Audi has a full range of PHEV models that we had the opportunity to test this week. All the Audi plug-in hybrids They offer a driving experience that combines safety, efficiency, confidence, easy load management and great versatility for everyday use. They benefit from ZERO environmental mark of the DGT.
Additionally, they meet the requirements established to be eligible for government purchase aid plans, such as the MOVES III. Today, 70% of the signature range of the four rings is supplemented by electrified versions. It is the segment with the highest growth, among other things, because we have no other choice.
The already strict regulation on emissions will be tightened in 2025, with the arrival of Euro 7. That same year, Audi will launch its latest models with a combustion engine. What’s more, starting in 2026 we will only see 100% electric launches in the German company. A few years later, in 2033, Audi will definitely say goodbye to combustion.
The current range comprises a total of eight models with up to 12 bodies and no less than 14 mechanics. If among such a variety you cannot find what you are looking for, the thing is complicated … The only downside is that they all lose a certain boot capacity with respect to the combustion versions. Let’s take a look at Audi’s TFSIe offering.
If you want to know how is the in-depth test of one of these models, you can visit our test of the Audi Q7 60 TFSIe.
Audi plug-in hybrid concept
Audi has designed its PHEV models as hybrids in parallel, both those with longitudinal and transverse engines. Common in all of them is the combination of a gasoline engine, an electric motor, a high-voltage battery, a charging socket and power electronics. Depending on the model, gasoline mechanics varies, being able to find us:
- 1.4 TFSI with 110 kW (150 PS): A3 Sportback, Q3, Q3 Sportback
- 2.0 TFSI with 195 kW (265 hp): A6, A6 Avant, A7 Sportback, Q5, Q5 Sportback
- 3.0 TFSI with 250 kW (340 hp): A8, Q7, Q8
In all cases, the electric motor is a permanent magnet synchronous machine (PSM). Power varies between 80 and 105 kW, according to the model. It is integrated into the automatic gearbox housing, where it forms the hybrid module, along with the coupling clutch that connects the TFSI engine to the transmission.
An electric pump in the gearbox ensures the oil supply and thus the transitions between ratios even when the TFSI engine is deactivated. In terms of power transmission, the compact models are equipped with a change S tronic The six-speed transmission transmits the driving force to the front wheels.
At low speeds, the Acoustic Vehicle Alert System generates the e-sound prescribed by the regulations.
Higher models are equipped with a change S tronic seven-speed or a tiptronic eight, along with the quattro drive. In the A6, A7 Sportback and Q5 we see the quattro system with ultra technology (automatic coupling of the rear axle). The A8, Q7 and Q8 feature quattro permanent traction with a purely mechanical center differential.
The battery in Audi plug-in hybrids
Depending on the model, the lithium ion battery stores between 13.0 and 17.9 kWh of energy. In the compact models and in the Q8 TFSIe quattro integrates prismatic cells in a fixed housing. The battery cooling circuit is connected to the low temperature circuit, which supplies the electric motor and the power electronics.
This improves the efficiency of the electric motor and ensures greater availability of the battery for high load and high outside temperatures. Compact PHEVs are charged with a power of up to 2.9 kW in the case of the A3 and with up to 3.6 kW in the Q3 and Q3 Sportback. Upper segment models support up to 7.4 kW.
For example, it takes between 2.5 and 4.5 hours in charging the battery from an industrial outlet. Due to their higher power consumption, the larger models have a larger battery and consequently also more charging capacity. On the other hand, the service Audi e-tron Charging Service ensures a comfortable load on road trips.
With a single card, it provides access to nearly 220,000 public charging points in 26 European countries. As standard, all Audi plug-in hybrid versions include two cables:
- Compact charging system with one cable for domestic and industrial sockets.
- Mode 3 cable with a type 2 plug for public charging points.
