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The Audi Q5 Hybrid combines ecological awareness and luxury

Stigmatized, some SUVs have converted to the hybrid for a more politically correct This is the Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and BMW X6, which all offer a version with dual gasoline-electric engines to catalog the luxury brand Toyota, Lexus, has even made a mark with its RX 450h, a pioneer in the segment.

However, despite a rampant diversification of the type of SUV, which is now available in all formats, the hybrid was previously the preserve of the largest of them with its Q5 Hybrid, Audi repair oblivion.

More compact than the above models with 4.62 m long, the Q5 hybrid is also the only one to call for its four-cylinder engine, in this case the 20 TFSI 211 hp model number of team Volkswagen Group, including the Golf GTI is here coupled with the automatic transmission ZF eight-speed, is already known on the A6, A7 and A8.

Between the four-cylinder and the box is a synchronous electric motor of 54 hp (40 kW) Overall, the whole is able to develop a combined output of 245 hp This power-train will be repeated on future hybrid A6 and A8 hybrid Note that, unlike the Q5 and all-wheel drive, two wheel drive sedan will be simple.

Compared to a Q5 TFSI quattro S-Tronic 211, the Q5 hybrid is distinguished by its much greater mass: 1985 kg against 1755 kg. With the use of a lithium-ion battery, he is somewhat less than a Lexus RX 450h elephantine accusing 2,110 kg on the scale, partly because of its NiMH battery.

Driving, this mass can be felt clearly in sharp turns, where the under-steer occurs early despite a satisfactory balance, this heavy SUV sins by lack of agility is a pity that the 245 hp give a Engine certification remarkable response to requests of the right foot is immediate and intense.

An impression confirmed by the data sheet: the hybrid Q5 accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.1 seconds and reaches a height of 225 km / h.

As you strive to play the sports, the Audi Q5 hybrid but fails in the softness in the city. Like its competitors if it allows to change in electric mode at low speed, starts smoothly seem impossible, even touching the accelerator. Blame it on an engine that requires a turbo effect when it comes into operation. Annoying.

Otherwise, the family SUV retains its statutory standard. It highlights its flawless finish, as usual productions of the brand with the rings. Its interior space suitable comfort combined with correct, will make an alternative to minivans for wealthy families.

In terms of prices, the Audi Q5 hybrid is positioned as the cheapest hybrid 4x4, provided to exclude the diesel-electric hybrid crossover Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 (to ? 40,060) ? 55,800 A finish Ambient, the Q5 is face it the Lexus RX 450h two-wheel drive, sold ? 56,200 The AWD version, high equipment richer, is trading from ? 60,600.Despite this great rate on paper, do not believe that the Q5 hybrid is cheap for a reasonable difference, after all, Lexus remains the largest and most powerful (299 hp).Above all, it offers a more generous equipment with the standard adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, leather upholstery, electric front seats and heated as well as access and key-less start as usual in German, it will dip into an equipment list as long as a day without bread to have a decent equipment.

A convincing model but expensive.

It is extraordinary how about not even a lightweight line on the consumption of this hybrid 4x4!

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