Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The E-tron is priced below its key rivals, the Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes EQC and Tesla Model X. However, it does have a smaller battery than those cars so can't travel anywhere near as far between charges. And there are many cheaper alternatives to consider, too, including the BMW iX3, Polestar 2, Volvo XC40 Recharge and Tesla Model 3.
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.
A full battery charge from a 7kW wallbox takes around 10.5 hours, but with charging rates off up to 150kW a 10-80% charge in less than 30min is possible – if you can find an appropriate public charging point. And on that note, we have to say that, right now, only Tesla's prolific Supercharging network gives you the ability to travel long distances with the peace of mind that there'll be a reliable, available fast charger somewhere nearby.
Equipment, options and extras
The list of standard equipment for the entry-level Technik trim includes heated front seats, part-leather upholstery, two-zone climate control, power-folding door mirrors, cruise control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and an electric tailgate. Plus there are charging points on both sides of the car, so you never have to drag cables over the top of it, and all the infotainment and parking aids we've mentioned before.
Step up to Sport trim, our favourite, and 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, privacy glass, extended leather interior trim 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 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey. However, Audi as a brand finished poorly: 22nd out of 31 – one place behind Jaguar, far behind BMW, but above Porsche, Mercedes, and Tesla.
Like conventionally powered Audis, the E-tron comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, while its battery is covered for eight years or 100,000 miles – whichever comes first.
Safety and security
All versions of the E-tron come with low-speed automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance. There are heaps more active safety aids on the options list, too, or if you go for range-topping Vorsprung trim.
Independent testing by Euro NCAP revealed the E-tron to be one of the safest premium electric cars. It just pipped the I-Pace and Model X's child occupant protection scores, although didn't score quite as well for adult occupant protection. It's no surprise, then, that it scored the full five-star NCAP rating overall.
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