Audi e-tron
Audi e-tron
Audi e-tron

2021 Audi e-tron

Pros: Acceleration; nicely finished interior; good cargo and passenger room

Cons: Primary electric-vehicle rivals have longer driving ranges; complicated controls

CG Says: The 2021 Audi e-tron gets increased battery range. The e-tron SUV has an estimated range of 222 miles (an increase of 18 miles), while the e-tron Sportback has an estimated range of 218 miles. Both conventional SUV and Sportback bodystyles offer a new base Premium trim that lowers the starting price by around $9000. Audi introduced its first pure-electric vehicle for 2019: a 5-passenger midsize crossover SUV named e-tron. E-tron is available in a conventional SUV bodystyle or in a fastback version that is badged Sportback. A pair of electric motors—one powering the front wheels and one powering the rear wheels—gives the e-tron standard all-wheel drive. Together, the motors develop 355 horsepower, and a maximum output of 402 horsepower in “Boost Mode,” which is accessed by flooring the accelerator pedal when the Drive Select mode is set to Dynamic and the shift lever is in Sport mode. Audi claims the e-tron can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds when in Boost Mode, and can tow up to 4000 pounds when equipped with the available towing package. Audi claims quick charging speeds—54 miles of range can be added in about 10 minutes at 150kW public charging stations. Standard equipment includes a “Virtual Cockpit” digital gauge cluster, adaptive air suspension, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot alert, top-view camera, and vehicle-exit-assist system that warns if a car or bicycle is approaching as a door is opened. Available equipment includes panoramic sunroof, heated/ventilated front seats, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, intersection assistant, power door closers, and massaging front seats. The e-tron is a well-equipped luxury SUV with generous passenger and cargo room, and an especially quiet, smooth ride. On the downside, Audi’s touchscreen controls can be complex, the e-tron’s range doesn’t quite live up to rival premium-brand EVs, and 150kW charging stations are rare at this point.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Audi
Nation of Manufacture Belgium
Base Prices Premium SUV: $66,995
Premium Sportback: $70,195
Premium Plus SUV: $75,895
Premium Plus Sportback: $79,095
Prestige: $80,195
Prestige Sportback: $83,395

Base Engine
electric motors
Horsepower
355 (402 in Boost Mode)
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (MPGe)
76-78
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)
77-78

Audi e-tron Sportback
2021 Audi e-tron Sportback
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 5
100%

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