AUDI

AUDI E-TRON ESTATE 230kW 50 Quattro 71kWh Technik 5dr Auto [C+S]

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.8s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range195 miles

Audi's first full electric car, the e-tron, is a technological 'tour de force' and now comes in '50 quattro', '55 quattro' and 'S' 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.

TO E OR NOT TO E?

Audi's e-tron offers a very Ingolstadt-style take on how to do a fully electric large SUV. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Audi's first full electric car, the e-tron, is a technological 'tour de force' and now comes in '50 quattro', '55 quattro' and 'S' 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.

Background

Wisely perhaps, Audi took its time in creating its first fully electric car. Ingolstadt sat and watched others battle with inferior battery technology. Only in 2019 did it act to try and redefine the standard when it comes to this kind of BEV and the result proved to be this car, 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' and S variants delivers a WLTP-rated up to 274 miles of range and the e-tron drives, Audi says, like a car, not some kind of automotive appliance. Which is nice.

Driving Experience

Electric cars may have come on quite a lot since you last looked. With this e-tron, there's a choice of three variants: most choose either the 71kWh '50 quattro' mainstream model, which offers a total output of 313PS and 540NM of torque. Or the '55 quattro', which offers 408PS and 664Nm of torque. Alternatively, there's a potent 'S' model with three electric motors that mobilise up to 503PS of power and 973Nm of torque. With the ordinary '50' and '55' models, you get an electric driveline with two asynchronous motors, one up-front and the other at the rear. They're electronically linked and together deliver 4WD. With the S, there are two motors out back and a big one at the front. With the '55' and the 'S', max power is only on offer in the performance-orientated 'Boost' mode that would decimate the WLTP-rated driving range (WLTP-rated at up to 212 miles for the '50', up to 274 miles for the '55' and up to 232 miles for the e-tron S). Which you'd never get near if you frequently replicated the performance figures (a 0-62mph time of 7.0s for the '50', up to 5.7s for the '55' or 4.5s for the S). Or approached the claimed top speed of 118mph ('50'), 124mph ('55') or 130mph (S). 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 overall power drop quite a bit. Still, the performance on offer isn't bad for a car that tips the scales at around 2.5-tonnes. Air suspension is standard with all 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.

Design and Build

There are two e-tron body styles, this boxy SUV which is our focus here and the sleeker coupe-SUV e-tron Sportback. Both ride on an electrified version of the Volkswagen Group's MLB Evo platform, the same underpinnings already used by the Audi Q5 - that shares similar exterior dimensions to this car. And the brand's Q7 model - that shares similar levels of interior space to an e-tron. You'd certainly know this was an Audi if you removed the badgework; design elements like the octagon chrome-framed front grille and the elongated rear lamps connected by a light bar fit perfectly in with Ingolstadt's current styling language. Inside, at the wheel, there's the brand's usual digital 'Virtual Cockpit' virtual instrument binnacle screen as you would expect, plus the centre-stack twin-screen infotainment set-up familiar from the A6, the A7 and the A8. As a result, this electric design shares the button-free uncluttered cabin feel that characterises the interior of those models. What else? Well like the Q5 and the Q7, the back seat is comfortable for two but not really for three. There's a decently-sized 660-litre boot. And you get an extra little carriage compartment at the front where the engine would normally be, though it's mostly taken up by the charging leads. You could put a laptop or a small bag there though.

