Audi Q5 55 TFSI e plug-in hybrid: price, specs and on-sale date

Details of the new Audi Q5 plug-in hybrid revealed ahead of order books opening in June

The new Audi Q5 55 TFSI e plug-in hybrid will cost around £55,000 when order books open early next month, the German company has announced.

First announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the Q5 PHEV will deliver 26 miles of electric range, allowing speeds of up to 84mph on battery power alone.

Equipped with a Type 2 charging socket, a maximum charge rate of 7.4kW should see a full top-up from a home wallbox charger complete in around two hours.

Charging the 14.1kWh battery – located under the boot floor – from a domestic three-pin plug will take around six hours.

A 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine works in tandem with an electric motor to produce a total of 362bhp, resulting in a 0-62mph figure of 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 148mph.

All-wheel drive is provided, although the system reverts to front-wheel drive automatically when the latter is more efficient.

According to Audi, the Q5 plug-in hybrid achieves 113mpg fuel economy under the WLTP test procedure, with official CO2 emissions of 49g/km.

Like many other plug-in hybrids, the Q5 offers multiple driving modes: the Hybrid setting uses sat-nav data to calculate when to deploy electrical power to maximise efficiency over the course of a journey.

This is boosted by Audi’s ‘predictive efficiency assistant’ system, which also uses information from the sat nav – as well as monitoring the car ahead – to automatically adjust the level of regenerative braking (the technology that recycles energy otherwise lost when slowing down).

Meanwhile, switching between EV and Battery Hold modes allows the driver to manually control the use of the electric motor.

As for standard equipment, the Q5 plug-in hybrid comes with LED headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, electrically adjustable sports seats with massage function and three-zone climate control in S line trim.

Audi’s ‘Technology Pack’ also incorporates MMI Navigation and the firm’s virtual cockpit infotainment system.

Drivers can also use the myAudi app to check the car’s charging status, as well as remotely programme charging times and pre-heat or pre-cool the interior prior to a journey.