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I understand that I can unsubscribe at any time. When the electric motor and gasoline engine work together through the dual-clutch transmission the results are superb, with the electric motor filling in and damping out any interruptions or shift shocks. For an extra $10,000—or maybe much less, after tax credits—Audi promises more efficiency, more performance, and more exterior paint choices. Practically,, pricing starts in the mid-$40,000 range—or not much higher than base Q5 versions. My old English teacher, Mrs. Fraser, used to tell me that the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. In Dynamic mode that moves to 40 percent and toggles on the powertrain’s own Sport mode. It will likely cost close to where 3.0 TFSI models are today, near $53,395, including destination. The acceleration is just as impressive, but it all feels a bit more... adult than the Q5, likely owing to the car's increased mass acting as a damper for some of the forces in play.

Stop us if you've heard this part before, but the plug-in model runs up from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, or almost a second faster than the standard A8 V-6. I agree to receive emails from Green Car Reports. I am already a huge fan of this car, as it offers a solid amount of luxury and technology wrapped in an attractive shell that isn't uncomfortable on longer journeys. That's definitely intentional, as Audi wants its PHEVs to look and feel like regular ol' Audis as much as possible. That is, of course, except for the big ol' charging port cover on the side, but it looks just like a gas flap. Off we go—and wait, who is this intended for? This idea, I find out, has its ups and downs.

The system works so well that I never once feel the need to interject with my own mode selection. Both cars are smooth and quiet enough that it's not always easy to tell which half is providing motive force. It's not a surprise that you're going to pay more for a plug-in-hybrid variant of the 2020 Audi A8 or Q5, but you'll also be getting more. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at, GMC Hummer EV Does Zero to 60 in 3 Seconds Flat, 480-HP Mustang Mach 1 Handling Pack Costs $3500, GMC Hummer Starts Off with $112,595 Edition 1, 2022 GMC Hummer EV to Come with Super Cruise, GMC Tweets Photo of 2022 Hummer EV Pickup, Musk Says Autopilot FSD Beta Will Start Tonight. But then again, there's not a whole lot of gamification here, either. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion. There’s a point of resistance in the accelerator travel that follows mode selection and although it’s subtle at first, you learn to understand where it is. Both versions come with Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive and look similar enough that you'll probably have to check the badges to see which version you're looking at, unless their exterior paint is Turbo Blue or Daytona Gray, as those colors are exclusive to the PHEV (and, just to keep you on your toes, the SQ5). Thus, it ditches the four-pot in favor of a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, boosting net output to 449 hp and 516 lb-ft. Its electric motor still lives between the engine and transmission, but the cog-swapper in this case is an eight-speed automatic, and the electric motor's output is slightly lower at 134 hp.

The Q5 PHEV also gets what should be a noticeable acceleration boost, going from zero to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds, nearly a second faster than the non-electrified Q5. In keeping with the price premium of $10,000 or so for the plug-in-hybrid powertrain, the 2020 A8 60 TFSI e starts at $94,995, while the non-PHEV A8 can be had for $86,195. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links. Electrification strategies follow the same line of reasoning -- instead of jamming as many battery-electric vehicles into dealerships as fast as humanly possible, consumers appreciate approaching new technologies with baby steps. The Q5 plug-in hybrid comes with resistive heating and an electric air conditioning compressor, as well as a heat-pump system that scavenges waste heat from power electronics to recover up to 3 kw of heat from 1 kw inputted. * *0% APR, no down payment required on new, unused 2020 Audi A3/S3 Sedan, A4/S4 Sedan, A6/S6 Sedan, A7/S7 Sportback, A8/S8 Sedan, Q5/SQ5 or Audi Q7/SQ7 financed by Audi Financial Services through participating dealers. Us Yankees will get three flavors of Audi PHEVs: The A7, A8 and Q5. Most coasting situations trigger no regeneration, only beginning to harvest energy upon a press of the pedal, running counter to how many other automakers do it. Armed with that understanding, we took possession of a Q5 plug-in hybrid for about 90 minutes.

In the Q5, unlike the super-hushed A8 plug-in hybrid we also drove, you both feel and hear the 2.0-liter turbo-4 start and run. Our car experts choose every product we feature. With one accidental start of the engine, we managed about 27 miles (44 km) on a full charge. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. Given the PHEVs wield a 14.1-kWh battery, that means buyers will be eligible for about $6,700 in federal tax incentives. Charging the Q5 plug-in hybrid takes less than 2.5 hours on Level 2 charge point you might find at a shopping center or have installed in your garage thanks to the included 7.7-kwh onboard charger. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. The most telling thing will be where (and how widely) Audi offers these plug-in hybrids.

It was enough to size up this plug-in’s mission, compare it to the somewhat different configuration of the A8 plug-in hybrid we also drove, and ask, well, who exactly wants a plug-in Q5? The story is the same inside, where you'd be hard-pressed to find the few minor changes on the vehicles I'm driving. That compares favorably to the other gas-powered A8 Audi sells in the U.S., which comes with a 4.0-liter TFSI V-8 and produces 453 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque.

This is common in the auto industry, as it's far more economical to ship journalists to cars than to ship cars to journalists. Stock photography by. Push past it and the engine fires up. As for the federal plug-in vehicle tax benefits for the A8, Audi says eligible buyers can expect a federal credit of up to $6795, or a total increased cost of just over $2000.

All Rights Reserved. Adding a 14.1-kilowatt-hour battery makes some good cars even better. While that's a tax-liability reduction and not a dollar-for-dollar discount on the window sticker, it could help soften the blow of what will likely be a decent price tag -- until so many people buy them that the automaker runs out of credits to give.

They will provide a solid footing in tradition but give charging-curious customers lots of chances to dabble in all-electric motoring as much as they feel comfortable with. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. Instead, it’s going to wedge slightly different (and different-sized) fully electric vehicles—and maybe some niche vehicles—into every nook and cranny in between. The PHEV uses the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine found in the A8 L 55 TFSI model, but instead of the 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque available from the gas-only powertrain, the PHEV offers up 443 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

Audi sells more Q5 crossovers in the U.S. than any of its other models. The gasoline-powered A8 gets just 21 mpg combined.

In short, what distinguishes this new round of plug-in hybrids is a strong 141-horsepower electric motor, and a liquid-cooled 14.1-kwh battery pack, small- to medium-suitcase sized and tucked under the cargo area in a way that doesn’t interfere with cargo or seat-folding. The gas-powered A8 V-8 starts at $97,795. If you're driving the gas-only Q8, you're looking at getting just 18 miles per gallon (combined). Higher trims of the plug-in-hybrid Q5 include the Premium Plus, which costs $57,595, and the Prestige, which is priced at $61,345.
Dynamic mode will automatically activate the Sport powertrain mode and engine-on hybrid operation. Realistically, in any of these modes you don’t need to follow the gauge, either.

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