The Q5 is one of the most popular models in Audi’s lineup and one of the models that’s particularly interesting is the electrified version. It offers a great balance between performance and fuel economy and for the next year, the 2022 Audi Q5 Hybrid comes with a couple of new things. The most important update is definitely a larger battery pack, which provides more miles in the EV mode. Other than that, the S-line appearance package is now standard in all models, while the Ingolstadt carmaker has also introduced a new optional appearance package, called the Black Optics package.
Other than that, things have remained pretty much the same. So, you may count on the familiar design characteristics this crossover offers. We like its high-quality interior and loads of tech features. Also, it offers well-balanced handling, while the powertrain is capable enough to satisfy most drivers. On the other hand, the biggest complaint goes to small cargo capacity.
2022 Audi Q5 Hybrid Design
When it comes to base design characteristics, not many things have changed since the initial launch a few years ago. Simply, the current generation is still fresh and competitive, whether it’s about styling or ride quality. Still, the former has been upgraded. The well-known S-Line appearance package now comes as a part of the standard equipment. Also, there are new 18-inch wheels.
The German manufacturer also introduced a new appearance package, called Black Optics. As you may presume, it includes a lot of blacked details, as well as large 20-inch wheels.
On the other hand, the mechanical aspect remains the same. You may count on a familiar chassis and suspension setup, which offers a well-balanced ride, which is both comfortable and engaging.
There are no bigger changes on the inside for the 2022 Audi Q5 Hybrid and that’s not a problem at all. Simply, the current model already features one of the nicest cabins in the class. The dashboard combines classic design solutions with modern tech features and we really like that mix. Also, the materials are really nice, while Audi traditionally offers excellent build quality.
Besides attractive aesthetics and great overall quality, this crossover also offers a high level of comfort. The front seats are massive and supportive, while the driving position is very good. Also, the visibility is good in all directions. The second row offers plenty of space to accommodate adult passengers with ease.
On the other hand, the cargo area isn’t that impressive. You may count on about 25.8 cubic feet behind the second row and 54 cubic feet of the total cargo capacity. That’s below-average for the segment.
The 2022 Q5 comes standard with tri-zone climate control, universal garage door opener, 7-inch instrument cluster display, a 10.1-inch touch screen, Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, a 10-speaker stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless device charging. Numerous upgrades are available. Some of the highlights are goodies like a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, proximity keyless entry, and a panoramic sunroof, satellite radio, a 19-inch sound system etc.
When it comes to safety, all models come standard with features like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Among options, you can find lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera system, a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, and traffic jam assist, which manages braking, acceleration, and steering in low-speed conditions.
2022 Audi Q5 Hybrid Powertrain
One of the biggest novelties for the 2022 Audi Q5 Hybrid is that the battery now features a larger capacity. It is good for about 17.9 kWh, up from 14.1 kWh in the 2021 model. Naturally, we count on a longer all-electric range (19 miles in the 2021 model).
Other than that, the setup remains largely the same. The system is based on a familiar 2.0-litre turbo-four engine, which gets significant help from an electric motor. As a result, the total output goes up to 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. According to the manufacturer, the average fuel economy goes around 27 miles per gallon in a combined ride.
The Q5 is also available with two gasoline engine options – a 261-hp turbo-four and 349-hp V6.
2022 Audi Q5 Hybrid Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2022 Audi Q5 Hybrid this fall, with a starting price of around 53.000 dollars. The Volvo XC60 T8 is one of the key competitors.