Audi e-tron SUV 2020 Review
has a new name for its all-electric models, a sub-brand if you will. The name
is e-tron and the company’s first model is called just that: e-tron. The name
will suffix other more familiar models - notably the forthcoming Q4 e-tron - and
will help take Audi forward into the electric age.
is nothing shy or retiring about the e-tron’s looks: strong-shouldered,
bold-grilled and very high waisted, it sits on considerable 20 or 21-inch
wheels. In contrast to the dramatic front and large haunches, the tail is neat
and its features more subtle.
unmistakably an SUV, its lower roof line is on trend as consumers look for
sleeker silhouettes. For those seeking to pay a premium for an even lower
roofed version, e-tron Sportback is available too.
it’s all very Audi, with familiar, neat screens and clear 12.3-inch driver
display. Muted textures and finishes grace the dashboard and there’s smart
e-tron badging ahead of the passenger. Build is up to Audi’s usual standard and
it feels particularly spacious for front and rear passengers.
option fitted to the car I drove was Virtual Door Mirrors, with screens set in
the door panels showing the view from rear-facing, door-mounted cameras. While
tiny cameras save some of the drag caused by large mirrors, they won’t be to
everyone’s taste: the screens are set a little low and do require the driver to
focus close up and then refocus back on the road ahead.
Engine power & specs
power outputs are available, denoted by Audi’s new numbering system with either
’50’ or ’55’ on the tailgate. The 50 has a 71kWh battery, producing 313 PS; the
55 a 95kWh and 408PS. Both models are all-wheel-drive and of course automatics.
The 95kWh 55
model - driven - gives the e-tron a very practical 248 mile range, according to
the official WLTP test cycle figures. Rapid charging can achieve 80% of charge
in approximately 45 minutes; using an 11kW home charger will take around 8.5
Performance & drive
the e-tron is a serene affair, the pleasing surge of power, a whisper of road
noise and very little else. Air suspension and adaptive dampers come as
standard but the e-tron does feel its two-and-a-half tonne weight, and some of
the road’s smaller imperfections can be felt in the cabin.
e-tron will be trying to pinch sales from sporty rivals such as Jaguar’s I-PACE
and Tesla’s Model X and in terms of performance, it is undeniably quick. Sport
mode does improve body control significantly too, yet feels harsh; better is to
ease into the comfortable seats and enjoy the e-tron as a grand tourer rather
than a sports car.
So it’s here: Audi’s first all-electric car, the
accomplished e-tron. We like its refinement, build quality and promise of up
to 248 miles on each full charge. Importantly, it’s here today and shows that
drivers won’t be having to make compromises when petrol and diesel are but
About the Author
Andrew is a freelance motoring journalist with a background in IT and the vehicle leasing industry. With a lifetime’s passion for all things automotive, he can be found behind the wheel of everything from vans to supercars. In addition to reviewing the latest vehicles and technology, Andrew also runs a couple of classic British motors. He lives at the edge of the Peak District with his son and cat.
Andrew Wright @theMotorWriter
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