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.
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.