The Audi e-tron could use come positive press at the moment. In the past couple of weeks, we learned that its EPA-rated range dropped to 204 miles (lower than its main competitors’), it lost World Car of the Year to the Jaguar I-Pace and issues with Audi’s battery supplier have led to production delays. So the e-tron is probably begging for some positive feedback at the moment. And Joe Achilles must have heard its calls.
In his new video, Achilles drives the new Audi e-tron and seems genuinely impressed with it. What’s interesting is that he’s typically more of a BMW fan, owning both a BMW 7 Series and an M2 Competition. However, he has been driving more Audis lately and the e-tron seems to be the one that impressed him the most.
A few of the things about the Audi e-tron that impress Achilles are actually things that are more often criticized. For instance, he seems to really like the acceleration from the e-tron. With a maximum 402 hp and 490 lb-ft of torque (available during a temporary overboost), the e-tron is capable of 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. That’s not blistering by any means but it feels very quick in the electric Audi, thanks to the immediate throttle tip in from electric power. Achilles is also used to fast cars so if he finds it quick enough, it should be for most customers.
He also seems impressed with how it carries its weight. The Audi e-tron is no light car, tipping the scales at around 2.5 tons. However, because all of its weight is in its belly, it has the center of gravity of a snake. Which means it feels lighter than it is and changes direction really quite sharply. So it’s more entertaining to drive than its size and weight might suggest.
Overall, Achilles seems to really like the Audi e-tron. If it can convince a pretty loyal BMW fan, it must be a good first attempt at an electric car.