Plug-in hybrid cars from the A3 Sportback to the gigantic Audi A8 without forgetting the SUV

In your race towards the absolute electrification of your cars, marked for the year 2026, the range of plug-in hybrid cars Audi TFSIe is a key link for the brand today. These versions are now available on many models in the Audi range and we have tested them.

Audi started testing this plug-in hybrid a few years ago with the first Audi Q7 e-tron. That car curiously combined a TDI diesel engine with a small electric, becoming at the time the only plug-in hybrid with zero label and diesel engine in the world.

Audi TFSIe

Audi’s path with the PHEVs has completely changed and now all of its plug-in hybrid models, which are twenty versions PHEV on twelve models, use gasoline engines combined with electric motors to move.

The 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, while the models of the upper segment support up to 7.4 kW

The Audi TFSIe are available in the A3, A6, A7 Sportback, A8, Q3, Q5 and Q8 models. In the compact A3 Sportback, Q3, Q3 Sportback are equipped with S tronic transmission are all of front-wheel drive.

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In the bigger S tronic transmission and quattro traction with ultra technology are used for the A6, A6 Avant, A7 Sportback, Q5 and Q5 Sportback or tiptronic gearbox and quattro permanent traction in Q7, Q8 and A8.

PHEVs, a segment on the rise

Obviously, more and more customers are opting for this type of technology for their cars. Not surprisingly, technology has been refined and today the Audi TFSIe come to offer up to 73 kilometers of autonomy 100% electric in WLTP cycle in the case of the A6 50 TFSIe.

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What’s more, depending on the city Wherever you live, if you buy a PHEV you will be able to benefit from important advantages for cars with a ZERO label from the DGT. In the specific case of Madrid, you can use the BUS-HOV lane freely, access restricted traffic areas such as Central Madrid or park on the street without having to pay to do so. A significant saving.

All have “Battery Hold” mode that saves the battery charge at the level that we indicate for later use in the city, as well as a “Battery Charge” mode in which the combustion engine is used to charge the battery.

Thus it is not surprising that sales of PHEV cars have multiplied by 10 With respect to the year 2017, which is when Audi began to work that segment with the Q7 e-tron to which we referred previously. That growth continues today.

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In the month of September 2021 they grew by 6.5% and in the accumulated so far this year, a 5,5%. Audi enjoys a higher market share in the PHEV segment than in the general market. While in the first they reach 5.4%, in the total market they have 4.4%.

gasoline engine

Gasoline power

battery

total power

price

A3 Sportback 40 TFSIe

1.4 TFSI

150 CV

13 kWh

204 CV

42.150€

A3 Sportback 45 tfsie

1.4 TFSI

150 CV

13 kWh

245 CV

44.820€

Q3 45 tfsie

1.4 TFSI

150 CV

13 kWh

245 CV

47.700€

Q3 Sportback 45 tfsie

1.4 TFSI

150 CV

13 kWh

245 CV

50.550€

Q5 50 tfsie

2.0 TFSI

265 CV

17,9 kWh

299 CV

61.180€

Q5 55 tfsie

2.0 TFSI

265 CV

17,9 kWh

367 CV

71.330€

Q5 Sportback 50 tfsie

2.0 TFSI

265 CV

17,9 kWh

299 CV

67.780€

q5 sportback 55 tfsie

2.0 TFSI

265 CV

17,9 kWh

367 CV

77.450€

a6 50 tfsie

2.0 TFSI

265 CV

17,9 kWh

299 CV

69.790€

a6 55 tfsie

2.0 TFSI

265 CV

17,9 kWh

367 CV

80.760€

a6 before 50 tfsie

2.0 TFSI

265 CV

17,9 kWh

299 CV

72.690€

A6 before 55 tfsie

2.0 TFSI

265 CV

17,9 kWh

367 CV

83.650€

A7 Sportback 50 tfsie

2.0 TFSI

265 CV

17,9 kWh

299 CV

79.750€

A7 Sportback 55 tfsie

2.0 TFSI

265 CV

17,9 kWh

367 CV

90.300€

Q7 55 tfsie

3.0 TFSI

340 CV

17,9 kWh

381 CV

81.350€

q7 60 tfsie

3.0 TFSI

340 CV

17,9 kWh

462 CV

93.050€

q8 55 tfsie

3.0 TFSI

340 CV

17,9 kWh

381 CV

87.550€

q8 60 tfsie

3.0 TFSI

340 CV

17,9 kWh

462 CV

98.660€

a8 60 tfsie

3.0 TFSI

340 CV

17,9 kWh

449 CV

113.150€

At the wheel of the 449 hp Audi A8 60 TFSIe

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As the first car in the TFSIe range that I was going to test, I chose the Audi A8 60 TFSIe. The plug-in hybrid version of the Audi luxury saloon is offered in the two battles that the model has, that of 5.17 meters long that was chosen and the 5.3 meter with more space in the rear seats thinking of traveling with a driver.

