2020 Audi E-tron Sportback electric SUV revealed: price, specs and release date
New Audi E-tron Sportback brings rakish looks to the electric SUV formula, as well as adding extra range. Here's everything you need to know about it...
On sale: Spring 2020 | Price from: £80,000 (est)
Mixing zero-emission power with the looks of a coupé-styled SUV, the new Audi E-tron Sportback is about as on-trend as it's possible to be right now. And by adding more range and even more tech to Audi’s E-tron electric SUV, as well as the sort of svelte looks that will make sure you stand out from the crowd, the new model joins a field of very few rivals, with the Jaguar I-Pace being its closest competitor.
2020 Audi E-tron Sportback power and range
Let’s start with the E-tron Sportback's range. While the standard E-tron can manage 237 miles between charges on the official WLTP tests – falling to 196 miles on our Real Range tests – the E-tron Sportback can cover 240 miles. A large part of that gain is down to the E-tron Sportback’s more aerodynamic shape, but also because unlike the E-tron, the Sportback can be rear-wheel drive for most of the time, only switching to four-wheel drive when needed. Elsewhere, the brakes have less friction than before, and the battery’s two small water pumps have been replaced with one large one. By themselves, those changes might not seem important, until you realise that thanks to them and the efficiency gains they bring, you can get three miles further up the road than you could with the regular E-tron. Regenerative braking is also claimed to send up to 30% extra range back into the battery, by harvesting energy normally lost when you slow down.
The good news if you’ve already decided on a regular E-tron is that those efficiency gains will be carried over next year. It's also worth noting that with a WLTP-certified range of 292 miles, the Jaguar I-Pace still soundly trumps the E-tron Sportback.
Two electric motors power the E-tron Sportback, producing a combined 355bhp and 414lb ft of torque – enough to carry this luxury SUV from 0-62mph in 6.6sec. A boost mode – activated by putting the car into its sportiest setting and fully depressing the accelerator – can temporarily increase power to 402bhp for up to eight seconds.
The E-tron Sportback can charge at a rate of up to 150kW, at which point charging to 80% of capacity takes just 40 minutes. Charging using a wall-mounted charging point will take much longer.
2020 Audi E-tron Sportback interior and equipment
Inside, the E-tron Sportback is almost identical to the regular car, but as you might expect, the car’s shape means that it’s less practical than its sibling, with slightly less head room in the rear and the loss of 45 litres from the boot. With 615 litres left, however, we think most buyers won’t struggle for storage space.
The UK trim line-up starts from S line, which gets you 20in alloy wheels and air suspension as standard, as well as a sporty body kit. For buyers wanting to splash out, a special ‘Edition One’ version is available, and comes with bespoke paintwork, 21in alloy wheels and an upgraded Bang & Olufsen stereo. As on the regular E-tron, available driver assistance systems include adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping assistance, traffic sign recognition and a self-parking system.
2020 Audi E-tron Sportback price
Prices haven’t been announced yet, but are likely to start at around £80,000 – representing a significant rise over the regular E-tron. Don’t forget, though, that like all electric cars the E-tron Sportback will be eligible for the government’s £3500 electric vehicle grant.
The best electric cars, and the ones to avoid
Has Audi's newest electric car got you thinking about going green? If so, you'll want to know which electric cars should end up on your shortlist, and which aren't worth bothering with at all. In this next story, we've done the hard work for you and sorted the best from the worst. Read on for our favourites.
10. Tesla Model X
On paper, Tesla's all-electric family SUV seems to be the dream all-rounder, combining the luxury of a Range Rover Sport with the green credentials of an electric car. In practice, its low running costs and practical interior are hard to fault, and even entry-level versions aren't short on pace, but parts of its interior do feel a little cheap given the price.
9. Renault Zoe
The Zoe’s main strength is that it feels like a conventional, stylish, nippy small car, and just happens to cost pennies to run. The electric motor has enough shove for the Zoe to lead the charge away from traffic lights, and the interior has room for four to sit in reasonable comfort. Even the boot is larger than you’ll find in many regular small cars; it's easily big enough for a family's weekly shopping. The Q90 version managed 132 miles in our Real Range test.
8. Nissan Leaf
This second-generation Leaf is a much better all-rounder than the original model. It’s faster, more sophisticated to drive, bigger inside and, perhaps most importantly of all, capable of longer distances between charges. Just make sure you resist the temptation to go for the e+ version; it may have the biggest range of any Leaf yet, but it's also expensive and hard-riding.
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