Let’s admit it: for quite some time, electric vehicles weren’t that good. The range was very modest and the packaging often meant compromising and getting either not enough space for occupants or luggage.
The new generation, however, promises much more, and the Audi E-Tron is a perfect example of that. An SUV for the entire family, it has the great quality materials typical of the German brand’s models, along with lots of leather inside, three screens used to display or control various functions and sufficient space for adults at the back, as well as their luggage behind them.
Since it travels in complete silence, engineers had to pay extra care to sound proofing, reducing the road and wind noise as much as possible. And it appears that they have managed to do so, as it’s very quiet on the go. Despite being large and heavy, the direct steering and instant torque provided by the two electric motors do a great job at making it feel agile. The motors produce up to 420 HP in Boost Mode, providing a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) acceleration of only 5.5 seconds – in a vehicle that weighs about 5,500 lbs (2.5 tons)!
Juice comes from a 95 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which gives a range of 204 miles (328 km) in the EPA standard. Plug it into a 115 kW fast charger and you’ll only have to wait around 30 minutes or so for it to charge from 0 to 80 percent, whereas using the 11 kW wall box takes around 8.5 hours to fully charge it – better leave that for the night, then, when you’re safely at home.
There’s no denying that the E-Tron makes a very good first impression, and it’s about to become even hotter with the introduction of the high-performance variant; but that’s a story for another time. Meanwhile, let’s see what else the reviewer had to say about it in the video directly below.