Market and Model

The e-tron now comes in three forms. There's a base '50 quattro' 71kWh version, which costs from around £60,000 and is available in four trim levels - 'Technik', 'Sport', 'S line', 'Black Edition' and 'Vorsprung'. Then there's the '55 quattro' 95kWh version, offered with the same spec choices from around £71,000. And there's the more potent e-tron S, which has three electric motors and 370kW of power and costs £87,000. To give you some competitor perspective, a Jaguar I-PACE sits in the £65,000-£80,000 bracket. And a Tesla Model S costs from around £84,000. Audi also offers a sleeker looking version of this car, the alternative e-tron Sportback body style, which sells at an £1,800 premium over the normal SUV body shape. This e-tron has two party pieces, starting with its 'Virtual Mirrors' - a pricey option you'll probably want. Here, 'L'-shaped pods replace ordinary door mirrors and transfer footage of what's happening behind to screens integrated into the doors where door handles would normally be. It'll be a real talking point for your passengers. As will the optional digital matrix headlamps with their movie-style animations. Across the range, the Audi Smartphone Interface, Audi Phonebox wireless charging, MMI navigation plus and internet-based Audi connect infotainment services are of course included as standard.

Cost of Ownership

Electric cars are going to be able to go considerably further once someone designs a battery that doesn't weigh them down like a brick. This model's 95kWh lithium-ion lump may be current state of the art but it tips the scales at 700kgs - which means it accounts for nearly a third of the weight of the whole car, this model tipping the scales at around 2.5-tonnes. Anyway, let's get to the info you'll need here. Those battery cells can be charged using a 150kW fast charger to 80% of capacity in just 30 minutes - but good luck finding one of those unless you're at an Audi dealer. For charging at home, you'll need an 11kW charger, which can replenish the battery in 8.9 hours. The claimed WLTP operating range for the e-tron 55 quattro model with its 95kWh battery pack is rated at up to 274 miles, which is a useful increase on best possible 212 mile figure of the e-tron 50 quattro variant with its 71kWh battery. It's up to 232 miles for the 95kWh three-motor e-tron S variant. How close you'll get to the quoted range figure will have a lot to do with you proficient you get with using Audi's energy regeneration control system, which allows you to tailor the car's retardation depending on driving circumstances and road conditions. There's everything from a free-wheeling mode with no retardation at all to maximum regeneration that when set, really pulls you up (by 0.3g) when you come off the accelerator. When you're driving your E-tron with the latter feature set, you'll hardly ever have to use the brakes at all.

Summary

And in summary? Well if you like the idea of a mid-sized or large premium-badged large SUV but can't stomach the thought of such a vehicle's impact on greenhouse gases, then this e-tron model will be right up your street. It's a slightly more imposing thing than Jaguar's I-PACE - and from the next technological era on from a Tesla Model S. In short, you could imagine your top management colleagues being impressed at your decision, should you take the plunge, ignore a lot of more conventional but very desirable luxury machinery and decide to run an e-tron. We still think driving range will be a dissuading issue with some buyers though. In this day and age, you should be able to take a full-electric luxury segment car of this price and be able to embark upon a five hour round trip without a moment's thought about driving range. You still can't do that with this Audi. But to some extent, that's not Ingolstadt's fault; it's where the technology currently is. Given that, this is, without doubt, state of the art.

  • Front/rear floor mats

  • Adaptive air suspension

  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Audi Smartphone Interface with wireless functionality

  • Audi drive select
  • Progressive steering
  • 360 degree camera
  • Parking system plus with 360 degree sensors and function on demand preparation

  • Power operated tailgate

  • Audi virtual cockpit
  • MMI navigation plus with MMI touch + Twin touch screens with haptic feedback

  • Frameless auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Body coloured door mirrors

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Bang & Olufsen premium sound system
  • Audi music interface - 2 USB ports with charger and data functions

  • LED rear lights

  • Removable net partition
  • Tool kit
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Lunar silver cloth headlining
  • Door sill trims with aluminium inlay
  • Compact e-tron charging system
  • AC and DC charging access point on drivers side and second AC charging access point on passenger side
  • 11KW onboard charger
  • Household plug type G (GB)
  • Vehicle inlet Combo 2
  • Twin leather upholstery
  • Industry plug CEE 32 A/230 V/6 h/long + straight
  • Mode 3 AC charging cable 22 kW

