2021’s Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback are luxury crossovers powered by electric which cross the lines between present-day and future. The battery-powered, all-wheel-drive engines provide up to 22 miles EPA estimated range of driving and are predicted to end the era of internal combustion engines, their sleek design and calm interiors are like the electric Audi models that are currently in showrooms. These well-known characteristics along with their classic exterior design makes the e-trons look less innovative than the more luxurious EV rivals like those of the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X. While the 2021 e-tron and the e-tron Sportback have shorter ranges of operation in comparison to Jaguar as well as Tesla, Audi believes this more moderate design will help make the transition from gas-powered models that are traditional to all-electric models simpler for consumers.
What’s New for 2021?
In the year 2021 Audi unveils an affordable variant which features the Premium label. It is available on Regular and Sportback E-tron models, it is priced approximately $9000 less than the premium model. Premium Plus. It is also available by Convenience Plus. Convenience Plus package, which includes driver aids like an adaptive cruise controller. Audi is also improving the battery’s capacity and effectiveness. The standard e-tron has an estimated distance of 222 miles – which is a significant increase than the predecessor. Its Premium Plus trim adds dual charging ports as well which means that there’s now a port on either side of the vehicle.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We are impressed by we like the price point of the entry-level Premium trim and combining it with the more sleek Sportback makes the e-tron more attractive and attract more interest. The combination is complemented by upscale standard features like 20-inch wheels and blind-spot monitors and heated front seats. 4-zone temperature control leather upholstery, and an expansive sunroof. We’d also recommend an Tow package to make use of the e-tron’s towing capacity of 4000-pounds.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The e-tron’s heavily wrinkled bodywork, there are two electric motors. One is located on the front axle, and the other located at the rear. Together, they offer an electronic all-wheel drive system, however the rear motor is responsible for most part of the job. In normal driving conditions they produce 355hp and 414 pounds of torque. However, setting the transmission into Sport mode, it will unlock 402 horsepower and 490 lb-ft. Initial impressions of driving showed that the e-tron was fast and stable. Its quick acceleration is typical for electric vehicles. The soft and quiet ride proved its luxurious quality. Its brake system seamlessly blended traditional brakes and the standard regenerative braking system. We were, however, surprised that its regen wasn’t sufficient to allow one-pedal driving in our testing of the Sportback version. The e-tron still displays typical SUV features that can haul up to 4000 pounds.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The regular e-tron is equipped with an estimated driving distance of 222 miles while the Sportback version is estimated at 218 miles. The former figure is more than it was before, but both models are still behind competitors like The 2020 Jaguar I-Pace (234 miles) and the Tesla Model X Long Range (up to 371 miles). Each e-tron comes with 150.0-kW DC fast-chargers, which allow it to recharge the battery’s 80 percent in just 30 minutes. If you have a standard outlet that is 240-volt can completely charge the e-tron within approximately nine hours.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates that the 2021 electric car will get 78 MPGe in combination. Its Sportback model is rated lower, with 77 MPGe combined. Both body types in our 75-mph highway fuel efficiency road, which forms a part of our testing program that is extensive. The regular e-tron rated 70 MPGe while the Sportback was able to achieve 75 MPGe. In comparison, the most recent I-Pace we tested produced 64 MPGe on similar tests.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The most striking feature of the e-tron is its electrified systems however, the five-seater crossover features a modern and functional cabin. The dashboard has several high-resolution displays that include the Audi’s digital gauge cluster, dubbed Virtual Cockpit, as well as two touchscreens that are flush mounted within the central. There’s also numerous options that are upscale like a head-up display and a massage for the seats in the front to enhance the luxury of the interior. It has flat floors thanks to its tidy underneath battery. It also provides the regular e-tron with a spacious cargo area of 30 cubic feet on the rear row, and 57 with seats folded flat. The Sportback’s roofline slopes down the two figures by 2 cubes and we’re still able to fit seven carry-on luggages behind its rear seats, one less than the standard e-tron.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Each e-tron’s system of infotainment runs using two touchscreens, which include an 10.1-inch display on the top and an 8.8-inch screen below it. The upper screen offers access to the basic Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps, in addition to the Bang & Olufsen system for audio and the lower screen is utilized to control the temperature settings. Alongside a variety of power outlets, the system also features an internet hotspot that is subscription-based and a wireless charger for smartphones. is available.