New Audi E-tron 2019 Review
Added: 16 January 2019
It is fair to say that the new Audi E-tron is one of the most anticipated new vehicle releases of recent years. With the E-tron, Audi join other pioneering, established manufacturers such as Jaguar in introducing an electric SUV to their range - and it seems Audi have done an outstanding job: The E-tron is a triumph in every way.
Introducing the Audi E-tron
At first glance, the Audi E-tron is largely indistinguishable from other Audi vehicles, which is no accident: the brand has gone to great lengths to ensure the car is as similar as possible to its existing Q SUV range. As a result, the overall styling and cockpit will be familiar to drivers of existing Audi models, which provides a reassuring sense of continuity.
The engine is impressive, too. The E-tron is powered by two individual electric motors, which are placed on each set of wheels in order to provide four-wheel drive capabilities. However, these motors are no standard electric car fare; combined, they are capable of generating 402 BHP, which provides a 0-60mph time of less than six seconds, and a top speed of 124mph.
Of course, when considering these Audi hybrid cars, the battery is particularly important, so let’s now look at how the E-tron performs in this regard.
The Audi E-tron battery capabilities
• The battery performs impressively, with a range of around 249 miles on a single charge seen in testing
• A full charge of the E-tron takes about eight and a half hours if charging at home
• However, the charge time can be reduced with the use of fast 150kW chargers, which are capable of delivering a charge of up to 80% in just 30 minutes
Overall, it’s safe to say that the E-tron performs admirably well for an electric SUV, and arguably compares very favourably to its main competitors.
Other relevant information on the Audi E-tron
• Audi claim that the engine’s ability to harvest energy from braking and coasting contributes to 30% of the vehicle’s range.
• Audi have developed a system that allows them to continually cool the vehicle’s motors while in use to ensure that the car is equipped for even the hottest of conditions
• The ride of the E-tron is incredibly comfortable; as is standard with Audi electric cars, there’s no cockpit noise to speak of, and adaptive dampers and air suspension are included as standard
• The E-tron also features camera wing mirrors in order to enhance overall visibility and manoeuvrability, as well as reduce drag
• The E-tron is capable of towing up to 1,800kg in weight, which is particularly noteworthy given that some petrol-powered SUVs max out at 1,500kg
• The E-tron benefits from a 50:50 weight distribution that is particularly noticeable when driving off-road, thus ensuring the driver feels safe and in control at all times
When will the Audi E-tron be released?
First customer deliveries of this Audi PHEV are expected in the spring of 2019. Given the performance of the car, Audi are expecting the E-tron to sell well. If you wish to find out more about this powerful four-wheel, electric SUV, please do not hesitate to contact the Audi Dealership Salisbury for more information.