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Road Test: 2012 Audi Q5 hybrid quattro

July 30, 2012

Audi Q5 hybrid quattro 2012_01Audi Q5 hybrid quattro is the first hybrid model from Audi. In 1997 Audi built a limited edition of Audi Duo hybrid cars. The Audi Duo was based on the Audi A4 Avant. However, the car was ahead of its time and didn’t create much interestest. Thing have changed a lot among car buyers since then so the new Q5 hybrid quattro will probably have much better success on the market. From the outside, the Q5 hybrid quattro can be recognized by its fully painted bumpers, new 19-inch wheels and small hybrid emblems in the tailgate. Inside, a special instruments display replaces the tachometer. Otherwise, it looks much the same as the basic Q5. The all-white Q5 looks nice, but much more interesting is the technology that it contains.

Audi Q5 hybrid quattro is a parallel hybrid. It comes with a 2.0 TFSI petrol engine with produces 211 hp and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque. This engine is available for the Q5 also without the hybrid technology. The additional electric motor in the hybrid model has a peak power output of 40 kW (54 hp) and peak torque of 210 Nm (154.89 lb-ft). The electric motor gets its energy from a lithium-ion battery system weighing a mere 36,7 kg (80.91 lb). This compact unit is located beneath the cargo floor. When the petrol unit and the electric motor work together, the system can briefly deliver a maximum output of 245 hp and 480 Nm (354.03 lb-ft).

The power is transferred to the quattro-drivetrain through a highly modified, eight-speed tiptronic-automatic transmission. The is no torque converter as its mounting space is taken by the electric motor. The electric motor is combined with a multi-plate clutch, which connects and disconnects the electric motor and the TFSI when needed. The Audi Q5 hybrid quattro can be driven with the combustion engine alone, with the electric drive alone or in a hybrid mode. The hybrid control module chooses the best operating mode at any given time, but if the driver wants to use the electric mode as much as possible, the EV driving mode can be activated by a press of a button. In electric mode, it is possible to drive up to three kilometers at a constant speed of 60 km/h. In electric mode the speed is 100 km/h. The EV driving mode emptys the battery quite quickly, but the efficient regenerative braking system recharges the battery almost as quickly. The electric drive is a nice feature especially at the parking lot. The big car moves easily just with the electric motor at low speeds. But if you need to accelerate to a higher speed, you need to use the petrol engine.

The hybrid system improves the fuel efficiency compared to the Q5 equipped with the 2.0 TFSI petrol engine alone. The combined fuel consumption is just 6,9 l/100km. A one litre less then in the 2.0 TFSI model. However, in reality the fuel consumption gets easily quite a lot bigger. So if you are looking just for a small fuel consumption, you should get your Q5 with a diesel engine. The Q5 might not be the most fuel efficient hybrid car, but it is very enjoyable to drive. Thanks to the boosting effect of the electric motor, the top torque of 480 Nm provides quite impressive performance for this SUV. The Audi Q5 hybrid quattro can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds, while the top speed is 225 km/h.



  • Petrol
  • 4-cylinder
  • 1984cc
  • Turbo
  • Hybrid


  • 180 kW (245 hp)


  • 480 Nm


  • 8-speed automatic
  • AWD

0-100km/h / 0-62mph

  • 7.1 seconds

Top speed

  • 225 km/h

Fuel consumption

  • 6.9 l/100km

CO2 emissions

  • 159 g/km

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