Audi E-tron Review

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Audi E-tron Estate
From £59,845.00 or £474.11 on LeaseFetcher.

Audi's first plunge into the EV market comes in the form of the striking e-tron Estate. Expect the usual luxurious features with the added bonus of cheap running costs!

Pros

  • Luxurious and roomy interior.

  • High-tech cabin.

Cons

  • Jaguar I-Pace has a longer range.

  • Expensive price tag.

Exterior

5/5

Driving Experience

4/5

Interior

4/5

Practicality

4/5

Running Costs

4/5

Our Rating:


Overall Verdict

The Audi e-tron Estate is an upmarket electric SUV that blends plenty of high-tech features and bags of practicality. You’ll be pleased to hear that Audi’s first plunge into the electric vehicle market hasn’t sacrificed any of the German manufacturer’s design wisdom either.

The Audi e-tron has the stylish swagger to rival top-dogs like the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X and the practicality to challenge the Mercedes EQC and the Porsche Taycan

Depending on your preferred trim, the e-tron SUV comes with either a 71kwh or a 95kwh lithium ion battery which gives the e-tron a range of 188 miles or 248 miles respectively before you’ll have to stop to charge.

On the topic of charging, your e-tron can be charged in nine hours using a 11kW home wallbox, but find a rapid 150kW fast-charger at a motorway service station and you can charge your battery from 0-80% in just under 30 minutes.

The interior cabin is where the Audi e-tron starts to really raise its game. You get a state-of-the-art infotainment system with three super HD screens including Audi’s impressive Virtual Cockpit. 

In terms of practicality, the Audi e-tron has plenty of boot space to complement its spacious cabin. You’ll also get a nifty little “frunk” under the bonnet which is an ideal home for your charging cable. Up front, there'll be no issues getting comfortable, but the rear seats can start to feel a little cramped with three burly passengers.

The Audi e-tron isn’t shy on innovative features either. In a first for a production car, owners can opt to remove the e-tron’s door mirrors and replace them with cameras located just above the door handles on each side.

Thanks to Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive powertrain, the e-tron is capable of tackling off-road terrain, but don’t expect it to be marauding over hills in any sort of Land Rover-esque style.

The Audi e-tron has enough all-round talent to ruffle a few feathers in the premium EV market, but does it have enough to topple the very best electric cars? Find out by reading the rest of our Audi e-tron car review! 


Available Trims

Technik 

 The entry-level Technik trim sports a striking set of 20” ‘5-arm’ design alloy wheels, LED headlights with Function-on-Demand preparation and contrast finish bumpers. Step inside and the e-tron is as futuristic as its name suggests. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit and MMI Navigation Plus come as standard alongside heated seats, Parking System Plus, Cruise Control and a 36-month subscription to Audi Connect Infotainment Systems.

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Sport 

 The Sport trim highlights include 20” ‘5-arm’ dynamic design with contrasting grey alloy wheels to add a stylish dimension to the e-tron’s exterior. The front sport seats in Valcona leather upholstery are exceptionally cosy and the perk of having a comfortable front centre armrest makes all the difference on those long journeys. Tech-wise, the Sport gains an Audi Phone Box with a wireless charging feature so you’ll never have to forget your charger again.

From £62,545.00 or £510.83 per month on LeaseFetcher

S line 

 The S Line trim is where Audi starts to put the foot down in terms of performance and style. The 21” ‘5-arm turbine’ alloy wheels in contrasting grey are satisfyingly hypnotical when seen in action. The Matrix LED headlights use ground-breaking tech to activate, deactivate and dim lights as necessary, while the adaptive air suspension gives the e-tron a level of versatility to deal with all road conditions effortlessly. The S Line exterior styling pack also gives the e-tron a sportier edge, plus privacy glass on the rear windows.

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e-tron 

On top of a TFSI 55 engine, the e-tron trim also packs Audi Virtual Cockpit and MMI Navigation Plus as standard, as well as deluxe 2-Zone Electronic Climate Control and Parking System Plus with 360 degree display and rear-view camera. It truly is a perfect concoction of performance and sophistication.

Launch Edition 

 The Launch Edition trim is the creme de la creme. In addition to the standard e-tron or S line trim, the Launch Edition packs a quartet of 21” ‘5-V-spoke star’ Audi Sport wheels in a glossy platinum design. It also comes equipped with Audi beam puddle lights with the e-Tron logo, Virtual Door Mirrors, and black styling pack that adds to its already commanding presence. Audi Side Assist including Audi Pre-Sense Rear, Cross-Traffic Assist Rear and Exit Warning also come as standard.

