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Audi E-tron review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Audi E-tron 2021 interior infotainment
  • Audi E-tron 2021 front cornering
  • Audi E-tron 2021 rear cornering
  • Audi E-tron 2021 interior dashboard
  • Audi E-tron 2021 interior rear seats
  • Audi E-tron 2021 interior infotainment
  • Audi E-tron 2021 right tracking
  • Audi E-tron 2021 front cornering
  • Audi E-tron 2021 rear cornering
  • Audi E-tron 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Audi E-tron 2021 charging socket
  • Audi E-tron 2021 interior front seats
  • Audi E-tron 2021 interior detail
  • Audi E-tron 2021 interior detail
  • Audi E-tron 2021 boot open
  • Audi E-tron 2021 front cornering
  • Audi E-tron 2021 rear cornering
  • Audi E-tron 2021 interior dashboard
  • Audi E-tron 2021 interior rear seats
  • Audi E-tron 2021 interior infotainment
  • Audi E-tron 2021 right tracking
  • Audi E-tron 2021 front cornering
  • Audi E-tron 2021 rear cornering
  • Audi E-tron 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Audi E-tron 2021 charging socket
  • Audi E-tron 2021 interior front seats
  • Audi E-tron 2021 interior detail
  • Audi E-tron 2021 interior detail
  • Audi E-tron 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Audi E-tron is priced below the BMW iX, Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes EQC and Tesla Model X. However, the entry-level 50 model has a smaller battery than those rivals so it can't travel anywhere near as far between charges.

The E-tron will cost you peanuts to run compared with a petrol or diesel alternative. As well as the cheap electricity costs, you'll benefit from relatively cheap road tax, free entry to London's Congestion Charge zone and plenty of parking benefits.

If you step up to our favourite Sport trim, you'll get full Valcona leather seats, with sports seats in the front and a front armrest. S line and Black Edition trims add sportier styling, adaptive sport suspension, privacy glass, extended leather interior trim, matrix LED headlights and larger 21in alloys.

Range-topping Vorsprung trim comes with just about every option box ticked, and you also get enormous 22in alloys. It's too expensive to recommend, though.

Audi E-tron 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

It’s difficult to know how reliable the E-tron will be, given that it has bespoke mechanicals and was too new to have featured in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. However, Audi as a brand finished poorly – 18th out of 30 – putting it behind BMW and Tesla but ahead of Jaguar, Mercedes and Porsche. 

Overview

The Audi E-tron is lavish inside, extremely hushed at high speeds and one of the most comfortable large electric cars you can buy. It's more practical than a lot of direct rivals, too. However, the acceleration and range between charges is quite disappointing for the price.

  • Cosetting ride
  • Very smooth and quiet
  • Spacious and luxurious interior
  • Disappointing range and acceleration
  • Fiddly infotainment system
  • BMW iX3 or Jaguar I-Pace is more fun to drive
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