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Audi E-tron review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Performance & drive

Audi E-tron 2021 rear cornering
  • 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:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

If you're looking at the two-star rating above and thinking, "The Audi E-tron must be a real slowcoach", it's important to have some context. It's certainly not slow: the entry-level 50 quattro model has 309bhp and can do 0-60mph in 6.8sec, and the 402bhp 55 quattro knocks a couple of tenths of a second off that. Those figures are on the sluggish side compared with its main rivals, though. The entry-level Jaguar I-Pace will hit 62mph from rest in 4.8sec, while only the pricey 496bhp E-tron S can compete with that – it does it in 4.5sec. 

So, how far can the E-tron go on a full battery? Well, officially, the 50 quattro has a range of 197 miles, although you're more likely to get about 150 miles in real-world driving. The E-tron S has an official range of 223 miles and the 55 quattro ekes it out to 254. When we tested the 55 in very cold conditions, it returned a real-world range of 182 miles.

Suspension and ride comfort

The standard air suspension does a grand job of wafting you along when the E-tron is in Comfort mode. Indeed, it deals with all manner of lumps and bumps better than a Model X or an EQC, and is roughly on a par with the I-Pace and range-topping iX xDrive50 for comfort.

For the smoothest ride, stick with the 20in alloy wheels that come as standard on Technik and Sport trims. That said, the 21in rims Audi gives you on the posher trim levels, along with adaptive sports air suspension, don't exactly make the ride fractious. 

Switch the suspension to Dynamic mode and things become noticeably more jiggly over broken city streets. On faster, undulating roads, though, it’s more settled, because this mode enables the suspension to keep tighter control over the vertical body movements.

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