Audi Q5 Plug-In Gets 65 MPGe, to 60 in 5 Seconds Flat

An electric motor sits between Audi’s stalwart 2.0-liter engine and its 7-speed. Altogether, they combine to make 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. All of which means that the Q5 TFSIe can get to 60 mph a second faster than the standard Q5.

It also means 65 MPGe, according to the EPA, or 20 miles of electric-only driving if you need to sneak up on somebody. That’s thanks to a 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery that’s made up of 104 prismatic cells and is located under the trunk floor.

While we don’t really know what prismatic cells are, we do know that Audi is tuning the electric sub-drivetrain to work in concert with the gas engine to provide either efficiency or power, depending on your needs.

And thanks to the same system that runs the Adaptive Cruise Control, the Audi will even try to predict what you need.

“A haptic signal from the active accelerator pedal and a visual signal in the cockpit and head-up display indicate the proper time to let off the accelerator to use as much kinetic energy as possible,” writes Audi. “At the same time, symbols in the cockpit indicate the reason for the reduction in speed. There are indicators for: speed limits, town signs, curves and downhill slopes, traffic circles, intersections and highway exits.”

Unfortunately, US charging estimates have not been released yet, but it can be charged through a wall socket or through Electrify America chargers.

Prices start at $52,900 for the base Premium edition. The Highest Prestige trim starts at $60,350.