Audi E-tron Sportback long-term test: report 10

Can you live with a fully electric car if you can't charge at home? We're finding out with the help of the Audi E-tron Sportback...

LT Audi E-tron Sportback charging at night

The car Audi E-tron Sportback 55 quattro 96kWh S line Run by Steve Huntingford, editor

Why it's here We want to see if Audi's electric coupé SUV feels worthy of its £80k price tag and fits into everyday life

Needs to Deliver a wow factor befitting its price, and not be compromised by its mode of propulsion or sleek looks

Mileage 4400 List price £80,675 Target Price £76,677 Price as tested £84,795 Test range 197 miles Official range 247 miles

7 December 2021 – Winter wheels

Like many of her fellow four year olds, my daughter is a big fan of the Disney movie Frozen – particularly its rather moody heroine Elsa, who apparently isn’t bothered by the cold. However, electric cars like my Audi E-tron Sportback very much are, with their batteries becoming increasingly inefficient as the mercury falls. So, how much of a difference are we talking about?

Well, as I mentioned last month, I was seeing 240 miles of range on a full charge at the height of summer, with that falling to 226 by the time the temperature had dropped to around 10 degrees. But then Sunday evening, when it was just two degrees outside, I topped up on my way home from visiting friends and saw 197 miles.

LT Audi E-tron Sportback 197-mile range readout

Fortunately, the accuracy of the E-tron’s range readout continues to impress; the sat-nav and Google informed me that it was 71 miles from the charger to my flat, and despite most of this journey being on the motorway and me not driving much below the speed limit, I arrived with the estimated range down by 73 miles.

This is in sharp contrast to some other electric cars that I’ve tried, which seem to lose a couple of miles of range for every mile you cover at motorway speeds.

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