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Audi e-tron Review Rundown

AudiPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Powerful all-electric powertrain
  • Class-leading refinement
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons**
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The Audi e-tron is Audi's very first all-electric production car. It beats its rival in almost every way; comfort, refinement, and build quality are all fantastic. With a claimed 249-mile maximum range and quick charge options, it could well be a genuine contender for even the biggest EV sceptics.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The £79,900 E-tron Sportback is more driver-orientated than the £71,520. It’s capable of stringing together a series of medium-to-high-speed corners. Despite heady levels of weight transfer under braking, body movement is excellently suppressed thanks to a combination of firm damping and fast-acting qualities of the standard air suspension.
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Pros[**]
  • Class-leading refinement
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Lack of refinement

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
Audi E-tron S Sportback has three electric motors: a larger one sitting up front and two smaller units nestled within a subframe in the axle at the rear. Together, they develop 429bhp and 596lb ft of torque. Overboost function triggered on kickdown in Sport mode adds a further 67bhp. The official 0-62mph time (4.5sec) really doesn't do it justice.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent off-road performance
  • Powerful engines
  • Excellent handling
Cons[**]
  • Not as agile as E-tron 55 Sportback

autocar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
In the E-tron S Sportback, a large electric motor powers the front axle and there are twin smaller motors at the rear. This allows torque vectoring and fully variable torque distribution between the rear wheels for a promised increase in agility. In real-world conditions, the handling gains feel marginal but are apparent. You won’t be trading in your Porsche 911 but you will be impressed by the grip levels.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful twin-motor rear axle
  • Impressive handling
Cons[**]
  • Lack of driver involvement

autocar[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 61%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
For ‘Sportback’, read four-door coupé, or any other phrase that means more rakish looks at the expense of a 45-litre reduction in boot space. This time around, the raked back window means the range starts in semi-sporting S line trim but the hardware is the same as the squarer car. There’s a skateboardy big battery beneath the floor with an electric motor front and rear, both driving through their own single-speed gearing.
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Pros[**]
  • Superb range
  • Big battery
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Quite heavy
  • No touchscreen

autocar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The E-tron is a lot more fun on dirt than a family-oriented luxury SUV ought to be. The low centre of gravity helps erase body roll while the electric quattro system multitasks to direct torque to the wheel with the most traction and power the car through a bend. There is a built-in Offroad mode that unlocks the drivetrain’s full output.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful electric drivetrain
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Lack of practicality

autocar[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
Audi E-tron is the latest in a line of high-end electric SUVs. Jaguar's I-Pace, Mercedes-Benz's EQC and BMW's iX3 are also in the mix. The E-Tron has a top speed of 124mph and a top price of £71,520. It has a maximum combined output of 402bhp and 490lb ft from two electric motors.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Comfortable ride
  • Impressive range
Cons[**]
  • Not as fast as the I-Pace

autocar[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The first impression when you drive the E-tron is its on-road quietness. Even by the standards of modern-day electric cars, it is super-refined. There’s a faint, distant whine from the electric motors at each end of the cabin. For home charging there is a standard 11kW charger, which charges the battery in 8.5 hours.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful electric drivetrain
  • Impressive range
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Noisy in Boost mode

autocar[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The E-tron is the only EV I’ve come across so far to have two charging ports: Type 2 seven-pin sockets on both sides. It has a configurable digital instrument panel and a pair of sharp, responsive, central touchscreens for the infotainment and secondary functions such as the climate control. You have to add the £1950 Tour Pack to get extra driver aids such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and traffic sign recognition.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • High-tech interior
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • No automatic climate control

autocar[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The Q4 E-tron 50 Sportback Quattro is Audi's first foray into EVs for ordinary motorists. It has fastback styling, four-wheel drive, the bigger of two offered battery packs, two electric motors instead of one (one front, one rear, producing a combined 294bhp) and delivers brisk 0-62mph acceleration of 6.2sec. It's not truly sporty, because of its height and bulk, but it is smooth and serene to drive.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent four-wheel drive
Cons[**]
  • Not particularly sporty

