2020 Audi A8 e

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$94,000

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Combined MPGe Combined MPGe

Miles per gallon-equivalent is how the EPA provides efficiency ratings for battery-electric vehicles in a way that can be used in comparison with gasoline-powered vehicles. Actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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17 mi.
EPA-est. range EPA-est. range

EPA-estimated range is the distance, or predicted distance, a new plug-in vehicle will travel on electric power before its battery charge is exhausted. Actual range will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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2 hrs.
Level 2 charging Level 2 charging

Charge time estimates are based on using a 240-volt charging circuit charging from empty to 100% battery capacity. Level 2 is the fastest way to charge at home, though charging times can vary and are dependent on factors such as the capabilities of the charging circuit, charging equipment and the vehicle’s onboard charger. Level 2 charging time provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.

14 kWh
Battery capacity Battery capacity

Battery capacity is measured in kilowatt-hours, which is a measure of how much energy is used over time. A 70-kWh battery has more energy capacity than a 50-kWh battery and would result in a longer driving range if all other factors were equal. But more battery capacity doesn’t always mean longer range because of differences in energy consumption from vehicle to vehicle. Battery capacity provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.

5

Seating capacity

208.7” x 58.5”

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All-wheel drive

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Audi has announced prices for plug-in hybrid versions of its Q5 compact SUV and big A8 flagship sedan. Both are designated with a “TFSI e” label, and the 2020 Q5 TFSI e will offer three trim levels — Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige — starting at $53,895 (all prices include the destination charge). The A8 TFSI e comes in one form only, with a starting price of $94,995.

Related: Audi Expands Flagship Lineup for 2020 With S8 Performance Variant, A8 Hybrid

Audi estimates maximum federal tax credits are $6,712 on the Q5 and $6,795 on the A8; the two might also qualify for state and local subsidies, depending on where you live. Of more importance in some places, owners could also could get single-occupant access to carpool lanes. The Q5 plug-in hybrid already is on the official sticker eligibility list in California.

Audi is rapidly building out its plug-in electrification effort. In 2019, it launched the E-Tron electric SUV in the U.S., and it’s already shown plug-in hybrid versions of the A6 and A7 in Europe, saying that the A7 will be in the U.S. “in the coming months.”

Here’s what we know about the plug-in hybrid Q5 and A8:

Q5 TFSI e 

The Q5 TFSI e employs an electric motor sandwiched between its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. Combined system output is 362 horsepower and 369 pounds-feet of torque. The battery is a 14.1-kilowatt-hour pack under the cargo area. All-wheel drive is standard and Audi says the plug-in will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds, which is about a full second quicker than the comparable non-hybrid Q5.

The EPA rates the Q5 at 20 miles of all-electric range and a combined rating thereafter of 27 mpg, which is 3 mpg higher than the non-hybrid 2.0-liter Q5. The system has three driver-selectable driving modes that include Hybrid mode, which works with data from the navigation to optimize efficiency. The default startup is EV mode, and it will draw from electric power alone unless you push the gas pedal past a set point (or battery charge dips below a certain threshold). A Battery Hold mode saves capacity for usage later in the drive.

Audi differentiates the plug-in Q5, which is on sale now, with some sportier S Line trim, exclusive colors and a choice of wheels. Beyond the base Premium, the Premium Plus starts at $57,595 and the Prestige at $61,345. Each is about $9,000 more than the least expensive version of its respective non-hybrid, 2.0-liter Q5 trim, but they’re comparable in price and manufacturer-listed acceleration with the sportier, six-cylinder SQ5.

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A8 TFSI e

The coming A8 plug-in hybrid sedan uses a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission for a combined maximum output of 443 hp and 516 pounds-feet of torque. Audi estimates a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds, which is nearly a second faster than the V-6 A8 (itself a mild hybrid). The A8 uses a battery with a different design than the Q5 but the same 14.1-kilowatt-hour capacity, and the sedan has similar driving modes.

The EPA rates the plug-in A8 at 17 miles of electric range and combined mileage thereafter at 23 mpg, which is 2-5 mpg more than the non-plug-in A8 depending on drivetrain.

Visual differentiations for the plug-in A8 include new front-bumper lighting and standard 19-inch wheels. Its starting price is about $9,000 more than the regular A8 V-6 and slightly less than the A8 with a V-8.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Audi
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year or 20,000 miles (whichever occurs first)
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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