The Audi Q5 Sportback TFSIe Plug-In Hybrid: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Audi Q5 Sportback TFSIe Plug-In Hybrid
Price: From € 63,620
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: Coupé-SUV
Battery size: 17.9 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 58 - 61 km
Tailpipe emissions: 42 - 36g (CO2/km)

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The Audi Q5 Sportback TFSIe PHEV

Audi AG, a Bavaria (Germany) based luxury automotive manufacturer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, the Germany automotive group. Volkswagen AG is one of the leading automotive companies in the global electric vehicle (EV) industry. Volkswagen has committed to an investment up to Euro 30 billion by 2023. It aims to sell 3 million electric vehicles by 2025 and launch up to 70 new EV models over the next 10 years.

With the launch of its electric vehicle ID. Family, VW is fast cementing a dominant position is to become the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer by 2028, with the automotive behemoth planning to manufacturer 22 million electric vehicles.  Audi also offers plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), to include:

The Audi Q5 is a mid-size premium SUV. The Q5 has been manufactured since 2008. The SUV is now in its second generation and uses the Volkswagen MLB platform. The Audi Q5 is available as a standard SUV or Sportback body style. The Q5 is also available as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

The coupé-SUV body styling has certainly gained a loyal following, seeking the best of what a SUV has to offer, albeit, with a sportier exterior design. The Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV is a good example! Though the Q5 Sportback has much in common with the more traditional Audi Q5 plug-in hybrid SUV, the Sportback has a more aggressive sloping and aerodynamic roofline.

The Q5 has successfully demonstrated its positioning as a premium-badged mid-size SUV, since it went on sale in 2008. The SUV has been a family-favourite with those seeking practicality, without compromising on quality and luxury. With the introduction of the hybrid drivetrain, the SUV has further extended its reach to those keen to benefit from lower tailpipe emission electric driving (42g CO2/km).

All drivers can take advantage of the lower cost of driving on pure electric mode. In fact, driving on e-mode costs less than 10 cents per km i.e. far cheaper than using the internal combustion engine (ICE) for driving for shorter journeys.

The Q5 Sportback TFSIe PHEV has a 17.9 kWh onboard EV battery that the manufacturer claims can deliver a pure electric range up to 61 km (WLTP) on a fully charged battery. The EVs onboard battery is a larger size compared to the average PHEV, but that would be expected, given the size of the vehicle. However, expect the real-world EV range closer to 55 km, which is certainly sufficient for most daily needs.

Audi claims a 2.0 l/100 km fuel economy, but like EV range, the real-world fuel efficiency will depend on a number of factors, to include, the use of the e-mode, powered by the electric motor/ EV battery. Bottom-line, inculcating a habit of charging on a regular basis, so that the EV range can be leveraged, is key in achieving financial savings from a driving a PHEV. Charging on a regular basis is also good for the long-term maintenance and health of the EV battery. Audi offers a 8 years or 160,000 km warranty.

The Q5 EV has a 7.2 kW onboard charger, sufficient for charging the 17.9 kWh EV battery relatively quickly at home or at public AC charging. The EV can be fully charged in 2 hours and 30 minutes. Though an EV can be charged using a 3-PIN domestic socket, we would encourage EV drivers to charge using a dedicated residential EV charger like Easee: faster and safer in charging operation, compared to a domestic 3-PIN plug! The EV does not offer DC charging compatibility.

In terms of performance, the all-wheel drive Q5 plug-in hybrid does not disappoint, despite the extra weight of the EV battery. The e-SUV pairs the electric motor with a 2.0-litre petrol engine. The EV can achieve 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds for the 55 TFSIe quattro S tronic and 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds for the 50 TFSIe quattro S tronic. Maximum output is 299 PS and 367 PS, respectively (top speed: 239 km/h). The plug-in electric SUV is well suited for urban and motorway driving.

Apart from the attractive exterior styling, the PHEV offers a generous and spacious interior for front and rear seat passengers. Having said that, the sloping roofline does slightly impact the headroom in the rear and also the rear-view visibility. Cargo volume has been impacted by the onboard EV battery and the coupé stying, but there is still 455 L available, albeit, smaller than the conventional Q5 SUV.

The interior quality is high, and the SUV is technology-laden, to include: Audi parking system plus, Audi pre-sense city, hill hold assist, city assist pack (optional), Audi virtual cockpit, MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch and more.

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!

High quality interior and standard specificationsRear seats can be a squeeze (lower headroom due to sloping roofline)
Good looking exterior stylingFor top trims, fuel economy not as good as some alternative PHEVs
Decent EV battery size and zero-emission EV rangeRear view: blind spots


The Audi Q5 Sportback TFSIe (credit: Audi)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body Type:Coupé-SUV
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (3 Options)
Audi Q5 SE 50 TFSIe quattro S tronic (from € 63,620)
Audi Q5 S line 50 TFSIe quattro S tronic (from € 65,785)
Audi Q5 Competition 55 TFSIe quattro S tronic (from € 73,175)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 17.9 kWh
Charging:DC charging not available. On-board charger 7.2 kW AC (0% – 100%: 2 hrs 30 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:42 – 36g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 160,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh€ 2.10
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh€ 2.78
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh€ 2.87
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh€ 3.14
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh€ 3.37
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1658
Width (mm):2140
Length (mm):4689
Wheelbase (mm):2819
Turning Circle (m):11.8
Boot capacity (L):455

50 TFSIe quattro S tronic
EV Battery Capacity:17.9 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):61 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):20.5 – 21.6
Fuel Consumption (l/100km):2.0 – 1.7
Charging:DC charging not available. On-board charger 7.2 kW AC (0% – 100%: 2 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:239 km/h
0-100 km/h:6.1 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):299
Torque (Nm):500
Unladen Weight (kg):2,150
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

55 TFSIe quattro S tronic
EV Battery Capacity:17.9 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):58 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):21.4 – 21.6
Fuel Consumption (l/100km):2.0 – 1.7
Charging:DC charging not available. On-board charger 7.2 kW AC (0% – 100%: 2 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:239 km/h
0-100 km/h:5.3 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):367
Torque (Nm):500
Unladen Weight (kg):2,150
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Ireland: EV Market Overview

As is the case in a number of global markets, to include the European Union and the United Kingdom, the sale of electric cars in Ireland is also fast gaining momentum. In fact, in January 2022, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), accounted for 21% of all new cars licensed in Ireland. Put another way, more than a fifth of the cars bought in Ireland were either pure electric or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

It is also worth nothing the continued decline in the sale of diesel vehicles in Ireland, as families and businesses migrate to lower tailpipe emission electric vehicles (EVs). Diesel market share has declined from 34.2% in early 2021 to 19.7% in early 2022. We can expect this trend to continue for the forseeable future.

The government has set a target of 936,000 electric vehicles by 2030, with 845,000 to be private passenger cars. This will be approximately a third of the vehicles on roads in Ireland (currently there are 2.8 million vehicles on the road). Like many other governments, Ireland is committed to ending the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars by 2030.

The government is committed to the rapid adoption of electric cars in the country. The Department of Transport has committed €100 million for EV subsidies in 2022 (almost double the commitment in 2021). The grant for private electric vehicles is up to €5,000 on qualifying battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), do not qualify for the electric vehicle grant.

Ireland: Top Electric Cars

Top Electric Cars Type Of EV
Tesla Model 3Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Volkswagen ID.3Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Nissan LeafBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Renault ZoeBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Volkswagen ID.4Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Hyundai IONIQ 5Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Kia e-NiroBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Kia EV6Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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