Nice driving report here with the Audi Q5 2.0T quattro hybrid. Enjoy!
The company says it’s the sportiest hybrid SUV going, and we’re having a hard time finding fault in that claim. It’s also Audi’s first production vehicle to incorporate both gas and electric drive, the former a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder, the latter a 44-hp electric motor sandwiched between the engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission. Combined output is 241 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, directed to all four wheels. A 72-cell 1.3-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is positioned under the load floor, and it takes a minimal toll on the rear cargo area.
True sportiness isn’t in the numbers, though; it’s in the driving. That’s where the Q5 hybrid really impresses. Anyone can appreciate 354 lb-ft of twist—which is over 100 lb-ft more than its sister model’s 3.2-liter FSI V-6 can muster. The 0-to-60-mph run should take about 6.8 seconds, just three tenths behind the 3.2’s 6.5-second time. Steering is weighty and precise, with more feedback than we’d dared hope for, and the brakes are among the best we’ve sampled in any hybrid