The Audi representative saloon accommodates the hybrid system better than other models. It is logical that this is the case because nature It is already a large and heavy car, so the battery system housed under the boot floor and the permanent magnet synchronous electric motor (PSM) with a maximum power of 100 kW and a maximum torque of 350 Nm it acts as an electric motor and generator and is integrated together with the clutch in the eight-speed tiptronic transmission.

Audi A8 60 Tfsie 003

Moving through urban and interurban sections with it, silence reigns in a car that is designed to offer the highest levels of comfort. Allows moving only in electric mode during 45 kilometers and the 700 Nm of torque available at 1,250 rpm make your reactions lively and immediate to throttle movements.

The A8 60 TFSIe accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250 km / h, although in electric it only reaches 135 km / h

The capacity it has to gain speed is surprising, taking you up to 135 km / h if you need it without activating the gasoline engine. It has different modes driving, from the one that rewards driving exclusively in electric power to the one that combines both systems and makes the car feel like a true modern, fast, technological ship with a suspension system that is capable of making even the most big unforeseen events on the road.

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Undoubtedly, the Audi A8 60 TFSIe is a perfect car for those customers who are looking for a large luxury saloon, with all the comforts that this type of car provides when traveling in first class, and at the same time they need to move in environments urban, restricted traffic areas and others obstacles to mobility in which the only thing that can save you is a ZERO label from the DGT like the one on this car.

Driving the 462 hp Audi Q7 60 TFSIe

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As the second car in Audi’s TFSIe range, I chose the Q7 60 TFSIe from 462 CV. The large Audi SUV has two engines, one gasoline and one electric, which run at all times and therefore has permanent quattro traction.

The petrol engine is a 3.0 TFSI with supercharged V6 architecture that delivers an output of 250 kW (340 hp) and 450 Nm of torque. It is a very fine-tuned, smooth but powerful at the same time.

Audi Q7 60 Tfsie 009

On the other hand there is a permanent excitation synchronous motor (PSM) with 100 kW (136 hp) of power and 400 Nm of torque built into the housing of the 8-speed tiptronic transmission.

The 60 TFSIe now features a battery under the boot floor with a capacity of 17.9 kWh, allowing the Audi Q7 TFSIe to go up to 49 km in electric mode. Its maximum speed in electric is 135 km / h.

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Under normal conditions, the power distribution is 40% at the front and 60% at the rear, although the system varies depending on the grip and the demand that we are exerting on it.

Driving it, it is surprising how fast you can move in it thanks to the instantaneous power of the electric motor that pushes next to the 3.0 gasoline with a very prominent forcefulness.

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The 700 Nm of torque available almost immediately when stroking the accelerator make it a car with a brutal response, which is demonstrated in its figure from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.4 seconds.

TFSIe always start silently in electric mode and only activate the combustion engine when necessary

If you have entered a destination in the navigator through the MMI system, the car analyzes the route, the orography of the same and it is distributing the energy of the battery and combining it with the gasoline engine prioritizing the electric mode for the city or if traffic jams are prevented.

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Driving it, you can clearly see the operation of the energy recovery during braking. When you take your foot off the accelerator, the management system and the predictive efficiency assistant jointly decide between deactivating the powertrain to advance in coasting mode or using the electric motor to recover power.

The latter is responsible for recovering energy in decelerations of up to 0,3 g, which are the most common in the day to day, while if we demand a more forceful braking, conventional brakes come into operation. This makes the touch of the brake pedal somewhat strange on certain occasions since there are two sections with different touch as we step on the brake pedal.

Audi Q7 60 Tfsie 007

This higher version of the two available in TFSIe for the Q7 starts from the S line trim and includes a lot of standard equipment, such as the black design package, the Audi Matrix LED headlights and the 20-inch wheels. Inside, there is the S line package, which includes sports seats with Alcantara / leather upholstery with engraved S line logo, black roof and aluminum trims. Its price is 93.050 euros.

In short, with such a wide range of TFSIe versions, Audi is already fully immersed in the plug-in hybrid car segment. It does so with quite efficient systems, well adjusted and above all it should be noted that news will arrive shortly that will bring with it extensions in the ranges of electric autonomy of their cars, to equate them with those of the most direct competitors, which in some cases are already in the vicinity of 100 km of electric autonomy.

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