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Review: Audi E-Tron SUV

The Audi E-Tron SUV is the companies first fully electric production car. The E-tron features an electric motor on each axle. The front motor puts out 125kW of power, while the rear motor produces 140kW. In total, the car operates with about 265kW of power, which is the equivalent of around 350 horsepower.  The driver will be able to activate a “boost mode” that temporarily increases the performance of each motor for a total power output of 300kW. In boost mode, the E-tron can hit 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. It comes standard with air suspension, 20-inch wheels, LED lighting, seats with built-in heating and cooling, panoramic sunroof, inductive wireless smartphone charging, and more. The E-tron can be optioned up to include Audi’s driver assistance package, massage seats, a heads-up display, a power door closer, among other hi-tech features.

In Europe, the E-Tron won’t have traditional side mirrors. Instead, it will have a camera on each side where mirrors would ordinarily be. The views from those cameras will be displayed on screens inside the vehicle. The Drivers will be able to look at OLED displays embedded on the inside of each door, which are also ringed with lights that can change color based on things like whether there is a car in the E-tron’s blind spots. That system will not be available in the United States because safety regulations here don’t allow for it. Audi executives said they are working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to bring this feature to the American market.

As with other Audi vehicles, the driver will also be able to select different driving modes, from comfortable to sporty, that will alter suspension stiffness, steering responsiveness and how aggressively the SUV accelerates. The SUVs ground clearance is also adjustable by as much as three inches. Buyers will be able to purchase a home charging system and have it installed by Amazon Home Services. The installation can be ordered online. Pricing will vary depending on each homeowner’s needs.

Audi is partnering with Amazon to help ease the process of installing a home charger for the E-tron. Buyers of the all-electric SUV will be offered the option of having Amazon’s Home Services division handle the installation process. The E-Tron will also sport a smart braking system that intelligently blends, on the fly, mechanical braking with regenerative braking (where the electric motors spin backwards, feeding energy back into the battery) which the company says will help optimize energy use during daily driving situations.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: E-Tron SUV
  • First available: August 2019
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 5
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 5.5s
  • Price: $74,800

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • Battery model: Lithium
    • Battery capacity: TBC
    • Battery Power: 95kWh
    • Battery Range: TBC
    • Electric drive unit:  two electric motors offering 300 kW output

     

  • Charge time

    • Type of charger: L2 11kW DC fast-charging
    • Fast charge time: 0 – 80% in 30 minutes (150 kWh)
    • Full charge time: TBC

Innovation & Self-driving

User interface

Easily and intuitively manage an array of functions including navigation, entertainment, interior and ride dynamics with the Audi MMI® touch response system. Just use the touchscreen or your voice, and you’re set.

Virtual cockpit plus

The Audi e-tron features Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus, a high definition digital instrument display that shows various instruments that can help the driver maximize efficiency and range.

Smartphone integration

Access your phone through the touchscreen display to connect to your favorite apps as well as music, maps, messages and more. Compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Amazon Alexa integration

Manage your life on the go with in-car Amazon Alexa integrationi. Control your Alexa-enabled devices, access Amazon music and more.

Toll integration

Every Audi e-tron comes with an integrated toll module built directly into the vehicle designed to work with toll calculation and payment across 30 toll systems in the US, including major providers such as E-ZPass and FasTrak.

myAudi

Personalize each ride with the help of our Audi mobile app and access a growing suite of smart services to amplify your driving experience. Audi e-tron is designed to help you connect at every point of your journey.

Driver assistance

A comprehensive suite of technologies that help supplement the driver’s instincts, from helping sense danger before you do, to helping navigate the road with ease and peace of mind

Please also read our published Electric Car reviews of other makes and models.

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