This is what Audi’s luxurious luxury SUV can offer you over the rest.
In early 2019, the Audi E-Tron was first available to American consumers. The all-electric SUV has been competitive in spite of the influx of new competitors. The SUV’s 2022 e-Tron has a Sportback version that increases its range and versatility. This makes it more competitive with the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model Y electric SUVs. The e-Tron continues to be a leader in electric SUVs, and now has an S trim level that enhances its capabilities.
Audi e-Tron S Drivetrains and Range
The SUV’s name, with the ‘S’ at the end of its name, stands for “Sublime” and it is. It’s powered by a 95 kWh standard battery. This is similar to the Tesla Model S Plaid. The SUV also has three electric motors, which send power to all four wheels. This is a new trend for performance electric vehicles. The electric motors can deliver 496 horsepower directly to the ground. Standard SUVs have a range of 208 miles. The Sportback model is slightly more efficient at 212 miles. These figures are below its main rivals, the Tesla Model Y Performance or Jaguar I-Pace. In terms of charging, the Audi e-Tron S is better than the Jaguar I-Pace. The e-Tron S can charge at 150 kW CCS speed charging while the Jaguar I-Pace can only charge at 100 kW. The e-Tron S can charge to 80% in 30 minutes. This is a significant improvement over the Jaguar’s 45 minute charging time.
Audi e-Tron S Performance and Handling
The Audi e-Tron S delivers exceptional performance in a compact package. The Audi e-Tron S can be accelerated to 60 mph in silence and takes only 4.3 seconds. This is impressive for a 5,700-pound SUV. The e-Tron S is larger than other competitors and matches performance almost exactly, without sacrificing extra cargo space. The purpose-built electric chassis makes the e-Tron light despite its weight. The vehicle’s bulk is concentrated in the passenger compartment’s flat floor. This keeps the center gravity low, which makes the e-Tron feel smaller in corners. The S variant also features a firmer, sport air suspension.
Audi e-Tron S Interior, Technology, And Quality
The Audi e-Tron is equipped with a plethora of standard tech features, as you would expect from electric cars. The Audi digital cockpit greets the driver, just like the R8 or TT. The driver is greeted by the 12.3-inch high-definition display. It can provide as little or as much information as they need. The screen is cluttered with information such as navigation, current track play, adaptive cruise information, and range. A heads-up display is only useful for drivers who want to focus on the road. It provides information like speed and range. The standard tech features include forward collision warning and auto brake, blind-spot monitor with cross-traffic alert, and a lane-departure alarm system.
Two large, flush-mounted displays are located to the right of your steering wheel. They can be angled towards you. The vehicle’s entertainment center is located on the upper 10.1-inch screen. Apart from the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, there are a variety of Audi apps that can be used to control the EV settings. An optional Bang & Olufsen audio system can be used to emit music into the cabin. A smaller touchscreen of 8.8 inches controls the HVAC system. It is located below the central infotainment screen. Their passengers can adjust the interior temperature and heat, as well as adjust available massaging seats. The Audi e-Tron interior quality is suburb. Every surface is coated in soft-touch materials such as leather and suede. Soft-touch plastic applications appear durable. One place the e-Tron ultimately bests its competitors is cargo space. The standard Audi e-Tron features 29 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seat up and 57 cubic feet with the seats folded flat.
Audi e-Tron S Pricing
The Audi e-Tron S SUV competes within a premium segment of electric vehicles. As such, the base price is higher than the Tesla Model Y’s but lower than the Jaguar I-Pace. The base price for the eTron S SUV is $84,800. The SUV’s Sportback version is slightly more expensive at $87,000. The Sportback will command a higher price because of its superior aesthetics.
Audi offers consumers three years of fast charging nationwide on VAG’s extensive Electrify America fast charges. These chargers can be found strategically along interstates and toll roads throughout the country. These chargers were operational as of 2021.
The Audi e-Tron comes with a four-year, 50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper guarantee and an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty for the battery drive units. This warranty is for customers concerned about battery degradation over time. The 2021 Audi e-Tron SUV is a highly competitive option in a changing market.