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Test Results and Rankings:
The green cars tested by the ARC are evaluated on the basis of 13 categories: emissions, fuel economy, crashworthiness, braking, acceleration, handling, cargo-carrying capacity, ride quality, interior noise, ease of entry and exit, maneuverability, roominess, and visibility. The scores for the categories are totaled, and the cars are ranked from high to low.

2020 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro

Vehicle Type: SUV/Minivan Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 5
Vehicle Price
Base Price: $52,900
Price as Tested: $63,890
Fuel Information
Fuel Type: Electricity/premium
Fuel Capacity (gal): 14.3
120V Charge Time: 1.6 miles per hour
240V Charge Time: 8.3 miles per hour
EPA City mpg25
EPA Highway mpg29
EPA Combined mpg: 27
EPA Combined MPGe: 65
EPA-Est. Electric Range (mi): 20
Advanced Safety Features
Adaptive Cruise Control [O]
Advanced Headlights [O]
Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
Blind-Spot Warning [O]
Forward-Collision Warning [S]
Lane-Departure Warning [O]
Lane-Keeping Assistance [O]
Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [O]
[S] Standard, [O] Optional
Overall Observations
The best-selling Q5 has been a real success story for Audi; introduced in 2009, it's been redesigned just once, in 2018. Both the exterior and interior feature sharp, attractive styling, and the handsome cabin's materials and craftsmanship are first-rate. We appreciated the adjustable, fully digital instrument cluster and infotainment system, although the placement of some of the center-console controls was unintuitive. The back seat wasn't as roomy - and therefore not as comfortable - as we'd have liked. The Q5's ride quality is pleasantly smooth, easily soaking up bumps; handling is competent, if unremarkable (AWD is standard). The PHEV version adds an electric motor and a 14.1-kWh battery to the Q5's 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4, bumping the total horsepower from 248 to 362, and providing 20 miles of all-electric driving - significantly less than many PHEVs these days. Furthermore, the increase in fuel economy is minimal - 27 mpg for the PHEV versus 24 mpg for the gasoline-powered version. The base price for the Q5 PHEV is $9,600 more than for the standard Q5 - a lot to pay for an increase in power and a slightly reduced carbon footprint.
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Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong Points
  • Sharp interior/exterior styling
  • Spacious interior
  • Smooth ride, especially over bumps
  • Excellent fit and finish
Weak Points
  • Small EV Range
  • Numb steering/road feel
  • Slow charging times
  • Expensive
Vehicle Specifications
Model year tested: 2020
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 4760.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 183.6 / 84.3 / 65.4
Wheelbase (in): 111.0
Number of air bags: 8
Warranty (months/miles): 48/50,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Pirelli Scorpion Verde
Front and rear tire size: 255/45 R20
Max towing capacity (lbs): 4400
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Hybrid drive
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 2.0L 4-Cyl. TFSI
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 248 @ 5000
Electric motor horsepower: 140
Combined system horsepower: 367
Test Data
Test Vehicle Scores
Advanced Safety Features: 10.00
Fuel Efficiency: 6.67
EPA Emissions Score: 7.00
Acceleration: 6.96
Braking: 2.77
Crashworthiness: 5.24
Handling: 7.81
Ride Quality: 8.21
Interior Size: 4.09
Easy of Entry and Exit: 7.27
Visibility: 8.28
Interior Noise: 8.06
Cargo Capacity: 1.39
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Fuel Type:  Hybrid
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Price as Tested:  $65,020
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Car Guide Winner: 1st Place Large
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Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 28/31
Price as Tested:  $73,840
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2020 Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD
Car Guide Winner: 1st Place SUV/Minivan
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Electric
MPGe: 127/114
Price as Tested:  $53,190
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Electric
MPGe: 80/72
Price as Tested:  $84,276
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Car Guide Winner: 1st Place Small
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Vehicle Type:  Small
Fuel Type:  Electric
MPGe: 127/108
Price as Tested:  $43,735
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