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Audi e-tron

TO E OR NOT TO E? (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

Audi's e-tron shows its rivals how to do a fully electric large SUV. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 66

Audi's first full electric car, the e-tron, is a technological 'tour de force' and now comes in both '50 quattro' and '55 quattro' guises. This battery-powered large SUV takes the best bits from the brand's conventional Crossovers and blends them with next-level electrification technology. There's a beautiful cabin and we're even promised engaging driving dynamics. What's not to like? The price? Well you can't have everything.

Backgroundword count: 138

Wisely perhaps, Audi has taken its time in creating its first fully electric car. Ingolstadt has sat and watched others battle with inferior battery technology. Only now has it acted to try and redefine the standard when it comes to this kind of BEV and the result is the Audi e-tron. Unsurprisingly, it's an SUV, an obvious genre choice, first because that's what the world's most lucrative markets now most want these days - and second because a Crossover's high-set practical body shape provides plenty pf space to squirrel away all the electrified engineering without it intruding into passenger room in the cabin. The liquid-cooled 95kWh lithium-ion battery in the '55 quattro' variant delivers a WLTP-rated 249 miles of range and the e-tron drives, Audi says, like a car, not some kind of automotive appliance. Which is nice.

Driving Experienceword count: 258

Electric cars may have come on quite a lot since you last looked. With this e-tron, there's a choice of two variants, starting with a 71kWh '50 quattro' entry-level model offering a total output of 313PS and 540NM of torque. Most e-tron buyers though, will opt for the 95kWh '55 quattro' derivative we tried. With the '55' model, you get an electric driveline with two asynchronous motors, one up-front with 184PS and the other at the rear with 224PS. They're electronically linked and together deliver 4WD and a prodigious power output of 407PS. Mind you, that's only on offer in the performance-orientated 'Boost' mode that would decimate the WLTP-rated 249 mile driving range if you frequently replicated the 0-62mph time of 5.7s or approached the claimed top speed of 124mph. The development team just about managed to get this car to lap the infamous 20.8km Nurburgring Nordschleife race track twice at full tilt. It's much more realistic to think of driving in 'Normal' mode, which sees the '55' model's overall power drop to 355PS - still enough to get you to 62mph in 6.4s. Not bad for a car that tips the scales at nearly 2.5-tonnes. Air suspension is standard with both e-tron variants and the ride height can be adjusted, with the 'Efficiency' mode lowering it by 27mm and 'Off-road' mode (yes, there is one) raising the car by 52mm. The steering's Q5-derived, while much of the suspension uses Q7 bits. As with other electric cars, the low centre of gravity should help in reducing body roll.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-62 mph (s):

5.7

Height (mm):

1629

Insurance group 1-50:

50

Length (mm):

4901

Max Speed (mph):

124

Price:

71520

89520

... and 2 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Hybrid, Plug-in, Electric & Hydrogen

Performance
60%
Handling
60%
Comfort
80%
Space
70%
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