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2019 LA Auto Show: Audi e-tron Sportback — The Cooler Younger Brother

This year’s LA Auto Show is a big one for Audi, mostly because of one car — the Audi e-tron Sportback. Admittedly, Audi has quite a few other big debuts schedule for LA but the e-tron Sportback is the most important simply because it’s a new e-tron model. As the brand’s second all-electric offering, the e-tron Sportback is hugely important for the future success of the brand and it’s here in LA for us to finally see in the flesh.

 

Not only is the Audi e-tron Sportback important, it’s also a bit more interesting than the standard car. While the standard Audi e-tron is a great car, it’s not quite as interesting as a lot of other new EVs. Its rather traditional SUV looks and calm, luxurious demeanor make it a bit humdrum compared to something like the Jaguar I-Pace. However, the e-tron Sportback add some style, some flare to an otherwise unassuming car.

 

To be fair, the standard e-tron is supposed to blend into the rest of traffic, so it actually completes its objective quite well. But if you want more style, opt for the Sportback model, as it’s surprisingly good looking.

 

The Audi e-tron Sportback is not only a fully-electric crossover coupe but it’s also one of the best looking crossover coupes in the industry. In fact, I think it’s better looking than the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. It’s both muscular and understated, with a sportier, stylish look than its more traditional sibling. Audi just seems to know how to handle the whole coupe-like SUV thing.

 

While almost identical to its standard e-tron sibling, the Audi e-tron Sportback has some slight upgrades. For instance, it now uses 91-percent of its battery capacity, rather than the 80-percent of the standard e-tron. The reason for this is to add some extra range but Audi also noticed that it could use the additional battery capacity while maintaining healthy longevity. Its official range hasn’t been announced just yet but it could be around 220 miles, per the EPA, when it hits the road. That’s an upgrade of around 16 miles over the standard e-tron and its 204 miles.

 

We’re live at the 2019 LA Auto Show so stay tuned for more cars, both from Audi and otherwise.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.