Electric with maximum technology

Under the name ‘e-tron’, Audi created its own family of electric models with high-density batteries and the most advanced recharging technology because, not in vain, Audi is one of the main players in the ‘premium’ segment. , and always goes to the top of technical charts. As far as power is concerned, their first foray was the Audi e-tron, an SUV with an electric motor that went on sale in 2019 after being unveiled a year ago.

Although our readers know a wide range of launches of different brands and many models, it should be noted that this model exists in three versions that differ in their electric range and wheelbase.

High end car

The Audi e-tron is a high-end car, a very expensive model and far from the shopping cart of the most ordinary user. It provides smooth operation and instant power delivery. Electricity, as is known, is a constant torque motor, they provide all the force that develops from the moment of starting and they do not need to change the development (gearbox) so that it can be transmitted freely. That’s why electric cars are automatic, or rather they don’t have a gearbox. This isn’t a problem though, as their high levels of torque when the accelerator pedal is fully depressed make them very impressive engines.

According to official figures, the Audi e-tron range is available in three variants with power ranging from 313 hp to 503 hp, while autonomy ranges between 336 and 436 km.

The Audi e-tron 55 quattro we tested has two electric motors that deliver 360 hp and 561 Nm of torque, although thanks to the ‘boost’ function they can reach 408 hp in 8 seconds. At that point, torque reaches 664 Nm and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. The batteries are large, with 95 kWh, and support a more powerful charge of up to 150 kW, with which they receive an 80% charge in 30 minutes. The problem is that there are still not many fast chargers and a typical charge can take an hour and a quarter.

Its body has strange designs close to comics or Asian manga drawings. The e-tron is a very attractive SUV and is a cross between the Q8 and the Q5. In terms of dimensions, it could be between Audi Q5 and Audi Q7. It is 4.90 meters long, 1.94 meters wide and 1.63 meters high. That is, it is about 25 cm longer than the Audi Q5, but at the same time it is 15 cm shorter than the Audi Q7. Its proportions are also reminiscent of the Audi Q8, especially thanks to the very long tailgate. It is available with a decent 600-litre boot and another 60-litre boot.

A beautiful and practical design

Keep in mind that the biggest difference between electric cars and normal cars is that the cooling requirements are much lower. All the air intakes and grills in a conventional car are to ‘move’ air to cool the combustion engine and burn the fuel. In an electric car you can do without many openings, which are detrimental to aerodynamics.

The Audi e-tron focuses on reducing unusable elements for an electric car to improve handling and reduce energy consumption. Among the most notable solutions is the absence of mirrors as we know them. These have been replaced by two cameras that project images onto separate screens placed inside, high up on the door panels where the driver checks what’s going on behind. It takes a while to get used to at first but with some training it’s done quickly.

Apart from the digital rearview mirrors, the Audi e-tron has a very recognizable interior. The tool is clear, easy to control and provides a lot of useful information. You can include a practical head up display and your multimedia devices are easy to operate, with very clear menus, excellent resolution and many functions that are recognizable at first glance. The air conditioning also stands out for its simplicity, including a digital screen, but free and exclusive to it. If desired, the rear area can also be controlled (this can include four-zone climate control).

The console between the seats is clearly influenced by the controls used to select motion. It’s a little strange at first, but it takes no time to get used to how it works. Also in this area are controls for a practical hole for dropping things, an electric parking brake and a start button.

Without being overly futuristic, the interior of the Audi e-tron has excellently designed seats and can also include a lot of adjustments to make you feel more comfortable.

On the technical level, the Audi e-tron is at the top, which includes headlights and laser lighting with OLED technology, digital instrumentation, a touch screen for the multimedia system and another for air conditioning control, the ADAS system. With a full range of options on offer, anyone can scale and ‘build’ their e-tron with the elements they want.

The ‘problem’ of this car is its price, which is very high and not within the reach of all budgets. And another detail to keep in mind is the power charging system that makes it difficult to travel in an electric model with some existing recharging points. Of course it is a matter of time, but the investment is strong and things should be clear. This model starts at 85,800 euros, and from Madrid to Donostia we recharge twice.

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