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Exterior

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The Audi e-tron is by no means your typical electric car. By this, we mean no strange front grille, no front-end charging port or just any sort of morphed front-end that makes us feel slightly unsettled!

This was Audi’s game plan all along - to construct a vehicle with electric car credentials to match the visual appearance of a petrol or diesel powered SUV.

The e-tron also features electric charging points on both sides of the car, while the standard door mirrors can be swapped for a pair of cutting edge cameras inside the cabin.


Driving Experience

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The Audi e-tron is available in the form of two lithium ion battery packs - both of which are fitted with quattro four wheel drive.

The 230kw 50 quattro 71kWh power output comes with an automatic transmission as standard. When combined with the all-wheel drive powertrain, it has the capacity to produce 313bhp.

Charging times for the 71kWh battery depends on the type of charger you’re using. Fully charging the battery with a DC120kW takes around 50 minutes, while an AC public 11kW will be around 7 hours. Implement a cost-effective AC 7kW home wallbox and your e-tron will be juiced up in 10.5 hours.

The 71kWh e-tron is capable of 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds and maxes out at a top speed of 118mph. The 188 mile range is slightly disappointing when compared against the higher e-tron output, as well as rival competitors. The Jaguar I-Pace (292 miles) has over 100 miles on the e-tron, while the Mercedes EQC can do 279 before needing charged.

In contrast, the 300kW 55 quattro 95kWh battery has more fitting credentials to challenge the likes of the Jaguar I-Pace and the Tesla Model X.

Powered by batteries and two electric motors, the 95kWh e-tron has enough power to produce 402bhp, beating the 394bhp offered in the Jaguar I-Pace. 

Performance-wise, the Audi e-tron excites across the board. Its 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds and top speed of 124mph are mightily impressive for an electric car. Although its 250 mile range lags behind the I-Pace and Tesla Model X, the e-tron’s front and rear axle motors mean you’ll experience effortless acceleration, even on slippery roads. 

Aside from standard charging, the e-tron uses regenerative braking to bank some extra power - you can control this via paddles on the steering wheel. Its near-silent electric motors makes the driving experience a peaceful escape rather than a mind-numbing burden, while its instant thrust means you can shoot into gaps when others are caught dawdling.


Driving Position

Finding your optimum position in the e-tron is a stress-free task thanks to a wide range of steering wheel and seat adjustment. You can also swap the manually adjustable steering wheel for one with electrical powers, which even meanders out the way when you enter the car.

The front pillars are slim, and while the rear pillars are quite thick, you are assisted by rear parking sensors and a rear view camera as standard.


Handling

For all the e-tron’s innovative kit, it's a very heavy car. With a meaty 700kg battery hidden under the floor, the e-tron weighs in at almost 2,500kg - 300kg heavier than the Jaguar I-Pace and 150kg heavier than the Tesla Model X.

Despite its heavyweight stature, the e-tron handles pretty sufficiently, grips well and manages to glide through bends at a fair rate of knots thanks to the standard Audi quattro all-wheel drive.


Suspension

Audi fits adaptive air suspension and adaptive dampers as standard in an effort to challenge the top dogs in the EV market. And credit where credit’s due - the comfy air suspension makes it one of the most relaxing electric SUVs to travel in for long periods.

Audi e-tron Estate Interior

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If you’re wondering whether Audi have gone against the grain and tried something new with the e-tron Estate - try again. Audi are renowned for their quality interiors and the e-tron most definitely follows suit.

Styling

The e-tron’s posh interior cabin is pieced together using an array of high-grade materials. In the cabin you can feast your eyes on the soft-touch plastics, chrome highlights, glossy trims and splashes of leather upholstery. 

Saying that, the brittle sides of the centre console and glove box are made from hard, scratchy plastics which makes the e-tron feel a tad budget compared to the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X.

You’ll soon get over this, however, once you nestle into the heated front seats with driver memory function and 4-way electric lumbar support that come as standard.

Tech

The Audi e-tron may not get the Tesla Model X’s huge infotainment screen, but it certainly out-screens the Model X with the potential for 5 screens - yes, 5. 

The central MMI infotainment system consists of two HD touchscreens in the centre of the dashboard. The higher 10.1” screen is crisp and responsive, controlling the entertainment, sat-nav and vehicle settings.

Directly beneath this, you’ve got an 8.6” touchscreen that controls the e-tron’s climate controls. Unfortunately, the awkward height of the lower touchscreen means you’re forced to avert your eyes off the road which is rather distracting when driving.

