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Audi Q5 2.0T quattro hybrid: Driving report

Audi Q5 2.0T quattro hybrid

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