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Audi e-tron

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Summary


The Audi e-tron is a large electric SUV/crossover vehicle, which went on sale in the UK in early 2019. It is Audi’s first production electric car, and will spearhead a new range of electric cars from the brand over the next decade.

The e-tron is available in two similar body styles; a conventional SUV with a fairly vertical tailgate, and a slightly sleeker liftback version called the e-tron Sportback. The front half of the two cars is the same.

The Audi e-tron has received positive reviews from the UK automotive media, with scores ranging from good to outstanding. The lowest scores have tended to be from performance-oriented titles like Top Gear and Evo, while the highest scores have come from consumer titles like Honest John and Auto Express.

The e-tron has received particular praise for its smooth and quiet drivetrain, practicality and overall refinement. The main criticisms levelled at it are basically that it’s not as exciting to drive as a Jaguar I-Pace and the optional rear-view wing cameras are a bit gimmicky.

Audi e-tron highlights

  • Comfortable, refined, spacious
  • Plenty of advanced technology
  • Drives better than expected for a heavy car
  • Similarities to regular Audis will appeal to some

Audi e-tron lowlights

  • More expensive than Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQC
  • Battery range not as good as rivals
  • Expensive camera option to replace mirrors not worth it
  • Not as dramatic as a Tesla Model X

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV/crossover
Powertrain: electric motor, battery-powered
Price: From £62,025 on-road

Launched: Winter 2018/19
Last updated: Summer 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Business Car

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Daily Mail

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Daily Mirror

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Evo

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Fleetworld

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: May 2019

91%

ADULT OCCUPANT

85%

CHILD OCCUPANT

71%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

76%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Audi e-tron has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the e-tron is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

Security rating


Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Pass

Date: 2019

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Audi e-tron has received

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Large Electric Car for Comfort + Best Coupé SUV for Comfort (e-tron Sportback)
  • carwow Awards – Best Large Electric Car (e-tron Sportback)

2020

  • What Car? Awards – Best Large Electric Car over £70,000

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Audi e-tron, you might also be interested in these alternatives

BMW iX3 | Ford Mustang Mach-E | Jaguar I-Pace | Mercedes-Benz EQC | Tesla Model X

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