2020 Audi Q7 60 TFSIe verdict

The Audi Q7 60 TFSIe brings plug-in hybrid power to our favourite luxury SUV. It looks good on paper, but what’s it like in real life?...

2020 Audi Q7 60 TFSIe rear alt

Pricing for the 60 TFSIe is yet to be announced, but estimates suggest that it’ll start from £66,500 in Sport guise, while a Vorsprung Competition version similar to the one we drove will be more like £74,500. Unfortunately, that means it costs a similar amount to the more practical XC90 T8, and while the 60 TFSIe may be nicer to drive, we can’t overlook its lack of a third row of seats.

Plus, because its electric-only range isn't particularly long and its CO2 emissions are likely to be more than 50g/km, you won’t be able to take advantage of any further BIK tax reduction for low-emissions vehicles. We’d also expect the petrol engine to prove far thirstier than the old diesel one, too. 

You can get £500 towards a home charger, which would be ideally suited to the 60 TFSIe's maximum charging rate of 7.4kW (that will take 2.5 hours to recharge from 0-100%), but this would obviously require you to have a driveway or designated parking space with access to electricity – a luxury many living in a city don’t have.

Overall, then, the 60 TFSIe is likely to make sense to a limited number of company car drivers, and perhaps the 55 TFSIe might be better value. Private buyers are unlikely to be swayed towards either plug-in hybrid version of the Q7, because even the cheaper model will cost an additional £10,000 over our recommended 45 TDI S line diesel, so you’ll need to charge an awful lot to make up that difference. Factor in the lack of a third row and a smaller boot and not only is it less recommendable than the 45 TDI but also the XC90 T8.

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What Car? says...

Rated 3 out of 5


Audi Q7 60 TFSIe quattro Vorsprung Competition

Price £74,500 (est) Engine 6cyl, 2995cc, turbo, petrol, plus electric motor Power 449bhp (combined) Torque 516lb ft (combined) Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-62mph tbc Top speed tbc Fuel economy tbc CO2, tax band tbc

Rivals Volvo XC90 T8, BMW X5 xDrive45e


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