Audi A6 hybrid: 55 TFSI e plug-in model joins range

Large executive saloon is latest Audi to get a PHEV variant

Audi A6

Audi has confirmed details of the '55 TFSI e' plug-in hybrid version of its A6 executive saloon – a direct rival for the BMW 530e and Mercedes E-Class hybrid.

It joins the already-unveiled A7, A8, Q5 and Q7 plug-in hybrids in the German brand's line-up. Total power output from the four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor is 362bhp, while maximum torque is 500Nm.

A 14.1kWh battery offers an electric driving range of up to 33 miles and the car can travel at motorway speeds on battery power alone. With the motor and engine working in unison, 0-62mph takes 5.6 seconds and the top speed is limited to 155mph.

Claimed fuel economy stands at 134 to 149mpg, while CO2 emissions will range from 42 to 47g/km depending on exact specification, assuring low company-car tax and granting exemption from the London Congestion Charge until October 2021.

Three drive modes give the driver control over the hybrid drivetrain: EV mode prioritises electric running, Hybrid mode lets the car work out the most efficient combination of petrol and electric power itself and Hold mode preserves charge in the battery for use at a later point in the journey.

The A6 hybrid will charge at up to 7.4kW from a home wallbox or public charging point; an empty battery can therefore be replenished in around two-and-a-half hours.

An exact UK price for the A6 TFSI e has yet to be confirmed, but it'll retail in Germany starting from €68,850, which converts to just under £59,000 at time of writing.