The best-selling SUV of the Q range in the world wears the sports suit and adds a second variation of bodywork to the range. Range that today is all hybrid, between mild hybrid and plug-in (Tfsi e), with the latter offering two power levels: 299 or 367 hp, for a declared range of 62 km in electric. It is already in dealerships at a starting price of 62,750 euros
The SUV segment is of fundamental importance for the German brand, since it represents 50% of sales. This version with the sleek roof winks at those who want a different, more dynamic style and with the Q5 Sportback the electrification process of the available engines continues. The new Q5 50 Tfsi is able to travel with zero emissions for about 60 km and offers the technological solutions of the Mib 3 platform to improve the experience on board. The price starts from 62,750 euros.
AUDI Q5 Sportback 50 TFSI E: HOW IT’S MADE
The stylistic innovations of this version mainly affect the tail section, where the sloping roof is characterized by a dedicated spoiler and a similar extractor specific for this model. Other aesthetic touches are represented by blister of the wheel arches, to underline the brand’s quattro “vocation”, and the ribs on the rear of the sides. This body variant is offered in four trim levels (Sportback, Business, Advanced S line and S line plus), which include interesting accessories, such as full Led Matrix headlights, Oled rear lights, suspension with pneumatic spring shock absorbers and second level driving assistance. Included in the price is the sports suspension, the 18 ”wheels and the three-zone climate. The infotainment system can count on all the functions of the Mib 3 platform, the most advanced of the group, and also offers Car to X services, if the infrastructure is present to allow the Q5 Sportback to communicate with the rest of the environment. As usual, the interior is very neat and the ergonomics are excellent. Quality materials and design chase each other throughout the passenger compartment, which is still able to comfortably accommodate 4/5 people, even if in the center the comfort is not the same as the side seats. The trunk loses 10 liters compared to the traditional Q5, but we must report a different capacity for the hybrid versions, since with them there are 455 liters available, however sufficient, for the most diverse needs.
AUDI Q5 Sportback 50 TFSI E: HOW DOES IT GO
For this test we decided to focus on the rechargeable hybrid version with a power of 299 Hp. It is a powertrain that combines the 2.0-liter 265 hp petrol engine with the electric module powered by a 17.9 kWh lithium-ion battery. The engine is integrated into the 7-speed double clutch gearbox and according to the manufacturer guarantees a distance of 62 km in electric only. We have found that indeed, with a little eye, it is possible to reach these numbers, also because it is a very effective system in the management and recovery of energy. The electrical part relies on a 143 hp engine and 350 Nm of torque, while it takes 8 hours from the domestic socket to recharge the battery. The system accepts only single-phase alternating current and from a standard column it is possible to completely recharge the accumulator in about 2-3 hours. The system, which benefits from the latest updates, lives in perfect symbiosis and the alternation of electric and thermal motor is always imperceptible. From the monitors you can check the interaction and ride data to understand if and how to best adapt the style to the various situations. in Auto, the system autonomously manages the shutdown and intervention of the petrol engine; in Battery Hold the energy saving benefits a subsequent travel phase and in Battery Charge the system recharges the battery (with a slight additional fuel consumption) to guarantee 100% when necessary and further reduce consumption. You can also choose to use the Q5 Sportback as if it were a fully electric model and in this situation it is possible to reach even 135 km / h. In the sportiest mode, with the battery charged, the engine is ready and you can appreciate the thrust of the electric at the low end, while the 2.0-liter does the rest of the work and, if desired, would extend to over 230 km / h. The sportiness for this variant, however, is exclusively on the aesthetic level. In fact, a few kilometers are enough to realize how the Q5 Sportback is devoted to comfort, given the total soundproofing and the setting of the driving position.
AUDI Q5 Sportback 50 TFSI E: ADVANTAGES AND DEFECTS
Like it: the hybrid system is able to work very well in all environments and gives this car of size L considerable distances; despite the weight of the hybrid versions (just over 2,000 kg), the Q5 Sportback in dynamic mode performs well even when you want to stretch in the mixed.
Do not like: the logic of the efficiency mode tends to discard the heat engine as much as possible and on roads with many curves you feel the lack of a little traditional engine brake; the options are many and the prices can reach quite high.
AUDI Q5 50/55 TFSI E: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Engine: four-cylinder in-line turbo petrol with direct injection; 1,984 of the Italian Civil Code; four valves per cylinder; bore x stroke 82.5 x 92.8 mm; Euro 6d-Isc-Fcm homologation; maximum power 265 Hp (194 kW) between 5,000 rpm and 6,000 rpm; maximum torque 370 Nm between 1,550 rpm and 3,500 rpm.
Electric motor: synchronous with permanent magnets; maximum power 143 Hp (106 kW); maximum torque 350 Nm.
Total maximum power: 299/367 Cv (180-269 kW).
Maximum overall torque: 500 Nm.
Battery: lithium ions; capacity 17.9 kWh; autonomy in electric 62 km.
Change: 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch.
Dimensions: length 4,700 mm; width 1,846 mm; height 1,666 mm; pitch 2,820 mm; luggage capacity 500 liters; fuel tank capacity 45 liters.
Consumption: 1.6 – 1.8 liters / 100 km (combined cycle Wltp).
CO2 emissions: 39 – 43 g / km (combined Wltp cycle).
Weight: 2,010 kg (empty).
Price: from 62,750 euros.
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