Intro Report - 22nd January 2020
The Q5 plug-in hybrid has been in our hands for a few weeks and it’s time for some early thoughts.
First things first, it really suits my mix of journeys, the vast majority of which are local, usually acting as Dad-taxi service. As a result, it was nearly a month after the Audi arrived before I first needed to put petrol in because I was able to either charge up at home or, increasingly, while parked waiting for a child to finish some activity or other. On that note, hats-off to Woking for its free and open 22kW charge point in the car park under the WWF building. Doing this means I’m more likely to go shopping there than in other towns.
The Q5 charges at a maximum of 7.4kWh but the cable supplied with the car only allows approximately 4kWh (on a single-phase, home supply), so from empty the Audi takes about three hours to fill the 14.1kW battery that will take it about 21 (real world) miles – the car’s averaging 1.5 miles per kWh.
The next plus is the myAudi app which allows you to see how charged the car is, where it is, remote lock and unlock and a host of other features. It also lets you pre-heat the car before you even leave the breakfast table. It’s just a shame that this depletes the battery, rather than using electricity directly from the charge point (house supply), even though it’s plugged in.
Preview - 27th November 2019
Having been in possession of the Audi Q5 55 TFSIe plug-in hybrid for less than a week, it would be a little premature to issue any sort of judgement.
Instead, I’ll just mention the tax position. The petrol-electric hybrid Q5 emits 49g/km of CO2 so sits in the 16% Benefit-in-Kind company car tax band. For reference, a similarly trimmed Q5 40 TDI sits in the 37% BIK band. Ouch.
What’s more, from April next year the plug-in hybrid drops to the 14% band.
For a 40% taxpayer, this means a bill of £9,652 for the Q5 55 TFSIe, while the diesel (which is also slower) would receive a tax bill of £19,008 over three years.
The only question remaining, is how will the fuel costs compare?