AUDI

AUDI E-TRON SPORTBACK 370kW S Quattro 95kWh 5dr Auto [C+S]

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.5s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range224 miles

Audi's e-tron EV brand gets a sharper edge with this e-tron Sportback model. This Coupe-SUV has a much more stylish look and, like the standard SUV variant, offers the choice of two battery sizes and two or three-motor drive options. If you thought Jaguar's I-PACE was the only battery-powered luxury large SUV capable of rewarding at the wheel, a drive in one of these might make you think again.

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Audi's e-tron Sportback is the brand's large Coupe-SUV. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

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Audi's e-tron EV brand gets a sharper edge with this e-tron Sportback model. This Coupe-SUV has a much more stylish look and, like the standard SUV variant, offers the choice of two battery sizes and two or three-motor drive options. If you thought Jaguar's I-PACE was the only battery-powered luxury large SUV capable of rewarding at the wheel, a drive in one of these might make you think again.

Background

What's possibly the least environmentally sensible vehicle genre on the market? That for sporting large coupe-styled luxury SUVs would have to be right up there, cars like the BMW X6, the Mercedes GLE Coupe and the Audi Q8. Could a car of this sort ever be really socially responsible? With its e-tron Sportback model, Audi thinks it can be. This car, as its name suggests, is a fastback version of the brand's regular e-tron, the company's large full-electric EV which battles segment rivals like Jaguar's I-PACE and the Mercedes EQC. The ordinary e-tron is an impressive feat of technology but can sometimes feel a little flat-footed in this company. The e-tron Sportback doesn't just look more dynamic: Audi's moved to make sure that it drives that way too.

Driving Experience

Electric cars may have come on quite a lot since you last looked. Two electric motors are now de rigeur on larger luxury models like this one and, uniquely, faster versions of this Audi can now even offer three. We'll get to that, after we've briefed you on the core offering here for the twin-motor 'e-tron Sportback 50' and 'e-tron Sportback 55' models most customers for this model line will be looking at. Both share pretty much exactly the same engineering as the existing, boxier e-tron SUV we first tried back in 2019. Which means that, as with that body shape, there are two battery options, the base '50' variant using a 71kWh powerpack and the more popular '55' derivative that, like all other e-tron Sportbacks, features the bigger 95kWh battery we've got here. Either way, with these two models, your battery of choice powers two electronically linked asynchronous motors, one on each axle. This in turn creates an electrified interpretation of Audi's quattro all drive system, though in low demand situations the car will be rear-driven thanks to a decoupling system that disconnects the front drive motor when it isn't needed. As you might expect, the electric motor output you get depends on the variant you choose. The entry-level '50 quattro' model offers 313PS and has a best possible 215 mile rated range; the '55 quattro' variant has 360PS (or up to 408PS if you select an 'S' overboost mode) and its bigger battery improves the range figure to a (still rather modest) best possible figure of 281 miles. The other variant available in the range is the top e-tron S Sportback performance version, the world's first electric vehicle to use three drive motors. The larger electric motor that on a conventional e-tron Sportback sits at the rear has here been moved to the front, freeing up space for twin smaller motors to sit on the back axle, allowing torque vectoring and fully variable torque distribution between the rear wheels for considerably enhanced - and really rather astonishing - levels of cornering agility. Extra motive power in this S model means a higher output of course - up to 435PS with 808Nm of torque; or, with the 'S' mode engaged for overtaking, 503PS, with a thumping 973Nm of torque. Enough to simply hurl this Audi at the horizon; 62mph from rest is recorded at 4.5s: driving more sedately, the S variant's WLTP-rated driving range figure is 236 miles. Unlike its rivals from Jaguar and Mercedes, Audi fits air suspension as standard to all e-tron Sportbacks and it imperiously deals with speed humps and potholes, plus it can lower itself to give the car greater stability at speed.

Design and Build

Like the standard e-tron SUV, this Sportback version is a substantial thing, measuring in 4,901mm long, 1,935mm wide and 1,616mm tall. To give you some perspective, that makes it 85mm shorter, 60mm narrower and 89mm lower than Audi's conventional offering in this segment, the Q8. The difference over an ordinary e-tron is obvious; a coupe-like rear roofline cut from the A7 Sportback sweeps back 20mm lower into a liftback-style tailgate. But of course the underpinnings are shared with a normal e-tron SUV. Which means that this car doesn't use the MEB or PPE platforms that the Volkswagen Group specifically developed for EVs produced by its brands. Instead, there's an electrified version of the ordinary MLB platform found in the company's conventional large models. Inside up front, the e-tron Sportback (unsurprisingly) shares everything with a normal e-tron. So there's a dual touchscreen layout in the centre stack and you get the option of virtual wing mirrors that operate in your normal wing mirror sightline with tiny screens. There are differences in the back of course, where the lowered roofline obviously affects headroom but a couple of adults could live with it. Boot capacity falls to 615-litres, 45-litres less than the e-tron but folding the rear bench frees up 1,655-litres. In addition, as with that car, 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

There's a wide range of pricing for this e-tron Sportback. At the time of this test in Summer 2021, customers were looking at anything from just over £62,000 for an entry-level variant with the smallest '50'-series battery, to around £104,000 for the plushest version of the top e-tron S Sportback model. Think in terms of an £1,800 premium over the standard SUV e-tron body shape. As with that body style, there are four trim levels for conventional models - 'Technik', 'Sport', 'S line', 'Black Edition' and 'Vorsprung'. If you're looking at the standard twin motor variant of this Audi, then ideally, you'd probably want to upgrade from the standard 71kWh battery of the entry-level '50 quattro' version to the larger 95kWh battery of the '55 quattro' variant with its extended range; the price premium to do that is £10,800. If you want to go further and get the more powerful three-motor 'S' version of this model, (which also uses the 95kWh battery), then the premium to do that would be just under £9,000 - assuming you're upgrading from a typical mid-range 'S line'-spec e-tron Sportback 55 quattro to the standard e-tron S Sportback quattro derivative we tried, which at the time of this test cost around £89,000. 'S' variants come only in this standard form or, for £15,000 more, in plusher 'Vorsprung' guise.

