Audi completes its hybrid collection with this A6 55 TFSI e quattro
It feels satisfying when you push the final piece to complete a set, doesn't it? When you finally have all the pieces that complete a range. It's like adding bohemian rhapsody to your 70s Vinyl record collection. It turns out, even Audi was looking to top off a collection of its own. And now, it finally has.
What collection is this?
The "TFSI e" collection! Audi has finally managed to complete its "TFSI e" collection by launching this - the A6 55 TFSI e quattro. This A6 joins its elder siblings, the A7 and A8 along with some jacked-up siblings, the Q5 and Q7, to mark the completion for all luxury models in the brand's portfolio in receiving electrification treatment. All the cars as mentioned above will bear the "TFSI e" family name at the rear.
Okay, so how is this A6 TFSI e different from the standard A6 TFSI?
Unlike the standard car, this TFSI e model variation comes with a couple of motors. The standard 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine is coupled with an electric motor to help increase the power output while saving a small group of polar bears from drowning.
Are there any differences in the power output for the A6 55 TFSI e?
Having an additional motor does help. In this case, it's just a 20hp bump help over the standard 55 TFSI, but it does come with a trade-off. The standard 55 TFSI gets a V6, which does all the heavy-pulling, whereas, with this 55 TFSI e, you get a turbocharged four-cylinder unit. While the former is suitable for 340hp, the latter's combined power output sums up to 360hp.
Although the torque figure of 500Nm remains identical in both variants, the TFSI e variant seems faster in putting that power down. Courtesy of the instant acceleration from the electric motor, the 500Nm torques can be utilised from as early as 1,250rpm, when compared to the paltry 1370rpm required by its fossil fuel sibling.
Good to know. But what about the battery pack and do we have to charge it?
This A6 houses a lithium-ion battery pack capable of storing 14.1 kWh of energy. On electric power alone, this battery pack will allow the car to run up to 33 miles or 53kms (as measured according to the WLTP procedure).
You will have to plug-in the car to a charging station. A standard public charging station with 7.4 kW output will take roughly two and a half hours to top it up whereas a domestic three-pin plug will take an additional five hours to do the same.
But won't the electric motor and battery pack eat up the cabin or luggage space?
Not that much, apparently. Audi has managed to integrate the electric motor along with the seven-speed S Tronic double-clutch gearbox to free up space. They further claim to have installed the battery pack towards the rear, 'such that the luggage compartment offers level and convenient luggage space' although exact specifications will be able to tell the tale in a better, more quantifiable manner.
Any other interesting bits the A6 55 TFSI e quattro has to offer?
Just like the rest of the range, you get three driving modes concerning the electric motor. You can choose to 'hold' the battery charge and drive solely on petrol or engage 'hybrid' to let the car's computers decide between electric and petrol or go for the self-explanatory full 'EV' mode.
Apart from that, the A6 TFSI e quattro comes with S-line body kit, 19-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass and lowered sports suspension as standard. Further enhancing the visual appeal of the car is Audi's black styling pack which adds black window trim and a black radiator grille.
Similar to any Audi of the present age, one's brimmed with tech and luxury. Substantiating the former, this A6 comes with a digital instrument cluster and the dual centre console screen setup where one comprises of a 10.1-inch infotainment system and the other controls the air conditioning unit. Cocooning oneself in luxury can be easily perfected in an Audi as this one features sports seats, a leather-trimmed sports steering wheel and four-zone climate control.
What about price and availability?
The base model for the Audi A6 55 TFSI e quattro retails for EUR 68,850 (approx $76,200) with prices pointing north with every tick on the options list. Audi will be accepting orders for the car starting later this year while the initial deliveries are expected to begin by early 2020.