2013 Audi QS5

Which is a better premium crossover buy, diesel or hybrid

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Both diesel and gasoline hybrid crossovers get excellent mileage, but excell in different ways. Which would you choose?

The 2013 Audi QS5 and the 2013 RX450h both offer incredible fuel efficiency for vehicles of their size and weight. Fuel efficiency comes with an initial purchase price penalty. There is no debate on that fact. It can be argued that over time, factoring in resale values, and guesstimating the price of gasoline over time, that a vehicle with a hybrid drivetrain, or a diesel engine, will pay the owner back. In the mainstream mid-size sedan segment each manufacturer now offers a hybrid. Without exception, each is slow. Without exception, the price premium is a significant percentage of the overall cost of the vehicle. However, if one moves up to the premium mid-size crossover market, the price premium is less important to the buyer, and the vehicles are not slow. In fact, they may even be the fastest available models from that line-up. There are two technologies that have matured to the point where they can now be considered ready for prime time. Let’s take a look at the benefits of each using the 2013 Audi SQ5 and the 2013 Lexus RX450h as our examples.

2013 Audi QS5 Diesel Torque
Some owners of a premium mid-size crossover like the 2013 Audi QS5 are owners of fun toys. Toys like medium sized boats, or side-by-side off-road quads. Boat owners often find themselves backing their vehicles down a steep, slippery ramp until the back wheels are in the water. They then load a heavy boat onto a heavy trailer and pull it all up that steep ramp. The lake that boat just came from may be in the mountains. On the ride home the 2013 Audi QS5 driver may decide to show off to his buddy and pass a tractor up a hill. A torque-monster, twin-turbo diesel can actually do that. The Audi pilot wants to hear his buddy say “Wow, this thing is pulls like my F-150.” So that he can reply “F’n A Bubba. And she gets 30 mpg” Or maybe something a bit more cultured.


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It would be good to see a Diesel Plug-in Hybrid, and even better a turbine plug-in hybrid. This way, you could throw at it gasoline, diesel, cooking oil and heck, even hydrogen if it was available. But we won't see that any time soon unfortunately.
That is a good point.