5 TFSI e S Line has another new feature: in addition to the familiar “EV”, “Auto", and “Hold" operating modes, there is now a fourth mode called “Charge”. This allows the battery to be charged by the combustion engine while driving if necessary.

Priced from $114,990 plus on-road costs, the Q5 50 TFSI e has a system output of 220kW. It combines a 2.0 TFSI engine with the electric motor that is integrated in the seven-speed S tronic direct-shift transmission.