autocar[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 54%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
This is a quiet, refined, mature-feeling and fairly precise-handling zero-emissions family car. In many ways, it’s precisely the sort you’d have expected Audi to make - but not in every way. It has impressive space and practicality and creditable electric range, too. But it doesn’t have the classic Audi design appeal you might have expected of it.
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Pros[**]
  • Decent range
  • Decent electric range
  • Good range
Cons[**]
  • Lacklustre cabin quality
  • Lack of practicality

autocar[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 42%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
Audi’s cousin of the Skoda Enyaq iV and Volkswagen ID 4 in this form gets a 77kWh battery (as in the 40) and two motors, together offering up 295bhp and 339lb ft. The healthy 94bhp uptick over the 40 means the 50 Quattro is 1.3sec quicker from 0-62mph. A flat floor and wheels pushed right out into the corners combine to provide plenty of room, and the three-stack dashboard arrangement looks smart.
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Pros[**]
  • Punchy, punchy powertrain
  • Comfortable ride
Cons[**]
  • No adaptive dampers
  • Lack of sophistication

autocar[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
Four-wheel-drive 50 E-tron Quattro model driven here. Dual electric motors supply 295bhp to all four wheels via a single-speed gearbox. Recharging of the battery can be achieved at up to 125kW, around 80 miles on a high-power charging. Audi claims 0-62mph time of 6.2sec.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful electric motor
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent handling
Cons[**]
  • No automatic gearbox
  • Pricier than rivals

autoexpress[13]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Audi e-tron is Audi's very first all-electric production car. It follows a whole two years after the first Tesla Model X arrived in the UK. Five trim levels are available for the SUV: Technik, Sport, S line, Black Edition and Vorsprung. A new Sportback model (coupe-style SUV) has also been added to the range.
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Pros[**]
  • Class-leading refinement
  • Quattro all-wheel drive
Cons[**]
  • Limited range
  • No seven-seat option

autoexpress[14]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Audi e-tron is a big, heavy car - weighing the best part of two and a half tonnes. It's able to accept 150kW DC fast charging through its CCS connector, which means that charging from flat to 80 per cent full takes half an hour. Back seat passengers are treated to limo-like levels of legroom, and the flat floor means that there's loads of footroom even three-up.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Powerful electric motors
  • Comfortable ride
Cons[**]
  • Brawny looks
  • Not sporty

autoexpress[15]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Audi e-tron has been on sale for a little more than a year. It's time to welcome the coupé-inspired e- tron Sportback to the UK. You will need to step up to the more expensive specs, but like-for-like, the premium this car commands isn't as sizeable as you might imagine. The Jaguar I-Pace is a superior all-rounder, with sharper handling and a better real-world range.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Quattro four-wheel-drive
Cons[**]
  • More expensive than the regular e-tron

autoexpress[16]

Sentiment Score[*] 64%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Audi e-tron S Sportback is a high-performance version of Audi's Tesla Model X rival. It's the first mass-produced EV to make use of a triple-electric-motor set-up. One motor drives the front axle, while the two remaining motors power each rear wheel individually. The end result is a total output of 496bhp and a staggering 973Nm of torque. Audi says 0-62mph takes 4.5 seconds, with top speed limited to 130mph.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful triple-motor set-up
  • Impressive range
Cons[**]
  • Limited range
  • Only 226 miles on a single charge

autoexpress[17]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Audi e-tron S is a big, all-electric SUV that delivers a colossal 496bhp and 973Nm of torque from its 95kWh battery and three-motor set-up. Despite this, the huge output and strong traction from its all-wheel-drive system means it'll go from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds. Despite its 21-inch alloy wheels, and carrying a whopping 700kg battery, the ride is surprisingly good on air suspension. The sporty roofline doesn't have an impact on the car's practicality, and there's a powered tailgate that reveals a 660-litre boot.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive range
  • Powerful all-wheel drive
  • Impressive handling
Cons[**]
  • Noisy at low speeds

