Audi e-tron SUV
Built with Audi DNA
Base MSRP: From $74,800
Tax Credit: Up to $7,500
EPA Range: 204 miles, pure electric
Battery Size: 95kWh Charging Acceptance Rate: 9.6 kWh
Reviews of the Audi e-tron SUV
Performance: Electric vehicle (EV); 95-kWh battery, 408 horsepower
Mileage estimate: Equivalent of 92-107 mpg
Price estimate: $74,900 to $81,900
Warranty: 4 years / 50,000 miles
Drivertrain warranty: 4 years / 50,000 miles Roadside Assistance: 4 years / unlimited miles Corrosion: 12 years / unlimited miles
Audi’s first pure electric SUV
German automakers are not shy when it comes to making a commitment to electric vehicles (EV). First it was BMW announcing that it would produce 12 electric models by 2025. It didn’t take long for Audi to weigh in on its intentions, mirroring the BMW promise by stating that it would also have 12 electric models by 2025.
More specifically, Audi ambitiously says it wants to reach 800,000 EVs sold by 2025, including half of them the all-electric version.
The 2019 Audi e-tron is the first all-electric sport utility vehicle by Audi, which is part of the Volkswagen group. The e-tron is built in Brussels at a plant that previously manufactured the Audi A1.
On appearance alone, we’re already a fan of the e-tron. It looks like a “normal” 5-five-passenger luxury SUV, a fact we applaud. Too many auto groups go for a quirky exterior when it comes to EVs. The Audi e-tron is stylish and refined. The only complaint here is the low-slung roofline – 4.9 inches shorter than the Audi Q7, another SUV.
The Audi e-tron looks good and performs even better. It has terrific performance and offers an extremely quiet ride. Inside, the e-tron is spacious and comfortable. The price tag isn’t cheap, starting at just under $75,000, but that’s what one should expect to pay for a luxury all-electric SUV.
Despite the above-mentioned attributes, the bottom line for many EV buyers is the vehicle’s range. The Audi e-tron also does pretty well in that category. European testers say it can go 248 miles before a charge is required. According to some e-tron testers in the U.S., that figure is a bit inflated and a more accurate assessment is between 210 and 225 miles.
If accurate, the U.S. figure puts the e-Tron behind a pair of competitors. The Jaguar I-Pace has a 234-mile range and the Tesla Model X goes 238 miles before a charge is required.
Unlike the range, there’s little controversy in regard to charging the e-tron. The 95-kilowatt (kWH) battery can go from zero to 80-percent charged in approximately 30 minutes with a 350-kW DC fast-charger. Home charging takes about nine hours from a 240 Volt/50 Amp outlet.
Vehicle Power and Speed
Power is ample with the Audi e-tron. There are a pair of electric motors that generate 408 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque. The e-tron has been clocked going 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds, a rate that is extremely quick by any standard, much less for an EV. And this is a rather heavy SUV, weighing 5,489 pounds, including the battery pack weight of 1,543 pounds. Top speed is 124 mph.
The rear motor delivers 187 horsepower and 231 pound-feet of torque, while the front motor produces 168 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. The Audi e-tron comes equipped with all-wheel drive.
A low-mounted battery pack gives the Audi e-tron a lower center of gravity that plays a role in its sporty handling. It also gets good marks for handling, ride quality and smooth braking. The regenerative braking helps the e-tron decelerate and can be manually controlled by the flaps behind the steering wheel.
The e-tron also has versatility because it offers a modest off-road capability. Don’t plan on climbing over boulders, but the 8.2 inches of ground clearance allows the e-tron to navigate modest bumps and go over loose terrain with no problem.
There’s nothing real fancy regarding the interior design, but it was done with quality materials and there’s a certain refinement overall. There are very few buttons, which makes the learning curve a little steeper when trying to master all the controls. The 12-way power adjustments create comfortable seating up front. There’s even a message function that can be a blessing on a long trip. The rear seats don’t have the same comfort level, but are fine overall for an average adult. Cargo space is fine at 28.5 cubic feet and extends to 57 cubic feet with the back seat down.
In its calculated move of going green with a stable of electric vehicles, Audi makes a nice start with the e-tron. There’s lots to applaud, starting with the exterior and including performance, comfort and interior makeup.
User Reviews of the Audi e-tron
I live in Colorado and my electric company is Holy Cross. Holy Cross gives its customers who have an all electric EV a free, yes free, 240 volt charger for home.