2021 Audi e-tron Review, Pricing, and Specs (2022)

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  • Highs Whisper-quiet operation, luxurious state-of-the-art cabin, tows up to 4000 pounds.
  • Lows Other luxury EVs have more range, not very engaging behind the wheel, none of the flashiness exhibited by rivals.
  • Verdict The e-tron lineup is more desirable than before, but it's still not as exciting or innovative as many alternatives.
2021 Audi e-tron Review, Pricing, and Specs (2)By Eric Stafford

Overview

The 2021 Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback are all-electric luxury crossovers that straddle the line between the present and the future. While their battery-powered, all-wheel-drive powertrains deliver up to 222 miles of EPA estimated driving range and foreshadow the death of internal-combustion engines, their refined driving manners and serene interior spaces are similar to the non-electric Audi models currently occupying showrooms. These recognizable traits as well as their traditional exterior designs make the e-trons appear less revolutionary than luxury EV rivals such as the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X. Although the 2021 e-tron and e-tron Sportback have shorter driving ranges than the Jaguar or Tesla, Audi believes this more conservative approach will make the transition from traditional gas-fed models to all-electric vehicles easier for buyers.

What's New for 2021?

For 2021, Audi introduces a more affordable base model that features the Premium designation. Available on both the regular and Sportback e-tron, it costs about $9000 less than the mid-level Premium Plus. It can also be equipped with the Convenience Plus package, which includes driver assists such as adaptive cruise control. Audi also improves the e-tron's available battery capacity and efficiency. The regular e-tron now has an estimated driving range of 222 miles—18 more than its predecessor. The Premium Plus trim adds dual charging ports, too, so there's now one on each side of the vehicle.

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Pricing and Which One to Buy

    We like the price point of the entry-level Premium trim level, and pairing it with the sleeker Sportback helps the e-tron garner more attention. This combination benefits from upscale standard features such as 20-inch wheels, blind-spot monitoring, heated front seats, four-zone climate control, leather upholstery, and a panoramic sunroof. We'd also opt for the Tow package to utilize the e-tron's 4000-pound towing capacity.

    EV Motor, Power, and Performance

    Beneath the e-tron's heavily creased bodywork are two electric motors, one located at the front axle and the other at the rear. Together they provide electronic all-wheel drive, but the rear motor does most of the work. In regular driving situations, they make a combined 355 horsepower and 414 lb-ft of torque. However, putting the transmission in Sport mode briefly unlocks 402 ponies and 490 lb-ft. Our initial driving impressions revealed that the e-tron was swift and composed. Its snappy acceleration is typical of electric vehicles, and the smooth and quiet ride quality confirmed its luxury bona fides. Its stopping system expertly blended its traditional brakes with the obligatory regenerative braking system. However, we were disappointed that its regen wasn't aggressive enough to enable one-pedal driving during our test of the Sportback model. Still, the e-tron demonstrates traditional SUV characteristics with the ability to tow up to 4000 pounds.

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    Range, Charging, and Battery Life

    The regular e-tron has an EPA-estimated driving range of 222 miles, and the Sportback version is rated at 218 miles. The former figure is higher than before, but both versions still trail rivals such as the 2020 Jaguar I-Pace (234 miles) and the Tesla Model X Long Range (up to 371 miles). Every e-tron is compatible with 150.0-kW DC fast-chargers that allow it to replenish 80 percent of its battery in about 30 minutes. Those using a more conventional 240-volt outlet will be able to fully charge the e-tron in about nine hours.

    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe

    The EPA estimates the 2021 e-tron will earn 78 MPGe combined. The Sportback model is rated slightly lower at 77 MPGe combined. We tested both body styles on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen. The regular e-tron returned 67 MPGe and the Sportback returned 75 MPGe. For comparison, the last I-Pace we evaluated achieved 64 MPGe in the same test.

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    The e-tron's most impressive technology is its electrified systems, but the five-seat crossover also has a cutting-edge and practical cabin. Its dashboard is packed with multiple high-resolution screens that include Audi's digital gauge cluster—called Virtual Cockpit—and two flush-mounted touchscreens in the center. Of course, there are a variety of upscale options such as a head-up display and massaging front seats to further round out the e-tron's sophisticated interior, which benefits from a flat floor thanks to its neatly packaged underfloor battery pack. That helps provide the regular e-tron with a commodious cargo area that measures 29 cubic feet behind the back row and 57 with the seatbacks folded flat. The Sportback's sloping roofline reduces both figures by 2 cubes, but we still fit seven carry-on suitcases behind its rear seats—one less than in the regular e-tron.