autoexpress[18]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Audi e-tron is the latest addition to the Auto Express fleet. It's a Q5-sized SUV that runs on pure electricity. It has five seats and a boot that can cope with a family holiday. The official range is just under 250 miles – on the modest side of impressive.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent range
  • Good range
Cons[**]
  • No ultra-trick digital side mirrors

carmagazine[19]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
Audi e-Tron Sportback is a 2.5 tonne SUV measuring nearly five metres in length. Power is only available for eight seconds but under normal running conditions that's more than enough. There's lots of grip from the Quattro all-wheel drive (now provided by a motor on each axle rather than a load of diffs and clutch packs)
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Punchy interior
Cons[**]
  • Not as fast as rivals

carmagazine[20]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
The e-Tron is the first production car to replace side mirrors with rear cameras mounted on spidery black spindles. It took all day and in excess of 200 miles to get used to looking further down than usual, at screens mounted in the doors just above the door handle. Audi has sized it close to the Q7 in length but the Q5 in height. The wide boot stows 605 litres (and there's underfloor storage which isn't always possible in electric cars)
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful energy recuperation
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Noisy infotainment

carwow[21]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from carwow have found the following[***]:
The Audi e-tron is an electric car for those who want to keep their EV preference under the radar. So it's an alternative to the Mercedes EQC and Jaguar I-Pace. At a glance, it appears like a petrol- or diesel-powered Audi SUV, but like every cake shop in the world, it gets much more interesting once you step inside.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Superb infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Expensive for what you get

carwow[22]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from carwow have found the following[***]:
The e-tron Sportback's price is almost £70k, yet it doesn't have rear-seat cupholders. However, there's plenty of space for five adults, and the more sloping rear tailgate hasn't had too much of an adverse effect on luggage capacity. It has 615 litres available, or enough for seven carry-on cases, although the Audi's capacity is bested by the 656 litres offered by the Jaguar I-Pace.
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Pros[**]
  • Fun to drive
  • Lots of space for five adults
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • No rear-seat cupholders

cnet[23]

Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The E-Tron slots in between the Q5 and Q7 SUVs from a purely dimensional standpoint. It's substantially more expensive than even the Q7, which starts at $53,550 in Premium trim. You will, however, have to live without steering-wheel heating, which is a big missing piece for an EV.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent range
  • Comfortable, quiet ride
Cons[**]
  • No steering-wheel heating
  • Expensive for an EV

cnet[24]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The E-Tron Sportback offers 27.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, or 54.5 with them folded. Headroom is a bit tight for those over 5 feet, 9 inches and the windows don't roll down very far. The cabin certainly feels more intimate and racier, but that's mostly when looking in the rearview mirror.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Sleek looks
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Slightly more expensive than a regular E-Tron

References

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2. ^ Audi E-tron S Sportback 2020 review. autocar. 2020-07-16 Retrieved 2021-11-08.
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7. ^ Audi E-tron quattro 2018 review. autocar. 2018-12-05 Retrieved 2021-11-08.
8. ^ Audi E-tron 55 quattro 2019 long-term review. autocar. 2019-10-24 Retrieved 2021-11-08.
9. ^ Audi Q4 E-tron 50 Sportback Edition 1 2021 UK review. autocar. 2021-06-25 Retrieved 2021-11-08.
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11. ^ Audi Q4 E-tron 50 2021 UK review. autocar. 2021-09-06 Retrieved 2021-11-08.
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14. ^ New Audi e-tron 55 quattro 2019 review. autoexpress. 2019-04-10 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
15. ^ New Audi e-tron Sportback 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-09-08 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
16. ^ New Audi e-tron S Sportback 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-07-16 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
17. ^ New Audi e-tron S 2021 review. autoexpress. 2021-04-08 Retrieved 2021-04-09.
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*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
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