The Audi e-tron Sportback is the sleeker looking sibling of the standard e-tron SUV. It’s the version that you get if style is more important that outright practicality. For US-market customers that want its sportier styling, you can pick one up this month, as e-tron Sportback models will be arriving at US dealers throughout July.
While it looks a bit different from the B-pillar back, the Audi e-tron Sportback is essentially the same car as the standard e-tron. Mechanically, the two are exactly the same, so the Sportback model still comes with the same 95 kWh battery pack, two electric motors and 355 horsepower(402 horsepower with temporary Boost Mode). It also weighs about the same, which is to say that it weighs as much as a school bus filled with lead-coated granite.
However, despite being heavier than most moons, the Audi e-tron Sportback isn’t a slow car. According to Audi, 0-60 mph happens in 5.5 seconds with Boost Mode engaged. What is Boost Mode? It’s the car’s ability to use all 402 horsepower for up to eight seconds. That might not sound like a lot of time but, if you consider the fact that it reaches 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, it will be at nearly 100 mph once the eight seconds is up. So it’s really all you need.
Being that the Sportback model is the same as the regular e-tron under the skin, it will have the same 218 miles of range. That’s up from the e-tron’s original 204 miles, as Audi has given the cars a bit of an update. The battery is the same but Audi has optimized battery management a bit more, to eek out those few extra miles.
It can also still charge at 150 kW, so it can replenish 174 miles of range in just thirty minutes at that charge speed. That’s around three hours of drive time. However, if you just need a quick splash of juice, you can charge up for just ten minutes and get 58 miles of range, which could be just enough to get you home.
The starting price of the e-tron Sportback is $77,400 for the Premium Plus model. That comes with Matrix LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, heated and ventilated front seats, a Band & Olufsen sound system and the top-view 3D camera system as-standard. The optional Prestige trim bumps the price up to $83,400 and it brings a head-up display, individual contour seats and, more importantly, dual charging ports, so you can charge your e-tron from either side of the car.
If you’re one of the first 200 Audi e-tron Sportback customers, you can get the Edition One model, which comes in a special shade of Plasma Blue Metallic paint, Monaco Gray Valcona leather and even orange brake calipers. Snazzy. It also gets an S-Line exterior package and 21″ 10-spoke black bi-color wheels. Edition One models will be the most expensive, starting at $88,495.