Audi may be fashionably late to the EV party, but it’s investing heavily in zero-emissions models to make up for lost time. While the R8 E-Tron failed to gain traction due to its exorbitant $1 million price tag, the latest E-Tron models are much more affordable and come to bank on the insatiable thirst customers have for SUV. The Four Rings have to face some stiff competition from Tesla as well as the other luxury German brands, but the Ingolstadt-based marque is on the right track.
A new in-depth video shot by YouTuber SDA Dan Cars shows the more desirable of the two E-Tron SUVs, the stylish Sportback. Filmed at a dealership in Switzerland’s de facto capital Bern, the swoopy EV gets dissected for nearly 40 minutes, whit the reviewer showing basically everything there is to show. It’s far from being a base version as we’re actually dealing with the S Line trim riding on one of the optional 21-inch wheels.
It’s worth pointing out this is the less powerful 50 Quattro version with a still very decent 308 horsepower (230 kilowatts) and 540 Newton-meters (398 pound-feet) of torque. For an electric SUV that weighs a hefty 2,445 kilograms (5,390 pounds) with a driver, it’s pretty impressive that 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes only 6.8 seconds. Top speed is only 118 mph (190 km/h), but that’s only a drawback if you do a lot of Autobahn driving.
Audi has gone to great lengths to make its E-Tron models look substantially different than the vehicles equipped with combustion engines. You can immediately tell this doesn’t carry the “Q” badge, although some would had hoped for a bit more variety inside where the dashboard with its dual touchscreens is similar to what you’ll find in the Q7 facelift and the Q8.
Being an S Line model, it’s got some extra toys and visual upgrades, further contributing to the E-Tron Sportback’s appeal if you’re into electric SUVs. There are more to come from Audi seeing as how the Q4 E-Tron will be unveiled before the end of the year and the company has started the Artemis project to speed up development of electric vehicles.