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 281 miles, which is a useful increase on best possible 215 mile figure of the e-tron 50 quattro variant with its 71kWh battery. It's up to 236 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

Arguably, this Sportback e-tron variant is the car the standard e-tron model ought to be. A large luxury EV that's more than just a statement of technology. But one instead with extra pavement presence and an added dose of engagement. The compromises required over the ordinary car in terms of rear seat passenger space and luggage capacity shouldn't be too taxing for most likely owners to make. And this Sportback variant also showcases some useful changes to e-tron tech that Audi's made since this sub-brand's original launch. Ultimately, as with the ordinary e-tron SUV, you'll have to really like the Audi brand to really want one of these. But if you appreciate Ingolstadt's cool, understated, considered approach to luxury motoring, then here a future that's very Vorsprung durch Elektrisch beckons.

  • Side and rear window privacy glass

  • Front/rear floor mats

  • Adaptive sport air suspension

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

  • Progressive steering
  • Audi drive select
  • 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

  • Black dashboard

  • Front and rear audi music interface - 2USB-C ports with charge and rear data function in addition to 2 front ports to play music from portable storage
  • Bang & Olufsen premium sound system
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Body colour bumpers
  • Rear boot lip spoiler
  • S specific front bumper with spoiler lip and air intake surrounds in silver
  • S specific flared wheel arches
  • S side sills with door inlays in selenite silver
  • S rear bumper with insert in selenite silver
  • S badging on the front grille and rear boot
  • S logo on car key

  • LED rear lights
  • Audi beam with e-tron logo

  • Operating buttons in black + glass look with haptic feedback
  • Tool kit
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Black cloth headlining
  • Start Stop button with red surround
  • S embossing on shifter
  • Industry plug CEE 32 A/230 V/6 h/long + straight
  • Comfort front centre armrest
  • 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
  • Mode 3 AC charging cable 22 kW

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

  • Audi pre sense front and basic
  • Active vehicle alerting system (AVAS)
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Side, front and head airbag system

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

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

  • Quattro all wheel drive

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 534
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 11
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 50
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 150
  • 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: 95
  • 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: 359
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min: 361
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max: 354
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 27.2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min: 26.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max: 27.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 2.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max: 2.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min: 2.3
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 223
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max: 220
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min: 224

  • 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: GEASCE

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

  • Coin Series: S [C+S]
  • Coin Description: 95kWh
  • 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: 503
  • 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: 50E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 82.4
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.5
  • Top Speed: 130
  • Engine Power - BHP: 503
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Power - KW: 370
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 596
  • Engine Torque - NM: 808

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Rear: 265/45 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 21" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: 5-ARM
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 265/45 R21

  • Wheelbase: 2928
  • Length: 4902
  • Width (including mirrors): 2189
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1615

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 615
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 625
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2620
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3245
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1665
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.2

  • Acoustic glazing: £525

  • Orange painted E-tron brake callipers: £425
  • Brake calipers painted black with S logo at the front: Included

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

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

  • Virtual exterior mirrors: £1,250
  • Electrically adj heated/folding + automatically dimming exterior mirrors with memory + automatic kerb side function for passenger side exterior mirror: Included
  • Aluminium door mirror housings: Included
  • Carbon mirror housings: £750

  • Dark matt brushed aluminium inlay: Included
  • Carbon twill inlays: £450

  • Fixed panoramic glass roof: £1,475
  • Metallic paint: £750
  • Pearlescent paint: £750
  • Aluminium roof rails: £425
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Audi matrix LED headlights and dynamic front and rear indicators with coming and leaving home animations: Included
  • Digital Matrix lights with dynamic front & rear indicators and coming/leaving home customisable animations: £3,175

  • 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: £0
  • 3 spoke flat bottomed multi function steering wheel in perforated leather with paddles for recuperation and S logo: Included
  • Valcona leather upholstery with diamond pattern contrast stitching front S sports seats S embossed logo: Included

  • Extended leather pack with Additional valcona leather upholstery - E-tron: £750
  • 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 - Antigua blue: £750
  • Metallic - Glacier white: £750
  • Metallic - Mythos black: £750
  • Metallic - Catalunya red: £750
  • Metallic - Navarra blue: £750
  • Metallic - Siam Biege: £750

  • Pearl - Daytona grey: £750

  • Solid - Brilliant black: £0

  • Rear side airbags with illuminated seat buckles: £475

  • Extended leather pack with Additional valcona leather - Aras red with grey diamond pattern contrast stitching + S front sports seats S embossed logo: £750
  • Valcona leather - Black with rock grey diamond pattern contrast stitching + S front sports seats S embossed logo: £0
  • Valcona leather - Rotor grey with anthracite diamond pattern contrast stitching + S front sports seats S embossed logo: £0

  • 21" 5 arm S design alloy wheels: Included
  • 21" 5 Y spoke rotorgloss anthracite black diamond cut Audi sport alloy wheels: £725

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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