Top Gear tests the Audi e-tron — The EV for Skeptics

One of the bigger talking points when reading reviews of the Audi e-tron is that it drives and feels much like any other Audi. This was done intentionally by the folks in Ingolstadt, as it’s supposed to be attractive to non-EV customers, especially those that already own Audis. According to Top Gear, that makes the Audi e-tron the EV for skeptics.

Most customers are afraid of EVs; their range (or lack thereof), charge times and the way they drive. However, with the e-tron at least, they need not be afraid. The e-tron drives like any other Audi SUV but one that’s remarkably quiet, comfortable and refined. In fact, it’s so quiet, comfortable and refined that TG compared it to a much more expensive brand of car.

“The combination of the weight, the silence and softness means the experience is Bentley-esque.” said TG’s Ollie Marriage.

Of course, the Audi e-tron has its shortcomings. While its claimed max range is 248 miles, it will realistically do about 200 miles in normal human driving and not hypermiling. Also, there aren’t enough fast chargers throughout most markets to take advantage of its 150 kW charging, so it’s slow to charge on most chargers. It’s also quite expensive, starting at £71,490 in the UK (it’s about $75,000 to start in the US).

However, TG seems to think that the Audi e-tron is worth the money if you don’t drive too far on a regular basis. It’s fun enough to drive, has more than enough performance (0-60 mph happens in about 5.7 seconds), has all of the tech and interior comforts anyone will need and enough range to accommodate 90-percent of people’s needs.

What stood out the most, though, was the fact that it’s so good at being a luxury car. Not only did TG claim it to be quiet and smooth, “The quietest, smoothest electric car I’ve ever driven. This is Audi laying down a marker for those that follow.”

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.