The Audi e-tron is the brand’s first fully-electric car in its history. It’s also one of the most interesting cars in the brand’s lineup and should be a field day for Doug DeMuro, as it has quite a few “quirks and features”.
What’s interesting is that, just judging by its exterior, the Audi e-tron doesn’t look like anything unusual. In fact, it just looks like another Audi SUV, with a design language that matches the rest of the brand’s lineup. However, dig a bit deeper and you’ll soon realize that the e-tron has quite a few little quirks that make it stand out from its gasoline-powered siblings.
The first of which that DeMuro points out is its hum. This is something we actually hadn’t heard before and it’s really quite interesting. To alert pedestrians of an oncoming 2.5-ton silent buffalo, the Audi e-tron produces a bit of a hum while in drive and reverse. Even more interesting, the hum is different depending on which way the car is moving. While it sounds odd, it’s safer for pedestrians and that’s a good thing. Plus, it’s kind of odd and funny, which gives the car a bit of character.
Another cool feature is its charge port. The charge port door itself opens in a really cool fashion and is power operated, opening with just the push of a button. Even cooler than that, though, is the fact that there’s a charge port on either side of the car, so it doesn’t matter which side you pull up to the charger on. That’s not only cool but helpful in the real world.
Inside, there are some other interesting features. For instance, it has a shift lever that’s unique to the e-tron and quite odd. We’re not sure Audi chose to go with that design but it does make the act of changing “gears” a bit more interesting in an electric car. It also has some cool practical features, such as the little clip that holds your mobile phone in place in the wireless charging tray.
There are plenty more interesting features to see in this video. Overall, the Audi e-tron is a more interesting vehicle that it looks.