Audi A7 hybrid MPG, CO2 & charging
Official figures promise low emissions and high fuel economy – but the A7 TFSI e’s battery must be used regularly to get close to claimed numbers
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|141-157mpg||40-46g/km||28-31 miles||c.2hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7kW)|
As with all types of car (fully electric, plug-in hybrid and conventionally fuelled), the Audi A7 TFSI e’s claimed economy and emissions figures don’t paint the full picture in terms of what you can expect in the real world. For example, without regular charging, motorists can’t hope to come close to the official claims.
You can choose between three modes. The first, Hybrid, uses sat-nav data to decide whether to run in petrol-electric or pure-electric mode. Next is EV, which solely relies on the battery for power unless there’s not enough charge or the accelerator is pressed hard enough to warrant extra assistance from the engine.
Last but not least is Battery Hold, which aims to preserve the charge of the battery. Thus is useful if you’ll be driving into a low-emissions zone later on in your journey.
Audi A7 hybrid MPG & CO2 emissions
Audi claims that the maximum electric driving range of its plug-in A7 is 31 miles. Around 20 miles is very much achievable in the real world assuming a mixture of normal driving conditions, including some motorway time.
Regularly making full use of the battery is a must if there’s to be any hope of approaching the A7 TFSI e’s official fuel-economy figures of 141-157mpg. Furthermore, CO2 emissions of 46g/km (at most) ensure low company-car tax – and exemption from the London Congestion Charge until October 2021.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi A7 TFSI e is good-looking, technologically advanced and efficient plug-in hybrid executive car, but it fails to impress enough to warrant its high price tag
- 2MPG, CO2 & charging - currently readingOfficial figures promise low emissions and high fuel economy – but the A7 TFSI e’s battery must be used regularly to get close to claimed numbers
- 3Running costsLow running costs are a feature of the Audi A7 TFSI e, even if high insurance groups ruin the party somewhat
- 4Engines, drive & performanceAudi’s A7 hybrid offers plenty of pace, even if it isn’t a match for the diesel and petrol-powered A7s when it comes to driver engagement
- 5Interior & comfortThe A7 TFSI e delivers in all areas an upmarket Audi is expected to, while adding a dash of sportiness to the equation
- 6Practicality & boot spaceSUVs and estate cars may be inherently more practical than sleek four-door coupes, but the A7 TFSI e isn’t as far behind as you might think
- 7Reliability & safetyThe A7 TFSI e has a strong safety rating, but Audi’s customer-satisfaction scores are disappointing for what’s perceived as a premium brand