- Plug-in hybrid Q7 e-tron goes on sale in May
- 34-mile electric-only range; 156mpg average economy
- Prices set to start at around £65,000
Audi confirms Q7 e-tron hybrid will be sold in the UK
The second of Audi's e-tron plug-in hyrids adds a posher cabin and more desirable image to the list of attributes that has made the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV such a success
The Q7 will be Audi’s second e-tron to be sold in the UK, after the A3 Sportback, and like its smaller cousin, it’s powered by a combination of a conventional combustion engine and an electric motor. In the four-wheel drive Q7, the 3.0-litre V6 TDI diesel engine and electric motor together give a total output of 368bhp, which is enough to get the car to 62mph in just over 6.0 seconds, yet average almost 160mpg and have predicted CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km.
On a full charge, the five-seat car can travel up to 34 miles purely on electric power; and, it takes less than five hours to fully charge the battery from a domestic socket.
It will be comfortably the most expensive model in the Q7 range, but will come with a suitably lavish specification. The standard equipment will include LED headlights, sat-nav and Audi’s all-digital virtual cockpit, as well as compatibility with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
We drove the car last November, when we were very impressed by its blend of class, comfort and luxury, on top of the financial case its low emissions will make for it. And, although at that stage Audi hadn’t yet committed to selling the car in the UK, today’s news confirms our suspicions that it would.
For the moment, Audi is still yet to confirm the exact price of the Q7 e-tron in the UK, but the company has said that it’s expected to cost from about £65,000 when it goes on sale in May.