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    Infotainment and Connectivity

    Every e-tron's infotainment system runs through dual touchscreens, with a 10.1-inch display on top and an 8.8-inch unit below it. While the upper screen provides access to the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps as well as the available Bang & Olufsen audio system, the bottom screen is mainly used for controlling the climate settings. Along with several power points, the system also features a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot; a wireless smartphone charger is optional.

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

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    The e-tron models offer an array of standard driver-assistance technology, and they're both available with adaptive cruise control and self-parking assist. For more information about the e-tron's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

    • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
    • Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
    • Standard lane-departure warning

    Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

    Audi provides a competitive albeit unremarkable limited and powertrain warranty.

    • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
    • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
    • Electric components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles
    • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

    Specifications

    Specifications

    2020 Audi e-tron Sportback

    VEHICLE TYPE
    front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

    PRICE AS TESTED
    $89,490 (base price: $78,395)

    MOTOR TYPE
    2 induction AC motors, 184 and 224 hp, 228 and 262 lb-ft; combined output, 402 hp, 490 lb-ft; 86.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack

    TRANSMISSION
    2 single-speed direct drive

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    CHASSIS
    Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
    Brakes (F/R): 14.8-in vented disc/13.8-in vented disc
    Tires: Bridgestone CrossContact LX Sport, 265/45R-21 108H M+S AO

    DIMENSIONS
    Wheelbase: 115.0 in
    Length: 193.0 in
    Width: 76.2 in
    Height: 65.0 in
    Passenger volume: 102 ft3
    Cargo volume: 27 ft3
    Curb weight: 5819 lb

    C/D TEST RESULTS
    60 mph: 5.1 sec
    100 mph: 13.3 sec
    120 mph: 22.2 sec
    Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 5.2 sec
    Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.3 sec
    Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.0 sec
    1/4 mile: 13.8 sec @ 101 mph
    Top speed (governor limited, mfr's claim): 125 mph
    Braking, 70–0 mph: 182 ft
    Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.84 g
    Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

    C/D FUEL ECONOMY
    Observed: 73 MPGe
    75-mph highway driving: 75 MPGe
    Highway range: 220 miles

    EPA FUEL ECONOMY
    Combined/city/highway: 77/76/78 MPGe
    Range: 218 miles

    C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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    FAQs

    2021 Audi e-tron Review, Pricing, and Specs? ›

    For 2021, the e-tron starts at a lower price and Audi adds a new Sportback version (reviewed separately), but its biggest improvement is an additional 18 miles of EV range for a total estimate of 222 miles.
    ...
    2021 Audi e-tron.
    Total MSRP$66,995
    Edmunds suggests you pay$64,477

    Is Audi e-tron fully electric price? ›

    Price: The 2022 Audi e-tron electric SUV starts at $65,900. The e-tron Sportback variant is priced from $69,100. A federal tax credit of $7,500 is available, plus various state incentives and a free charging program.

    How many miles does the Audi e-tron get on a charge? ›

    Still, range is well over the 150 mile mark and its rapid charging still pulls 120kW, so there's good opportunity to take this SUV on longer journeys.

    Why is Audi e-tron range so low? ›

    It is likely you are making short drives with lots of heat. You are looking at the GOM aka Guess O Meter. The GOM will use the recent driving to estimate range. If all of your drives are short with the heat blasting in winter, in ANY car the range will be much shorter than it would in summer on a long trip.

    Which Audi e-tron has best range? ›

    The above performance data relates to the Audi e-tron S line 55 quattro. With a maximum range of up to 252 miles 2, the Audi e-tron is perfect for longer journeys. The large high-voltage battery and an intelligent recuperation system make your drive both efficient and also completely C0₂ free.

