A large and heavy SUV isn’t exactly the perfect recipe for a performance car, but that doesn’t mean it’s always agonizingly slow either. After cramming in seven banana boxes into the E-Tron Sportback’s trunk in a previous test, YouTuber Bjørn Nyland wanted to experience the electric SUV’s performance potential.
Bear in mind he tested the base 50 Quattro version, which has to settle for 308 horsepower (230 kilowatts) and 540 Newton-meters (398 pound-feet). Audi claims that’s enough electric punch for a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) run in 6.8 seconds, but as you’re about to see, the E-Tron Sportback was actually quicker.
After fully recharging the battery pack, Bjørn Nyland put the pedal to the metal to reveal the E-Tron Sportback delivers impressive and consistent performance. In the first acceleration test, it completed the run in 6.47 seconds, despite going slightly uphill (0.47% slope). It was a tad slower in the second run by completing the sprint in 6.51 seconds, while the third was the best of all, at 6.46 seconds. The fourth and final test result perfectly matched the first one, at 6.47 seconds.
Bjørn Nyland then compared the 6.46-second time obtained by the Audi E-Tron 50 Quattro to other EVs, although none of them were direct competitors. It beat the Honda E, MG ZS EV, Peugeot e-208, and the DS3 E-Tense, but it was no match for the astonishingly quick Tesla Model 3 Performance and its 3.44-second time.
The E-Tron Sportback fared extremely well in the noise test compared to other EVs riding on summer tires, with only the Mercedes EQC being slightly quieter inside the cabin. Bjørn Nyland has a separate spreadsheet for the electric vehicles he tests on winter tires, which are softer and therefore make the cars slightly quieter.
As a refresher, Audi has two more powerful versions of the E-Tron Sportback, the 55 Quattro and the recently unveiled E-Tron S Sportback. The latter boasts a tri-motor setup with 496 hp (370 kW) and 973 Nm (718 lb-ft) of torque and will be available in Europe this fall.