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  • Launched in 2018
  • SUV
  • EV
  • Launch year
    2018
  • Body type
    SUV
  • Fuel type
    EV

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Luxurious electric SUV from Audi

Best bits

  • Wonderfully classy inside
  • Roomier than most (not all) rivals
  • Very refined and civilised on the road

Not so great

  • A Jaguar I-Pace is better to drive
  • A Tesla Model X is more practical
  • Others have a better range 

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Overall verdict on the Audi e-tron

"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 - were pretty much neck-and-neck in their arrival. Prestige SUV EVs might be a relatively new thing, but that’s one heck of a talented field, right off the bat."

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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 a longstanding Audi trademark, and it’s the e-tron’s immaculate 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 driving, 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 level of refinement the e-tron displays. Electric motors - by their very nature - 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 to you.


In short, the Audi e-tron is a very good choice for those looking for a big dose of luxury in their electric SUV, and is well worthy of your consideration.

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Audi E Tron

300kW 55 Quattro 95kWh 5dr Auto

  • 2020
  • 3,504 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Marshall Audi Newbury
  • Berkshire, RG142AB
Price:£56,000
PCP: £988.80/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £988.80, Customer Deposit: £8,400.00, Total Deposit: £8,400.00, Optional Final Payment: £26,039.75, Total Charge For Credit: £14,036.55, Total Amount Payable: £70,036.55, Representative APR: 12.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 12.9%, Excess Mileage Charge: 14.9ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Audi e-tron right for you?

If you want the most practical electric SUV you can get, then no it isn’t. You’ll be wanting a Tesla Model X. If you want the sportiest one there is, you’ll want the Jaguar I-Pace, and if you want the one with the snazziest infotainment system, it’s the Mercedes-Benz EQC. 


If, however, you want your electric SUV to feel more like a luxury limousine, with incredible interior quality, generous cabin space, lots of luxury toys, superb refinement and a comfortable ride, the e-tron is definitely the electric SUV for you.

What's the best Audi e-tron model/engine to choose?

There are two versions of the e-tron available, the 50 and the 55, which have different power outputs. We haven’t tried the weaker 50 yet, so we don’t know if it’s appreciably different to drive than the 55, but with 312PS, we reckon it’ll probably be rapid enough for most. 


All versions of the e-tron are well equipped, so we can’t see all that much sense in venturing too far high up the model range. Whichever power output you choose, stick with the most basic trim.


What other cars are similar to the Audi e-tron?

Not so long ago, all-electric premium SUVs didn’t exist at all, but buyers now have several to choose from, albeit ones that vary quite a lot in size. The e-tron’s closest competitors in that regard are the Jaguar I-Pace and the Mercedes EQC


The Jag is designed to be the sporty one of the bunch, while the Mercedes is a more sensible, relaxed choice. The Audi, meanwhile, is more like a luxury car that happens to also be an electric SUV plus it’s also appreciably bigger. Bigger still is the Tesla Model X. It’s also quite a bit more expensive but can be had with seven seats.


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