Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro

Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro

The Audi Q7 e-tron appeared in UK...and straight into the hands of Autocar testers.

The latest plug-in hybrid SUV from Audi costs £64,950 (£10,000 more than base conventional version), which translates to about $85,000 US dollars.

Whether it's worth it to pay that much more for electrified Q7? Well, apparently it depends on particular needs (and probably how much incentive the car nets in your neck of the woods).

Better fuel economy, with up to 56 km (34.8 miles) all-electric range on the 17.3 kWh battery should gradually help to offset the premium price, although we still doubt fuel economy is at the top of most buyers of Audi vehicles.

On the other hand, the 202 kg battery takes up 120 litres of trunk space (leaving 650 litres left) and turns the Q7 e-tron into a five seater instead of seven seater.

Autocar notes that plug-in hybrids (and the Q7 e-tron is no different) offers not only quick but also effortless acceleration with smooth driving experience.  But again, the heavier weight on the Q7 e-tron (over 2,500 kg) affects handling, so one need to decide which features are most important.

"One area that does feel quite different is the handling. Despite our test car having the optional and very worthwhile adaptive air suspension, it couldn’t quite mask the additional mass the e-tron carries over the regular Q7. To be fair to it, there’s very little difference under normal driving conditions; you have to lean on it before the differences become apparent.

When slowing from speed, the e-tron feels like it’s that bit heavier than the standard car (because it is), and it can’t corner as well. Sure, the Q7 isn’t the sharpest-handling SUV out there, but the e-tron has that little bit more body roll and feels more ponderous when changing direction."

According to Autocar, it's worth it to also consider the Volvo XC90 T8 if you are looking into a plug-in hybrid SUV purchas:

"...even if you do fit this very narrow brief, we can’t help but think that the Volvo XC90 T8 offers a similar electric-only range, is faster and, crucially (for some at least), seats seven."

Key data:

  • System power  275 kW (373 hp) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft), AWD
  • Drivetrain: 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel 190 kW (258 hp) of power and 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) of torque plus disk-shaped electric motor 94 kW and 350 Nm (258.1 lb-ft) of torque, integrated into the eight-speed tiptronic
  • 0 to 62 miles (100 km/h) in 6 seconds
  • Top speed 140 mph (225 km/h)
  • Up to 34.8 miles (56 km) all-electric range
  • 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery
  • Total range more than 1,410 kilometers (876 miles) / 1.7 liters of diesel for every 100 kilometers (or 118 MPGe in the US)
source: Autocar