Electric with maximum technology

Under the name “e-tron”, Audi created its own family of electric models with a high-density battery and the most advanced recharging technology, because it is not for nothing that Audi is one of the main players in the “premium” segment. , And it always goes to the top of the technical charts. As for power, their first foray was the Audi e-tron, an SUV with an electric motor that went on sale in 2019 after being unveiled to the public a year ago.

Although our readers are familiar with a wide range of different launches of the brands and know several models, it should be remembered that this model exists in three versions, which 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 consumer. Ensures smooth operation and instant power. Electric, as it is known, is a constant torque motor, they provide all the power that develops from the moment of starting and do not need a change of development (gearbox) to be able to circulate freely. That’s why electric cars are automatic, or rather, they don’t have a gearbox. That’s not a problem though, as their high torque when the gas pedal is fully pressed makes them very impressive engines.

According to official data, the Audi e-tron range is available in three versions, with a power of 313 hp. up to 503 hp, while the range varies 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 just 8 seconds. At this moment, the torque reaches 664 Nm and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. The batteries are larger, with 95 kWh and support a more powerful charge of up to 150 kW, with which they achieve an 80% charge in 30 minutes. The problem is that there aren’t many fast chargers yet, and a normal charge can take about an hour and a quarter.

His body bears strange designs close to comics or Asian manga drawings. The e-tron is quite an attractive SUV and is a cross between the Q8 and Q5. In terms of size, it could be between the Audi Q5 and the 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 comes with a decent 600-litre boot and another 60-litre boot.

Beautiful and practical design

Note that the biggest difference between electric cars and regular cars is that the cooling requirements are much lower. All the air intakes and grills in a conventional car are there to “move” air to cool the internal combustion engine and burn the fuel. In an electric car, you can do without so many openings that are detrimental to aerodynamics.

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

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

The console between the seats is clearly influenced by the controls used for gear selection. It’s a little weird at first, but you get used to how it works in no time. Also in this area is a practical drop-in hatch, controls for the electric parking brake and a push button start.

Without being too futuristic, the interior of the Audi e-tron consists of exquisitely designed seats and can also include several settings to make you feel very comfortable.

At the technical level, the Audi e-tron is at the top, which includes headlights with OLED technology and laser lighting, digital instrumentation, a touchscreen for the multimedia system and another for air conditioning control, ADAS system… Of course, with the full range of options available, each can scale and “build” his e-tron with the items he wants.

The “problem” of this car is its price, which is very high and not within the power of every budget. Another detail to consider is the charging system, which makes traveling with the electric model difficult given the few existing charging 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 charge twice.

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