2018 Audi Q7 E-Tron Proves PHEVs’ Official Consumption Numbers Are A Joke

Despite the advantages offered by a plug-in hybrid like the Audi Q7 e-tron, in the end, it may not be that much more economical than the regular TDI diesel.

At least that’s how Carbuyer found out after averaging just 42 UK mpg (35 US mpg, 6.7 lt/100 km) in a mixture of city and motorway driving. In other words, nowhere near Audi’s official numbers.

When Audi first introduced us to the Q7 e-tron, they were boasting about its excellent range of 138.4 US mpg (1.7 l/100km / 166.3 UK mpg), but this figure was measured in a laboratory over ideal conditions that are, to put it mildly, unrealistic. So in real world traffic, you might find that the e-tron doesn’t hold such a massive advantage over the regular 3.0-liter TDI version.

The rest of the car is, of course, familiar to anyone who’s seen the full-size premium SUV. You get the same looks both outside and in, although once you pop open the trunk, you’ll notice you have more space than in a regular Q7, as there is no third row of seats.

Whether that’s a plus or a minus, is up to each individual customer. What everyone will enjoy, however, is the Q7 e-tron’s performance. Thanks to a combined 373 horsepower and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque, this plug-in hybrid Audi SUV will get from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 6 seconds flat. Not bad for such a heavy vehicle, is it?

  • xDRAN0x

    Is there a hybrid right now that has a real ROI? Except the Prius?

  • Bash

    Lets be fair, Its the same story with every car maker, all the official numbers are measured in a laboratory over ideal conditions that are unrealistic or unmatchable in real life. with that being said, i found these numbers better than others, say for example the i8 or latest Bentley creation, Now that was a joke!

  • Christian Wimmer

    BMW claims that my 2007 118i E87 should consume about 6.5 L / 100 km.

    I am lucky if I even get under 8 L / 100 km. I average around 8.2 L / 100 km under mixed driving conditions and 15 L+ if I am having fun on the Autobahn in the range of a constant 180 km/h+. I have never once achieved the BMW claims, even when I intentionally set out to achieve them with responsible driving.

    I don’t pay attention to manufacturer fuel economy claims anymore. Besides, there are so many other factors which influence and affect fuel economy.

    PS: Plugin hybrid SUVs are a joke.

    • xDRAN0x

      not sure their readings are good then because I often drop under 8.0L/100 kmh with the x3 35i on the highway

      • Christian Wimmer

        I’ve calculated my fuel economy at gas stations and the computer figures are pretty much spot on. In my defense, my car is usually fully loaded with heavy photographic equipment so I suppose that plays a role, but then again the engine in the 116i/118i/120i is nothing special.

  • TheBelltower

    “…doesn’t hold such a massive advantage over the regular 3.0-liter TDI version.”

    Is there anyone that would touch a VW diesel anymore?

    • S3XY

      Ya my co-worker who loves his 1999 smelly diesel Jetta. I’ve tried discussing with him VW and what has occurred but he’s pretty deluded. His understanding of the subject is limited.

    • TheHake

      Uhm… HELLO! Just look at the world-wide sales figures of VW TDi’s for 2017.

  • salamOOn

    “but this figure was measured in a laboratory over ideal conditions that are, to put it mildly, unrealistic.”

    not only that, but also test is done with fully charger batteries….you wont start every 100kilometers with fully loaded batteries.
    next thing is that test is nothing like you run a car for whole 100km, and is done in low speeds…so yes, laboratory consumption is BS.

  • TheHake

    6.7 lt/100 km is pretty decent for a car that size…

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