Audi e-tron (2019) Review
Audi e-tron (2019) At A Glance
Every all-electric premium SUV that the Audi e-tron competes with plays its own different role, whether it’s the practical one (Tesla Model X), the sporty one (Jaguar I-Pace) or the techy one (Mercedes EQC). The Audi’s role is that of the luxury car, thanks to a comfy ride, impeccable refinement and flawless interior quality, and it’s a role the car plays incredibly well. The e-tron is a very classy and desirable car, and one that’s very easy to recommend.
Never one to shy away from filling an untapped niche within its model line-up, it didn't take Audi long to jump on the electric SUV bandwagon. First came the Tesla Model X, then came the Jaguar I-Pace, while the Audi and it’s other main rival - the Mercedes-Benz EQC - arrived at pretty much the same time. Prestige SUV EVs might be a relatively new thing, but that’s one heck of a talented field from the off.
Each offering brings something slightly different to the party, but the e-tron’s trump card is undoubtedly the luxury it delivers, and it delivers it in a variety of ways. The first of them is Audi’s trademark quality.
The cabin is nothing short of a sensory delight, with beautiful, thoughtfully finished materials and a standard of assembly that feels like it could withstand a nuclear blast.
Yes, the Audi’s various touchscreens could be easier to use, especially while you’re on the move, but there’s no denying the high-tech feel and the drama they add to the interior, on top of all that quality. The cabin also has lots of space and bags of creature comforts, making it feel even more like a luxury limousine on stilts.
Also reminiscent of a luxury limousine is the refinement that the e-tron displays. Electric motors are much quieter than combustion engines, and that’s a very good start, but the job is finished incredibly well by seriously impressive suppression of wind- and road noise. At a steady motorway cruise, there’s not much more than the scenery rushing past your windows to let you know that you’re moving at all.
The e-tron is good to drive in other areas, too. The more powerful 55 version we’ve tried has more than enough pace for most drivers, while the standard air suspension provides a really good balance of comfort and control.
Granted, you’ll pay a lot to buy one, but the same applies to all its rivals and you’ll enjoy low day-to-day running costs. The e-tron can’t match its best rivals for driving range, either, but unless you regularly drive more than 150 miles in a day (which not many of us do) then it’s unlikely that these small differences are going to make any significant difference.