2019 Audi Q5 55 TFSIe verdict

The Audi Q5 55 TFSIe is the latest SUV to join the plug-in hybrid party. It looks good on paper, but how does it perform on the road?...

2019 Audi Q5 TFSI e cornering

Due in part to the TFSIe models being available only in S line trim and above, they're not cheap. Prices for the 50 TFSIe start at a whisker under £50,000, while the 55 TFSIe we tried is knocking on the door of £55,000. 

That’s a lot more than the 40 TDI diesel Q5 we currently recommend, but then you’re getting far more performance and significantly cheaper BIK tax bills. If you’re a company car user, the hybrid makes a huge amount of sense. Just remember that good old diesel will be more efficient on long trips and require no charging. You’ll get a bigger boot, too.

And how does the newcomer compare with the XC60 T8? Well, we suspect the 55 TFSIe is the better option, because it feels sharper and rides more smoothly. However, to be sure, we'll be pitting the cars against each other in the December issue of What Car? magazine.

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What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5

Audi Q5 55 TFSIe S line Competition specification

Price £55,575 Engine 4cyl, 1984cc, turbo, petrol, plus electric motor Power 362bhp @ 5000-6000rpm (combined) Torque 369lb ft @ 1600-4500rpm (combined) Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic 0-62mph 5.3sec Top speed 140mph Fuel economy 111.7mpg (WLTP combined) CO2, tax band 49g/km, 16% (NEDC)

Rivals BMW X3, Volvo XC60 

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