  • Gloss styling pack - E-tron
  • Multi-coloured extended LED interior lighting pack - E-tron

  • Active vehicle alerting system (AVAS)
  • Audi pre sense front and basic
  • Side, front and head airbag system
  • Seatbelt reminder + electric contact in buckle + advanced safety equipment
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts

  • Electrically adjustable front seats - driver seat with memory
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • Front head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • 4-way lumbar support for front seats
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting for front passenger seat with airbag deactivation
  • Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats

  • Anti-theft wheel bolts and wheel loosening detection
  • Keyless Go
  • Anti theft alarm
  • Advanced key

  • Quattro all wheel drive

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 420
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 11
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 50
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 120
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 71.2
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km: N
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles: N
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 309
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min: 314
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max: 298
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 23.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min: 23.4
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max: 24.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 2.6
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max: 2.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min: 2.7
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 192
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max: 185
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min: 195

  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): N
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Engine Code: GENBBE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: Technik [C+S]
  • Coin Description: 71kWh
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 71
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 76
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 313
  • Badge Engine CC: 0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 49E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 55.1
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.8
  • Top Speed: 118
  • Engine Power - BHP: 313
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Power - KW: 230
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 398
  • Engine Torque - NM: 540

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/50 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: 5-ARM
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 255/50 R20

  • Wheelbase: 2928
  • Length: 4901
  • Width (including mirrors): 2192
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1619

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 660
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 670
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2370
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3040
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1725
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.2

  • Privacy glass: £475
  • Acoustic glazing: £525

  • Audi side assist including audi pre sense rear, rear cross traffic alert and exit warning: £625
  • Lane departure warning system: Included
  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included

  • Wall mounted bracket for compact e-tron charging system: £150

  • Electrically adj heated/folding + automatically dimming exterior mirrors with memory + automatic kerb side function for passenger side exterior mirror: Included
  • Virtual exterior mirrors: £1,250

  • Dark matt brushed aluminium inlay: £425
  • Fine grain ash natural volcanic grey inlays: £575
  • Walnut natural brown inlays: £575
  • Graphite grey paint finish inlays: Included

  • Typhoon grey contrast bumpers: £0
  • Contrast bumpers in Manhattan grey: Included
  • Fixed panoramic glass roof: £1,475
  • Exclusive paint: £3,400
  • Aluminium roof rails: £425
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £750

  • LED headlights with function on demand preparation: Included
  • Audi matrix LED headlights and dynamic front and rear indicators with coming and leaving home animations: £1,350

  • 2 zone automatic air conditioning including remote pre conditioning: Included
  • Comfort remote pre conditioning: £100
  • 4 zone deluxe automatic climate control: £825

  • Electric steering wheel adjustment: £425
  • Heated 4-spoke leather multi-function steering wheel with paddles for recuperation: £200
  • Four spoke multifunction leather steering wheel with shift paddles for recuperation: Included

  • Storage and luggage compartment package - E-tron: £125
  • Air quality pack - E-tron: £425
  • City assist pack - E-tron: £1,125
  • Tour pack - E-tron: £1,950

  • Metallic - Glacier white: £750
  • Metallic - Floret silver: £750
  • Metallic - Mythos black: £750
  • Metallic - Catalunya red: £750
  • Metallic - Typhoon grey: £750
  • Metallic - Siam Biege: £750
  • Metallic - Galaxy blue: £750

  • Solid - Brilliant black: £0

  • Audi Exclusive - Custom: £3,400

  • Rear side airbags with illuminated seat buckles: £475

  • Towbar: £650

  • Twin leather - Black: £0
  • Twin leather - Pearl Beige: £0
  • Twin leather - Okapi brown: £0

  • 20" 5 arm design alloy wheels: Included
  • 20" 5 twin spoke matt titanium finish diamond cut audi sport alloy wheels: £950

  • Collapsible spare wheel with Car jack: £300
  • Tyre repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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