The home screen icons are large enough so you can joust your finger towards your desired function relatively easily, but it’s a slight shame that you don’t have a rotary dial between the front seats to help you navigate the system on the move.

You’ll also get a 12.3” Virtual Cockpit display instead of the slightly outdated analogue dials. This is positioned behind the steering wheel and also offers sat-nav capabilities.

If you want to take your e-tron to the next level, we highly recommend adding the two rear-facing cameras that replace the conventional wing mirrors. Not only do they help improve the car’s aerodynamics, they also look ridiculously cool.

Practicality

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The Audi e-tron Estate's spacious cabin makes it one of the best family cars if you’re looking to make the switch to an electric SUV.


Dimensions

4,901 (L) x 1,935 (W) x 1,632 (H)


Boot Size

The Audi e-tron has a healthy 615-litre boot capacity which is enough room for approximately 16 carry on cases!

By pulling a couple of levers at the front of the boot, the back seats fold to expand the e-tron’s boot capacity to 1,775 litres - great news for cyclists or IKEA lovers.


Passenger Room

We’d be surprised if you have any complaints about the head or legroom on show in the front of the Audi e-tron. Tall adults will have plenty of room to stretch their legs and enough headroom, even with the optional panoramic sunroof.

There’s enough room in the rear for a couple of strapping six-footers to get comfy, but add another human and things start to get a little too close for comfort. The middle rear seat is considerably narrower and has a harder backrest than the other two which can be particularly unsettling on longer haul journeys.


Safety Features

Every e-tron model comes with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Pre-Sense Front and Audi Parking System Plus which includes a snazzy 360-degree camera that gives you a bird’s eye view all around the car.

If you decide to equip your e-tron with the Tour Pack, Audi will throw in a variety of driving aids like Adaptive Cruise Control and Adaptive Cruise Assist that allows the e-tron to pretty much drive itself as long as you’ve got your hands on the wheel.

Euro NCAP Safety Rating

  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 91%
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 85%
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 71%
  • NCAP Safety Assist % 76%

Running Costs

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Once you get over the relatively expensive price tag, the Audi e-tron Estate turns into a very sound investment. 


MPG

Fully charging your Audi e-tron at home using a wall box will cost around £14. 

When comparing running costs against a petrol car going the same distance, it works out that the e-tron will save you roughly £17.

This, of, course, depends on whether you opt for the 71kWh battery or the 95kWh output.


CO2 Emissions

One of the biggest perks of electric cars is the fact that they emit absolutely zero CO2 emissions. 

Alongside the revised BiK rates, the Audi e-tron makes for one of the best company cars.


Insurance Group

The Audi e-tron Estate sits at the top of the pile in group 50 while the Jaguar I-Pace is slightly cheaper to insure in group 48.

Cheapest Trim Lowest Insurance Group RRP
Audi E-tron Technik 49E £60,545
Audi E-tron Sport 49E £63,245
Audi E-tron S Line 50E £67,345
Audi E-tron Black Edition 48E £68,895
Audi E-tron 50E £71,505
Audi E-tron Vorsprung 50E £82,545

Reliability

As the Audi e-tron is pretty new, there is no specific reliability data as of yet. However, reports on Audi reliability can be quite mixed, with the manufacturer placing 34th out of 40 manufacturers on the Reliability Index.


Warranty

The Audi e-tron comes with a standard three-year/unlimited mile Audi warranty, which should be more than enough for most lease contracts. Audi also guarantees its electric vehicles' batteries for eight years or 100,000 miles; whichever comes first. 

However, if you want a longer term or high mileage lease to unleash the world’s fastest SUV round the race track every weekend, you’ll also be able to extend this annually up to 100,000 miles with an Audi Extended Warranty.

A manufacturer’s warranty is important when it comes to choosing a lease. That’s because a warranty states that if anything goes wrong with a car during a period of time, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to put it right. If the fault happens outside of this period of time, and you don’t have a maintenance package, you’ll be responsible for fixing the problem.

My Lease Period

My Annual Mileage

Audi Manufacturer's Warranty - 3 years or 60,000 miles
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Year 4 Not Covered
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Servicing

For a hassle-free service, consider the ‘Audi Complete Plan’. This is available when you buy a new car from Audi, and you can pay monthly instalments for 3 types of scheduled maintenance.

 The 3 types are: 

  • Service - all services for the first 3 years

  • Service and maintenance - same as above but with engine, suspension, gearbox, and brake components cover. You also get three years breakdown cover added in!

  • Service, maintenance, tyres - All of the above but covers any issues with tyres, including replacement as needed (fair wear and tear applies).

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