The myAudi app it also makes everyday use even easier thanks to the services of Audi connect. It allows us remotely through our mobile devices to know the status of the battery or autonomy, start or program charging processes and air conditioning, know load and consumption statistics, know the charging points …
Driving modes in Audi plug-in hybrids
Audi plug-in hybrids make it possible to carry out most of your daily journeys with only electric power and zero local emissions. According to a study, the daily average that Spaniards travel are 58 kilometers. The PHEV range of the firm of the four rings offers us various driving modes that adapt to our needs:
- Auto Hybrid: TFSI motor (high speed) and electric motor (low speed) divide the work intelligently and with maximum efficiency. In intense accelerations they combine.
- Battery hold: Maintains battery power for later use.
- Battery charge: the battery is charged while driving to later have electricity when driving through urban areas.
- EV: prioritizes propulsion only with electric power.
To these are added the usual Audi drive select modes, which is standard. Depending on the model, it offers up to seven driving profiles: comfort, efficiency, car, dynamic, individual, offroad and allroad. Audi drive select influences the configuration of the drive, automatic transmission, steering and suspension.
Depending on the configuration, the interaction between the systems also changes; for example, the thresholds from which both motors work together or when the electric motor supports the thermal impulse with its impulse and, therefore, when the maximum torque of the system is reached.
The range of Audi plug-in hybrids is smart
The predictive operating strategy, which contributes to reducing consumption and recovering energy while driving. In hybrid mode, when a destination is activated in the navigator it controls the powertrain so that the battery charge is intelligently distributed throughout the route based on the navigation data.
When you take your foot off the gas, the management system and the predictive efficiency assistant jointly decide between deactivating the powertrain to move forward by inertia or use the electric motor to Recover energy. When the automatic transmission is in the S position, all models work with a specific recovery mode.
The start is always in electric mode. The maximum speed running on electricity is 135 km / h or 140 km / h, depending on the model.
The electric motor can take care of braking up to one hour on its own. deceleration of about 0.3 g. If we press the brake harder, the hydraulic brakes come into action, activated by an electric brake booster. When braking, the A3 TFSIe and Q3 TFSIe recover up to 40 kW of energy. In the Q8 TFSIe quattro this figure reaches up to 80 kW.
Displays inform the driver about the powertrain activity. In addition to power, the digital instrumentation shows the selected mode and drive mode, as well as the battery charge status. Electric autonomy, total autonomy is also indicated. The MMI can display energy flow and various statistics.
Offer Audi plug-in hybrids
|A3 Sportback||40 TFSIe||204 hp (150 kW) and 350 Nm||65 km||€ 42,150|
|45 TFSIe||245 hp (180 kW) and 400 Nm||60 km||€ 44,820|
|Q3 / Q3 Sportback||45 TFSIe||245 hp (180 kW) and 400 Nm||51/50 km||€ 47,700 / € 50,550|
|Q5 / Q5 Sportback||50 TFSIe||299 hp (220 kW) and 450 Nm||62 km||€ 61,180 / € 67,780|
|55 TFSIe||367 hp (270 kW) and 500 Nm||59 km||€ 71,330 / € 74,330|
|A6 / A6 Avant||50 TFSIe||299 hp (220 kW) and 450 Nm||76 km||€ 69,790 / € 72,690|
|55 TFSIe||367 hp (270 kW) and 500 Nm||66 km||€ 80,760 / € 83,650|
|A7 Sportback||50 TFSIe||299 hp (220 kW) and 450 Nm||66 km||€ 79,750|
|55 TFSIe||367 hp (270 kW) and 500 Nm||€ 90,300|
|A8 / A8L (2022)||55 TFSIe||381 hp (280 kW) and 600 Nm||ND||ND|
|60 TFSIe||462 hp (340 kW) and 700 Nm||ND||ND|
|Q7||55 TFSIe||381 hp (280 kW) and 600 Nm||49 km||€ 81,350|
|60 TFSIe||462 hp (340 kW) and 700 Nm||€ 93,050|
|Q8||55 TFSIe||381 hp (280 kW) and 600 Nm||46 km||€ 87,550|
|60 TFSIe||462 hp (340 kW) and 700 Nm||€ 98,507|
The current offer to install the charging point is € 1,400 + VAT. This price includes 200 meters of cable and power up to 22 kW. With MOVES III we can subsidize up to 70%.