- Seventh Audi accessible as a PHEV
- 376bhp and 456bhp energy outputs
- Out there to order later this month
The Audi Q8 is the model’s newest mannequin to get plug-in hybrid energy, and there are two highly effective choices for Audi’s flagship SUV. Badged 55 TFSI e and 60 TFSI e, each use the identical powertrain and are in a position to handle 28 miles of zero-emission driving. Costs begin at £73,860 and £85,760 for the 55 and 60 fashions respectively.
These two fashions share a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine and a 17.8kWh battery, plus a 134bhp electrical motor that’s built-in into the eight-speed computerized transmission. In complete, the powertrain produces 376bhp within the 55 TFSI e and 456bhp within the 60-badged mannequin. Even the 55 TFSI e will get from 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds, and the 60 TFSI e knocks practically half a second off that point.
As a result of they’re so highly effective, the Audi Q8 plug-in hybrids aren’t vastly economical, however a 28-mile electrical vary and as much as 100mpg means they’ll be the least costly Q8 fashions to run – offered you retain the battery topped up. CO2 emissions of 65g/km imply a surprisingly low 12% Profit-in-Form price for company-car drivers, nevertheless it’s price noting that the BMW X5 xDrive45e is basically twice as economical on paper: 54 miles of electrical vary, 201mpg and 6% BiK.
You may cost the Audi Q8 PHEV from a three-pin socket or a 7.4kW wallbox, with the latter recharging the battery in round 2.5 hours from empty. The automotive begins in EV mode until the battery’s empty, whereas the Hybrid setting contains ‘Auto’, ‘Maintain’ and ‘Cost’ modes that inform the automotive how you can use the 2 energy sources.
There’s predictive effectivity help, which determines whether or not to freewheel or recharge the battery once you take your foot off the accelerator. Pricey Vorsprung fashions, due later, can even have adaptive cruise help, which additionally lets you drive extra economically.
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