More power and great efficiency.
Audi offers the e-tron and e-tron Sportback for buyers who are ready for electric car ownership. But for shoppers who would prefer to dip a toe into these greener waters, Audi now offers a trio of plug-in hybrid models in the United States. The 2021 Audi Q5 Hybrid, the 2021 Audi A7 Hybrid, and 2021 Audi A8 Hybrid are all on sale now, offering torque-rich performance with the ability to drive on electric power alone. Along with the e-tron models, Audi expects these three PHEVs to help it electrify 30% of its lineup by 2025.
We've had pricing for the A7 55 TFSI e and A8 60 TFSI, but Audi just revealed full details for the Q5 TFSI e. The plug-in hybrid model includes the same facelifted styling found on the 2021 Q5, as well as the new MIB 3 infotainment system in the cabin. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged TFSI engine, which, combined with an electric motor, produces 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
Surprisingly, the Q5 PHEV is more potent than the V6-powered SQ5, which produces 349 hp and the same 369 lb-ft of torque. Not only is the hybrid more powerful, but it's also less expensive, starting at $51,900 for the Premium trim, $55,800 for the Premium Plus, and $61,700 for the Prestige.
The SQ5 costs $1,000 more to start, and to make the Q5 PHEV even more appealing, it comes with a potential $6,712 federal tax incentive. The Q5 PHEV is a bit slower than the SQ5 at 5.0 seconds to 60 mph (compared to 4.7 seconds) but it comes with the added advantage of a 19-mile all-electric range.
The A7 and A8 PHEV models may not encroach on the performance of their S7 and S8 counterparts, but both offer tremendous value in their respective model lineups. The Audi A7 55 TFSI e uses the same drivetrain as the Q5 TFSI e, yielding a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds and a 24-mile electric driving range. It may cost more than its non-hybrid counterpart at $74,900 for the Premium Plus trim and $80,250 for the Prestige trim, but with the tax incentive factored in, it's actually less expensive.
Audi positioned the A8 PHEV a bit differently with a more powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 producing a total output of 443 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. These performance figures put the A8 PHEV on a similar footing with the V8-powered model with a 4.9-second 0-60 mph time, only it's less expensive at $95,900 plus the incentive.