2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid – HybridCars.com

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20 / 27MPG

TYPE: Luxury


BASE MSRP: $35,600

has been the “yes-we-will, no-we-won’t” when it comes to hybrid Since 2007, company have made several stating the arrival of either the Q7 full-size sport utility or the Q5 Hybrid crossover, and then As part of the Volkswagen group, with Porsche, Audi has hybrids and championed diesel. The attitude surfaced in 2009 in a from Wolfgang Hatz, of powertrain development for the VW group. “We to do hybrids to show people we are able to do them.”

Well after all the stumbling about, indeed will show that it is able to do a hybrid the 2012 Q5 Hybrid arrives at showrooms this fall.

the German automaker showed it was able to produce not only a vehicle, but a plug-in diesel back in 1997. The Audi Duo AKA A4 Duo, followed three Duo hybrid concepts dating to 1989. The Duo III used a 1.9-liter TDI engine and a 21 kW (28 horsepower) electric with a cabin switch to between the engine and electric

Fuel economy wasn’t improved compared to the standard diesel, and coupled with a price there were few Around 60-65 were

The Duo III may have flopped, but the Q5 Hybrid is to have success. In addition to fuel—the Q5’s combined EPA economy could approach mpg versus the gasoline model’s 22 Q5 Hybrid teems with technology and performance. Seeing technology spread further the luxury market is certainly

It appears that Audi is direction and the Q5 Hybrid is a nod toward technology (although Audi likes diesels).

Under The

Under the Q5 Hybrid’s aluminum the main power producer is 2.0-liter direct injected and four-cylinder TFSI engine. injection is a state-of-the-art feature precisely distributes fuel into the cylinders, maximizing and fuel economy and minimizing Turbocharging is an engine downsizing that reduces engine by forced air induction.

Behind the is a modified eight-speed tiptronic transmission. The torque converter has removed and replaced with a 54 (40 kW) electric motor and a multiplate pack. One clutch separates the from the motor; the other the motor from the rest of the (necessary for the electric motor to the gas engine when required).

Quattro all-wheel drive system is standard on the Q5 Hybrid, and normal driving conditions 60 of the torque is directed to the rear Unlike some other AWD Quattro is the real deal a driveshaft and rear differential. And the design allows power either the engine or electric to be directed to the rear axle.

Audi joins other in the move away from the variable transmission (CVT) by most hybrid vehicles. It is a costly approach and is helping hybrids to mainstream vehicles.

the hybrid system is a 72-cell battery pack tucked the rear cargo floor the spare tire normally At 266 watts, its nominal energy is 1.3 kWh and its 39 kW. In typical German engineering the battery is cooled two ways.

normal conditions, it’s by air from the Q5’s cabin; but if it too hot, a separate refrigerant connected to the air conditioner kicks in.

And Interior

The Q5 Hybrid’s body is not ground breaking, but its excellent smooth lines and bold make it one of the most appealing compact sport utilities on the Refined fender flares and angular cut headlights add an air of resolve.

there is little to distinguish the from the standard Q5. The trademark frame grille is glossy fenders and sill panel bear hybrid badges and the feature chrome trim. For aerodynamics, ride height is by 0.98 inches and underbody along with exclusive wheels in a ten-arm turbine smooth out air flow under the car and its sides.

These tweaks in reducing the drag coefficient 0.33 to 0.32, the lowest in the SUV segment, according to Audi.

Inside, the cabin is the essence of luxury. Audi puts quality into its leather, pieces and switches and designers a light and spacious interior. It is in appearance, the build quality is of the superb standard.

The cockpit has a towards the driver; its controls can be with intuitive ease.

the outside, the Hybrid’s interior has changes. The large speedometer on the right side of the instrument but on the left side, the tachometer is with a power meter shows the driver the overall of the system. Between the two gauges, the media information (MMI) now includes a pictogram showing part of the hybrid system is The other change is an almost to find “E” mode button on the console.

The E mode setting priority to the electric motor in driving.

Seating, as expected, is but even though the rear seat can slide fore and aft by four inches, some seat passengers may find legroom is short. The 16.24 feet cargo volume the rear seat easily to 52.27 cubic feet the rear seat folded.

a given that all of the power features are standard as is leather cruise control, air conditioning, a system, Bluetooth connectivity and a Olufsen audio system a USB interface for iPod or MP3 players.

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On The Road

Engine output of the Q5 four cylinder is 211 horsepower, the maximum torque of 258 pound available at 1500 to 4200 The electric motor adds 54 horsepower and 155 pounds feet at one rpm. When both sources are combined, the net output at 245 horsepower and 354 ponds-feet of torque.

promises that hybrid and are no longer synonymous. Indeed, claims that 0 to 60-mph is 7 seconds flat.

While acceleration is necessary on occasion, it the norm and in the world of everyday the 2012 Q5 does earn its badging. For example, just the boring hybrids, the engine down when the vehicle and seamlessly starts up again the brake pedal is released. It operates with electric only, gasoline power or a combination of both, meaning it is a hybrid.

And, the battery is via regenerative braking.

The driver has the of three operational modes. the gear selector in “D”, the Q5 works to optimize the motor and for fuel economy. In the “S” position, the changes towards performance and driving where the paddles of the transmission can be used.

Pushing the EV at the bottom of the center stack priority to electric drive at low such as city driving.

About that electric propulsion, from a stop, if the pack has an adequate charge, the Q5 will ease away electric power. If your driving skills are honed, only driving range is 1.8 miles if a steady 37 mph is maintained.

the go pedal and electric power take you to 62 mph, then the gas takes over.

Like systems used in the Volkswagen Hybrid and Porsche Cayenne S the Q5 Hybrid’s system has a unique clutch between the engine and that disengages the engine so it can down under light The electric motor then up the load until the engine Engineers call the result the quiet sensation of speed only electric power.

operational mode is engaged the driver lifts off the accelerator at cruising speeds, up to a maximum of 100 Combine the sailing capability the top two overdrive gears of the transmission and the is a gain in highway fuel a result not associated with


Audi likes to say the 2012 Q5 Hybrid has four-cylinder economy with V-6-like Based on the New European Driving (NEDC), which gives weight to start-stop driving the EPA test cycle does, says combined fuel is 34 mpg. Expect EPA estimates at 25-26 mpg city/ 27-28 mpg and a combined rating in the neighborhood of mpg.

That’s a significant 5-6 mpg improvement the four-cylinder gas-powered Q5. In comparison to luxury sport utility and the Q5 Hybrid bests the BMW ActiveHybrid X6, ML 450 Hybrid 4Matic, Porsche S Hybrid and is just shy of the Lexus AWD.

Pricing for the 2012 Q5 won’t be released until to launch this fall, but guess is it will start at $50,000 -$52,000. That it at least $5,000 more the Lexus RX 450h and around less than the Mercedes 450 4Matic, which will be the competitors.

While most drivers would prefer to efficiency rather than an Audi customer may not be concerned paying his gasoline bill. But he mind having bragging that his new SUV doesn’t just go it actually uses a bit less

The Audi Q5 Hybrid is an example of how the is keeping its focus on luxury and while integrating slow fuel efficiency improvements, by the way, come with the It’s an Audi first, and a second.

Prices are Manufacturer Retail Price (MSRP) at of writing and do not include destination taxes or licensing.

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