Consumer Reports is known for being quite possibly the most objective automotive publication, simply because they buy each and every car they test. So they’re not borrowing cars from manufacturers or being flown anywhere exotic, things that might skew the opinion of a journalist. Instead, like a customer would have to, they put their own money down and buy the car. So when CR claims that they like the Audi e-tron SUV quite a bit so far, it’s worth listening to.
The Audi e-tron is the brand’s first ever all-electric SUV and it’s an impressive car, especially so for a first attempt. We were very impressed with it, even if it’s not an emotional or thrilling car, when we drove it few weeks back. But we were flown to the stunning Napa Valley, and fed delicious food and wine for a couple of days, while Consumer Reports actually bought one.
According to CR, there’s a lot to like about the e-tron SUV. For starters, it’s very luxurious; with a rich, sumptuous interior, a smooth and supple ride and an eerily silent cabin. We don’t think it’s a stretch to say that the Audi e-tron is the most luxurious electric car on the road. It also has impressive interior technology, with dual touchscreens and haptic feedbcak, as well as smooth and stable acceleration.
Though, there are also things CR didn’t like about it. For instance, things can get a bit overly complicated inside, such as the shift lever which seems a bit over-engineered and power charge port. Though, those seem to be small niggles, as CR seems to like the Audi e-tron overall. They feel that it’s mature and sophisticated, like because it comes from a long-established luxury automaker. Though, its more mature nature, with styling that doesn’t display its EV nature as much as a Tesla, might turn some EV buyers off.
Still, there’s a lot to like about the Audi e-tron. “It’s early yet, but so far our testers have liked what they’ve experienced with the E-Tron. The combination of luxury touches, a smooth powertrain, intuitive controls, and a quiet, comfortable ride make this a strong competitor.”