    Can I charge an Audi e-tron at a Tesla supercharger? ›

    Charging Audi e-tron on Norway's Open Tesla Superchargers - YouTube

    Which EV car has the longest range? ›

    Longest Range Electric Cars, Ranked
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    • 2022 Tesla Model Y: 330 Miles. ...
    • 2022 Tesla Model X: 348 Miles. ...
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    • 2022 Tesla Model 3: 358 Miles. Tesla. ...
    • 2022 Tesla Model S: 405 Miles. Tesla. ...
    • 2022 Lucid Air: 520 Miles. VIEW PHOTOS. ...
    • Longest Range Electric Cars, Ranked. Lucid.
    Jun 7, 2022

    How much does it cost to replace an Audi e-tron battery? ›

    The average cost for an Audi e-tron Quattro hybrid high voltage battery replacement is between $36,521 and $36,765. Labor costs are estimated between $935 and $1,179 while parts are priced at $35,586. This range does not include taxes and fees, and does not factor in your specific model year or unique location.

    How much does it cost to fully charge e-tron? ›

    How Much Will It Cost to Charge the Audi e-tron? It will cost** drivers about $8.38 to go 100 miles in the Audi e-tron SUV. This is slightly more expensive than charging other EVs, but still cheaper than paying for gas.

    How long do the batteries last in an Audi e-tron? ›

    The Audi e-tron is estimated to last around 300,000 to 400,000 miles given its large battery and estimated range of around 220 miles per charge. If you average 15,000 miles per year, you can expect 10 — 15 years of reliable service before needing a new battery replacement.

    Is e-tron bigger than Q5? ›

    Especially, as every version gets a 360-degree parking camera. For comparison, those dimensions make it longer than an Audi Q5 (4,663mm) but shorter than a Q7 (5,052mm). The e-tron's ride height is adjustable by up to 76mm, making it easy to get in and out of, while also allowing it some mild off-road ability.

    Can Audi beat Tesla? ›

    The Audi e-tron has beaten one of its main rivals in the premium electric car market, triumphing over the Tesla Model X in a recent twin test by Auto Express magazine.

    Which Audi e-tron has the longest range? ›

    The regular e-tron has an EPA-estimated driving range of 222 miles, and the Sportback version is rated at 218 miles. However, both variants still trail rivals such as the I-Pace (234 miles) and the Model X Long Range (up to 371 miles).

    Should you buy Audi e-tron? ›

    Should I Buy the Audi e-tron? The 2022 e-tron is definitely worth your consideration as you research the luxury electric SUV class. If you want a vehicle with a longer driving range, however, you should check out rivals like the Tesla Model X and Tesla Model Y, both of which can drive farther on a single charge.

    Why is e-tron so heavy? ›

    This extra weight is due to the e tron having more space and convenience luxury features. This extra weight and size also leads to the e tron being a much safer electric vehicle.

    How much does it cost to charge an electric car at home? ›

    Electricity Costs for Charging

    If electricity costs ¢10.7 per kilowatt-hour, charging an EV with a 200-mile range (assuming a fully depleted 54 kWh battery) will cost about $6 to reach a full charge.

    How do you charge e-tron at home? ›

    Audi e-tron Charging at Home

    The Audi e-tron comes with an in-home charging kit perfect for those who can install a charging solution like the Enel X JuiceBox at their residence. But beware: Level 1 charging, which uses a standard 120-volt outlet, can take 80 to 90 hours for a full charge.

    Does the Audi e-tron come with a charging cable? ›

    The Audi e-tron comes with an 11kw home charger included which will be able to charge the vehicle in around 6 hours.

    Does Audi e-tron use gas? ›

    Audi e-tron® Technology

    Electric vehicles run entirely on electric power stored in a battery, which can be recharged at home overnight from a 220-volt outlet. This is slightly different than plug-in hybrid technology, because those vehicles can run on gas if the battery is on empty.

    How much do batteries cost in electric cars? ›

    Some EV batteries cost as little as $2,500 to replace, while others can be upwards of $20,000, according to an analysis by Recurrent Auto. Even at the low end, that's still about as much as replacing a gasoline vehicle's transmission. The good news is, we'll probably see those costs decline in the next few years.

    Are electric cars cheap to maintain? ›

    “No oil to change, no engine to manage, with fewer parts to wear down, electric cars are cost-efficient and easier to maintain than internal combustion engine vehicles.”

