TodayApril 15, 2022

2021 Audi electrified and all-electric cars

2021 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e, A7 55 TFSI e, and A8 60 TFSI

  • The 2021 Audi Q5, A7, and A8 TFSI e plug-in hybrids bring torque-rich, powerful plug-in performance and all-electric driving to Audi customers.
  • 2021 Audi Q5 TFSI e receives a host of updates, A7 TFSI e is new to the U.S.
  • The three models represent an ongoing commitment to Audi’s anticipated goal of 30% of its U.S. portfolio electrified by 2025

With high performance, lower fuel consumption, and an abundance of technology, the 2021 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e, A7 55 TFSI e, and A8 60 TFSI plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) offer a compelling case for plugging into the future, today. Now on sale nationwide in the U.S., the 2021 Audi Q5 TFSI e, A7 TFSI e, and A8 TFSI e combine Audi’s premium appointments and driving dynamics with integrated hybrid technology and smartphone app functionality.
The 2021 Audi Q5 TFSI e, updated with sharpened design and Audi’s latest MIB 3 infotainment technologies, is powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI engine and an electric motor when combined, produce a net 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Not only is its power similar to the Audi SQ5, but the PHEV model is also able to drive without direct tailpipe emissions in EV mode with $6,712 in potential federal tax incentives. Sharing its powertrain with the Audi A7 TFSI e, both vehicles are eligible for HOV lane access in several states.

For the Audi Q5 TFSI e and A7 TFSI e, power is routed through a seven-speed S Tronic transmission to all four wheels with quattro® all-wheel drive with ultra technology.

The 2021 Audi A8 TFSI e comes with a six-cylinder engine that can produce V8 levels of power when combined with its electric motor when it’s needed. The A8 TFSI e powertrain rates at a net 443 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The A8 TFSI e comes equipped with standard Quattro all-wheel drive and an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.

All three vehicles come with a 14.1 kWh battery pack that sits under the rear cargo area and comes with an integrated heat pump that uses battery heat to warm the cabin efficiently. Their onboard 7.7 kW charger allows them to replenish battery power from empty to 100% in just 2.4 hours when using a 240-volt outlet. The PHEV models can be charged at any SAE J1772 home or public charger, with programmable interior preconditioning via the myAudi app to efficiently warm or cool the interior ahead of driving.

Standard predictive efficiency assist is a technology that increases brake-energy recuperation when approaching a slower vehicle or rolling downhill. The satellite navigation comes standard in the A7 and A8 TFSI-e models. The satellite navigation is available in the Audi Q5 TFSI-e. When the satellite navigation is in place, the predictive efficiency assist can read the vertical profile of the road and adjust the vehicle’s behavior to lower fuel consumption.

Detectable haptic feedback from the accelerator pedal and a visual signal in the MMI and head-up display indicates the proper time to let off the accelerator use as much kinetic energy as possible. Symbols in the Audi virtual cockpit indicate speed reductions, including for speed limits, town signs, curves, and downhill slopes, traffic circles, intersections, and highway exits.

Each of the three models starts in all-electric mode when charged but can also operate in hybrid mode to take advantage of both powertrains or battery hold mode to reserve electric power for later use.

The 2021 Audi Q5 TFSI e, A7 TFSI e, and A8 TFSI e further Audi’s goal to electrify an estimated 30% of its U.S. lineup by 2025, accompanying the all-electric 2021 Audi e-Tron and e-Tron Sportback in the brand’s plug-in portfolio.

The 2021 Audi Q5, A7, and A8 TFSI-e models and pricing:

Model – 2021 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e

Starting MSRP
Premium: $51,900
Premium Plus: $55,800
Prestige: $61,700
all-electric range – 19 miles
0-60 mph acceleration – 5.0 seconds
Potential federal tax incentive – $6,712
EPA-estimated MPGe – 50

Model – 2021 Audi A7 55 TFSI e

Starting MSRP
Premium Plus: $74,900
Prestige: $80,250
all-electric range – 24 miles
0-60 mph acceleration – 5.7 seconds
Potential federal tax incentive – $6,712
EPA-estimated MPGe – 68

Model – 2021 Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e

Starting MSRP – $95,900
all-electric range – 18 miles
0-60 mph acceleration – 4.9 seconds
Potential federal tax incentive – $6,712
EPA-estimated MPGe – 53

All manufacturer-suggested retail prices listed exclude destination charges ($1,045 for Audi A7 and A8 models; $1,095 for Audi Q5 models), taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges.

These 2021 Audis are on sale now.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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