Road test 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid Driving

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It might be stating the obvious, but automakers are more comfortable diesel powertrains than gas/electric hybrids, beginning decades of familiarity with engine technology. There are relevant points, yet the upshot is the Europeans (the big German are really just getting the hybrid game reluctantly — and with cars. For Canadians, is woefully skimpy for hybrids in the crossover/SUV segments, which need to see greater fuel

Into these waters Audi, not just with a version of its entertaining and upscale Q5 sport-ute, but the “first true hybrid SUV,” Audi Now, I’m not sure if Audi is “performance” in terms of fuel or dynamics, but I’m hedging my bets by it’s a bit of both. Certainly, the Q5 displays a big amount of pep when for, which, considering the portion of the powertrain is the automaker’s 211-horsepower, 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, should not be a surprise.

Add to it an electric motor with a output of 54 hp and 155 pound-feet torque combined, the hybrid system out a maximum 245 hp and a rather impressive 354 of torque.

Audi says the Q5 Hybrid accelerates to 100 kilometres an in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 209 km/h, is more or less equal to the Q5 2.0 TFSI. Since it tips the at a hefty 2,010 kilograms — an 160 kg (mostly the lithium-ion battery compared with the base Q5 — obvious the Hybrid setup’s oomph more than

As with all good hybrids, the Q5 can be entirely by the 2.0 TFSI engine, by the drive (supposedly up to three when driven at a constant 60 or in combination. It’s also of energy recovery. Where hybrids use a continuously variable the Q5 Hybrid sees a modified of Audi’s smooth eight-speed manumatic.

In addition to the regular Drive for greatest efficiency or the S mode for motoring, drivers can select EV, gives priority to electric

Unlike some other Audi eschews dashboard that grow vines, or other feel-good greenery, using matter-of-fact displays show the various states of the drive. A powermeter replaces the in the instrument cluster; its needle total system power on a from zero to 100%. A scale is subdivided into segments — its green and orange indicate how the Q5 Hybrid is currently powered. An auxiliary gauge the charge state of the battery. also a colour display in the information system that power flows and operating of the hybrid system.

The monitor shows detailed fuel and energy recovery statistics. will love it; I ignored of it after a while. Still, I ignore the Q5 Hybrid’s fuel during my week with the (which coincided with a nasty cold snap).

While 11.4 litres per 100 during mixed use isn’t for a hybrid sport-ute (and more frugal in comparison similar-sized non-hybrid SUVs), I better. The fact the turbo requires premium unleaded help the cause, either.

are a few subtle variations to the Hybrid separate it from the regular starting with slightly height and track width Of a more obvious nature are the painted bumpers, hybrid and 19-inch wheels in a rather turbine design.

Certainly, as go, the Q5 demonstrates a rather sporty Only the brakes aren’t up to Audi standards — the hybrid’s setup can make them a bit but they’re still pretty Steering feel from the rack is excellent and the firm handles tighter turns little body movement.

The long wheelbase creates a cabin for four 6-foot-plus The seats are comfortable, the dash is attractive and the fit and finish of the materials and appear first-rate. It’s noting that the lithium-ion pack is located under the floor and does not reduce capacity.

Audi has priced the Hybrid as the Q5 — at $56,600 it’s almost more than the base (and just slightly than the Lexus RX 450h hybrid, its nearest SUV competitor). So, in to all the hybrid technology, it’s loaded. That’s not to say it provides the hedonistic experience as would be in the RX 450h.

Audi’s approach is Teutonic, which is better as logically luxurious.

As much as good to see another hybrid to the sport-ute segment, the simple is that pricing the Q5 Hybrid as a model isn’t going to the vehicle gain any sort of In other markets, Audi has engines that provide a and less expensive solution to greater fuel efficiency. the Q5 was first introduced for the 2009 year, the company’s official to the question regarding any possibility of a option for North America “Provided there is satisfactory from the consumer and that supply and financial obligations are met on our ” Better late than that time has nearly Audi Canada says will be a turbodiesel available for the Q5 this year.

I think I would wait for it.

of vehicle: All-wheel-drive hybrid crossover

Engine: Turbo DOHC four-cylinder with motor

Net power: 211 hp @ 4,300 258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 rpm engine only); 245 hp, 354 lb-ft of combined

Transmission: Eight-speed

Brakes: Four-wheel disc ABS

Tires: P235/55R19

Price: tested: $56,600/$63,745

Destination $1,995

Transport Canada economy L/100 km: 8.6 city, 6.9

Standard features: Three-zone climate control, power and front seats, heated seats, power windows and locks, power folding, and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, control, HomeLink, rain and sensor, push-button start, backup camera, front and parking sensors, auto-dimming mirror with compass, leather steering wheel, information system display navigation, “concert” radio system with satellite power sunroof, power bi-xenon headlights, headlight fog lamps, LED tail lights

Bang Olufsen sound ($1,000), comfort front with Milano leather fine grain ash natural trim ($500), rear sunshades ($300), Ice Silver paint ($750)


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