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Audi e-tron

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Audi e-tron

(2019 - present)

    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 ‘Coupé SUV’ 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 and Coupé SUV
    Powertrain: electric motor, battery-powered
    Price: From £62,785 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.

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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: May 2019
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    Adult protection: 91%
    Child protection: 85%
    Vulnerable road users: 71%
    Safety assist: 76%

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of May 2022, the Audi e-tron has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    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

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    Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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

    Date: 2019

    Awards


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

    2022

    • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Car for Families
    • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Luxury EV

    2021

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

    2020

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

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

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    Audi e-tronThe Audi e-tron has received positive media reviews, with praise for its smooth and quiet drivetrain, practicality and overall refinement.