    Are electric cars good for highway driving? ›

    Electric Vehicles Rarely Match or Exceed Their Range Rating in Our 75-MPH Highway Test. Unlike gas- or diesel-powered vehicles, which regularly beat their EPA ratings in our highway testing, only three of the 33 EVs that we've run range tests on to date have exceeded their EPA highway and combined figures.

    How much is an Audi electric battery? ›

    How much to replace the battery in my Audi? Depending on power, size, and quality, prices for a replacement car battery range from about $45 to $250.

    How much does it cost to replace Tesla battery? ›

    How much does a Tesla battery cost? Tesla battery replacement cost varies depending on the labor and parts needed. Typically, the most basic battery replacement in tesla costs between $13,000 and $14,000. For the Model S premium sedan, replacing a Tesla battery costs around $13,000-$20,000.

    How many batteries does a Audi Etron have? ›

    Audi e-tron (2018)
    Audi e-tron
    Powertrain
    Electric motor2x Asynchronous motors (ASMs)
    TransmissionSingle speed with fixed ratio
    Battery55 quattro, post-update: 95 kWh lithium ion (86.5 kWh usable) 55 quattro: 95 kWh lithium ion (83.6 kWh usable) 50 quattro: 71 kWh lithium ion (64.7 kWh usable)
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    Where do I plug in my Audi e-tron? ›

    Plugging In Your Audi e-tron | Audi Electric SUV - YouTube

    How often should I charge my Etron? ›

    Premium Member. Audi, and most EV manufactures, suggest 80% max charge for daily use, and 100% for long trips. Frequent charging, especially high voltage charger (e.g., DC fast charge), will increase battery wear and reduce its life.

    Is e-tron a hybrid? ›

    What is e-tron? e-tron means enjoyment while driving and unlimited suitability for everyday use thanks to the electric drive. This includes plug-in hybrids, purely electrically powered vehicles, and the new Audi e-tron, Audi's first all-electric production model.

    Is e-tron same size as Q7? ›

    Roomy, Utilitarian, Familiar. The e-tron is just 3.3 inches shorter in length than the new Audi Q8 SUV, a five-seater, and 6.6 inches shorter than the Audi Q7, which seats seven.

    Is Audi e-tron 7 seater? ›

    With a larger footprint and a long wheelbase, the Q5 e-tron is reported to be spacious on the inside. It gets three-row seating with 6- and 7-seat layouts.

    Is Q4 e-tron bigger than Q3? ›

    The Q4 e-tron measures 180.7 inches in length, which makes it about four inches longer than the gas-engined Q3, and four inches shorter than the Q5, for comparison.

    Who makes the batteries for Audi e-tron? ›

    Audi has been using Samsung SDI cells for the 71kWh battery used on the Audi e-tron 50. Samsung SDI produces the cells in Budapest, Hungary. They are of type Samsung Prismatic. After January 2021, Audi replaced the battery cells on e-tron 55 batteries with Samsung SDI cells.

    What batteries does Audi e-tron use? ›

    The powerful lithium-ion battery in the Audi e-tron provides for a range of more than 400kilometers (248.5mi)in the WLTP driving cycle. The battery operates with a nominal voltage of 396 volts and stores 95kWh of energy.

    Does the Audi e-tron have a heat pump? ›

    Even more efficiency: the heat pump

    An option for the Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron is a highly efficient heat pump, which heats and cools the interior very quickly using the thermal losses from the electric components and the temperature of the outside air.

    Can other cars use Tesla Superchargers? ›

    Tesla uses a proprietary connector in North America, so non-Tesla vehicles here will need an adapter in order to access the company's Superchargers, of which there are over 6,798 plugs in the US, according to the Department of Energy.

    Where do I charge my Audi e-tron? ›

    The Audi e-tron's CCS charging inlet is found on the front flank, behind the off-side front wheel and in front of the driver's door. The Audi e-tron is able to be slow, fast and rapid charged from public points, depending on the network and type of charge unit.

    Why did Audi stop making the a3 e-tron? ›

    After developing 10 prototypes for research and development purposes, in May 2013 Audi decided to cancel production of the electric car due to its limited all-electric range as battery technology had not advanced as quickly as Audi had expected, making the R8 e-tron unviable for series production.

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