The brand new, all-electric SUV from Audi has been unveiled at a world premiere in San Francisco. The Audi e-tron quattro is one of the most tech-focussed cars on the market and has a lengthy list of impressive features. Its range of over 200 miles on a single charge is sure to impress drivers and tech-lovers will be wowed by its world-first video camera wing mirrors, six touchscreens and stylish LED lights. Plus, the quattro all-wheel drive is the best yet from Audi.
Official approval for the UK hasn’t been granted yet, but Audi estimates it’ll have a real world range of 248 miles. That positions it in the same league as premium electric car rivals the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace for range. However, higher capacity 100D Teslas and the Mercedes EQC will still exceed this.
Although specific details for the UK haven’t been finalised, prices will start at around £70,805 when it goes on sale in November. Some lucky customers in Europe will have theirs before the end of 2018.
The electric car is capable of 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds and it can reach a top speed of 124mph thanks to its 402bhp (300kW) power output and torque of 664Nm, which is available almost instantly.
With an 80% charge in just 30 minutes using a fast charger, the e-tron is practical as well as efficient. It also sets a new standard with its ability to charge using a high powered 150kW unit. It can charge in around eight hours at home using an 11kW power source and has the option to charge at 22kW too.
The e-tron comes with a CCS rapid charger port on the driver’s side of the car, but an additional AC port can be added on the passenger side to make charging even easier.
Features like this have been carefully created to make the e-tron one of the most practical electric cars on the market. The ports are hidden behind a discreet cover, which moves sideways rather than out – making it easier to charge even in a tight garage.
The car’s cameras allow you to see a 360-degree view of the vehicle and its surroundings on the main infotainment touchscreen. The high-definition seven-inch OLED touch screens in the door, connected to the side cameras, can also be easily adjusted too.
While the e-tron shares similar design features to other SUVs in the Audi range, the aerodynamics have been key in the design and engineering process.
As standard it gets air suspension that can alter the height of the car depending on the speed. The roofline, body panels and wheel designs all help to reduce drag and increase range.
Subtle features such as the partially-closed grille and clever light signatures, as well as orange touches on the seats, brake calipers and e-tron logo, distinguish this car as an EV.
The small SUV will face tough competition from the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQC. However, it’s five seats, 600 litres of boot space and a further 60 litres of storage space under the bonnet, gives it great credentials in the practical family car stakes and is sure to be a best-seller.