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A quick guide to the Audi e-tron

A quick guide to the Audi e-tron

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Looking at a new Audi e-tron? Here’s everything you need to know

The Audi e-tron is undoubtedly one of this German manufacturer’s most important cars in years.

As well as being its first all-electric model, the e-tron kickstarts a new electric sub-brand that will be expanded significantly over the coming years.

But currently if you want an Audi and you want it to be electric, the e-tron is your only option to buy right now. Here’s what you need to know about.


Powertrain explained

For the time being the Audi e-tron is only available in one powertrain, which is known as the ‘e-tron 55 quattro’. It features a 95kWh battery offering a claimed 237 miles of electric range, while a powerful electric motor produces a maximum of 402bhp and 561Nm of torque. This equates to a 0-60mph time of 5.7 seconds and a claimed top speed of 124mph.

Audi e-tron plugged in

As for charging times, the e-tron’s battery can be charged to 80 per cent in 30 minutes, and 100 per cent in around 50 minutes using the most powerful 150kW rapid chargers.


Trim levels

The e-tron is available in two grades – the regular version and the e-tron Launch Edition. Here are the highlights of each.


e-tron

Unsurprisingly for a more expensive model, standard kit is very generous. Just a few highlights include LED headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, full leather upholstery and a twin touchscreen setup. It also features a panoramic camera, as well as front and rear parking sensors, to name but a few features.

Interior of E-tron
 


e-tron Launch Edition

The Launch Edition is quite a jump in price, but you get plenty of kit to reflect that.

Additional features include Matrix LED headlights, larger 21-inch alloy wheels, upgraded leather upholstery and digital ‘virtual’ door mirrors, which see cameras replacing traditional mirrors. Further safety kit and driver aids are also offered.


Pricing

Unsurprisingly as one of Audi’s flagship SUVs, the e-tron is hardly cheap, with pricing starting from £71,560 for the standard version. If you would prefer the launch Edition, the price jumps to £82,310.

Audi e-Tron

However, it’s worth noting the cost benefits associated with electric cars, as they’re exceptionally affordable to run – particularly if you can charge at home. The e-tron is also exempt from the London Congestion Charge, which is another positive if you find yourself regularly driving through Central London.