German car brand Audi introduces new Plug-In Hybrid variants of its 2020 Audi A8 and Q5 with a promise of better fuel economy, better performance, and more exterior color choices—but at a premium.
With the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) models of the A8 and Q5 gaining more performance and efficiency points through its additional plug-in powertrain option, it’s not really surprising to know that you have to pay around $10K more to get your hands on these machines.
Q5 PHEV SUV
The electric boost in the Q5 lets it offer a more efficient driving experience. Its 14.1-kWh battery can last an EPA-estimated 20 miles of range and 65 MPGe after its all-electric range reaches the limit.
Although both the gas-only variant and the plug-in model have the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder TFSI engine, the latter has an additional electric motor between the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transition and the engine—therefore, pumping up the horsepower to 349 from the non-electric model’s 248 and the lb-ft of torque to 360 from 273.
Both models also come with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive and more or less look the same. Unless, the car sports Turbo Blue or Daytona Gray, as these exterior paint hues are only applicable to the PHEV.
With these added features, the Q5 PHEV’s price tag starts at $53,895 for the Premium trim—around $10K more than its non-electric sibling. The Premium Plus will set you back $57,595 while the Prestige costs $61,345.
The added cost may be a factor to ponder on for some, but Audi expects that Q5 TFSI e buyers will be eligible for the federal electric-vehicle tax credit that can go up to $6,712.
A8 PHEV Sedan
As a standard for their plug-in models, the A8 PHEV sedan is also equipped with a 14.1-kWh battery. For the A8, the EPA-estimated electric range is set at 17 miles plus 54 MPGe. It is still better than the gasoline-powered A8 that only has a combined 21 mpg.
Using the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine as that of the A8 L 55 TFSI, the PHEV variant posts better figures with 443 horsepower and 516 lb-ft torque compared to the gas-only powertrain’s 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft torque.
The A8 PHEV can run from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, which is faster by almost a second compared to the A8 V-6.
When comparing the PHEV and the non-electric models, you may get confused about which is which. But, an added detail that differentiates the hybrids is the unique light signature found in the front bumper.
Like the Q5, the plug-in hybrid variant of the A8 is also more expensive than the non-PHEV ones by almost $10K. If you’re interested in owning one, prepare to part ways with $94,995 from your hard-earned money. The good news is that qualified buyers can expect to get a federal credit amounting to $6,795; therefore, adjusting the increased cost to just a bit over $2K.
PHEVs may be more expensive than your standard gasoline-powered vehicles, but you can’t deny the benefits of owning one.
Aside from an increase in torque and acceleration, smoothness in driving, and quietness of the motor, it would also mean lesser trips to the gas stations and being more environment-friendly with a zero-emission electric motor.