New Audi E-tron is a stylish electric car that you’ll want to consider if you’re looking for a high-tech that blends a spacious interior with a seriously roomy boot. In this regard, it’s an alternative to the likes of the Mercedes EQC and Jaguar I-Pace.
Unlike these cars, however, the Audi e-tron doesn’t make a big show of its electric car credentials – in fact, at a glance, it appears very similar to any petrol- or diesel-powered Audi SUV. Sure, it looks pretty smart, but don’t go expecting it to turn heads like a Tesla Model X.
It’s not all bad news, though. Like a Bond villain’s secret lair, the New Electric car Audi e-tron gets much more exciting once you step inside. You get a high-tech infotainment system with not one, not two, but three super-high-resolution screens as standard and plenty of soft-touch plastic and brushed metal-effect trims.
Sure, a few areas have slipped through Audi’s normally air-tight quality control net – such as the brittle-feeling sides of the centre console and the glovebox lid – but otherwise, the Audi electric e-tron’s cabin is a sumptuous and spacious place to sit.
Things are very nearly as comfortable in the back – where you’ll find space for three adults – and the Audi e-tron’s boot capacity easily outshines the load bays you get in the Mercedes EQC and Jaguar I-Pace.
There’s also an extra storage bin under the Audi e-tron’s bonnet, but you’ll probably end up using it to store the car’s charging cable. On the subject of charging, topping up your e-tron from empty at home using a dedicated wall box takes nine hours, but find a rapid 150kw fast-charger (which are being rolled out across the UK soon) and you can boost its batteries from almost flat to 80% full in half an hour.
To give some context, charging at home will cost you around £14 to ‘fill’ your e-tron, which means a saving of around £17 versus a petrol car going the same distance. Once charged, the Audi e-tron’s range is around 250 miles. That’s less than the Mercedes EQC and Jaguar nd significantly less than the range you’ll get from a conventional diesel-powered SUV.
That said, the Audi e-tron’s comfortable air suspension makes it one of the most relaxing electric SUVs to travel in for long periods – especially if you pay extra for some of the e-tron’s clever driver-assistance systems. The instant shove from its two electric motors help it sprint away from the traffic lights lik too.
It’s by no means perfect – head down a twisty country road at speed and the Audi e-tron’s comfort-focused suspension has its tall body leaning like a sapling in a strong wind – but it’s still well worth considering if you’re looking for a high-tech electric car that’s practical and relaxing to drive.