Following on from the e-tron, Audi have revealed their second fully electric car. With its sloping roofline, the new Audi e-tron Sportback makes an immediate impression.Thanks in part to its streamlined, aerodynamic design, the second all-electric car coming soon to the Audi range can travel up to 240 miles* on a single charge of the battery.
Audi’s electric e-tron has made waves in the EV segment. A great range, solid build quality and surprisingly understated looks has found it fans throughout the UK, with many seeing it as the next-generation of battery-powered vehicles.
Now, Audi has followed the process it has taken with other models in its range and added a Sportback version of the e-tron, bringing sleeker looks. Let’s look at it in more depth.
The e-tron Sportback uses a twin-motor setup - one for each axle - which together produce a considerable 355bhp. That can be boosted to an impressive 402bhp when sports mode is selected. It means that the e-tron will crack 0-60mph in just over five seconds, and flat-out it’ll do 124mph.
Thanks to a large 95kWh battery, the e-Tron Sportback should return a claimed 248 miles between charges. Via a fast 50kW charger you should be able to take the e-tron from 0-80 per cent charge in under 90 minutes. Using a wallbox should take around 10 hours.
There’s also a smaller battery version of the e-tron. Badged e-tron 50, this uses a 71kWh battery and should return a still-considerable 186 miles per full charge.
The Audi E-tron sportback has a sculpted and coupé style exterior. With 21” wheels, Platinum grey single-frame grille as well as little details such as the orange e-tron logo on the charging cap and optionally on the brake calipers, to the Matrix LED headlights at the front and the single light strip that connects the LED lights at the back; it’s an SUV that stands out in every sense.
The exterior of the standard e-tron is striking enough, but the Sportback version takes things one step further. The sharply tapered roof is a great addition to this Audi’s overall design, while the prominent front grille and huge badge make sure no one mistakes this car for anything but an Audi.
The main focus of the e-tron’s technological offerings are centred around a 10.1-inch infotainment display which dominates the cabin. It’s here where you’ll be able to access media functions. Lower down is an 8.6-inch display which manages heating and ventilation. It’s a setup which is just as good to use as it is to look at.
There’s also a wide digital cockpit display ahead of the driver, in the place of the conventional dials. These are extremely configurable, allowing you to tailor the readouts to your own preferences.
Inside the e-tron Sportback, you’ll find plenty of space to fit 5 people in comfortably. The sound-proofed cabin blends elegance and technology. In this Electric SUV sport seats come as standard, putting you in front of a sweeping instrument panel that houses Audi Virtual Cockpit.
The interior of the e-tron Sportback is bristling with technology. A large infotainment system dominates the look of the cabin, while everywhere you touch is finished in high-quality materials with plenty of piano black finishes used for good measure.
There’s a generous amount of boot space on offer too, with 605 litres available with the rear seats in place. Fold them down, and this rises to 1,755 litres.
In test conditions, the e-tron Sportback provides the best-yet range of 240 miles* on a full charge. Up to 30% of that range comes from recuperation, where energy derived from braking and coasting is diverted back to the battery. When you require charge for longer trips, the e-tron Sportback readily takes the surge of 150kW at fast-charge stations - topping the battery up to 80% of its capacity in under 30 minutes.
Trim levels available on the Audi E-Tron Sportback:
All e-tron Sportback models boast plenty of standard equipment, with S-Line cars benefitting from features such as 21-inch alloy wheels, Audi Matrix LED headlights and LED rear lights and electrically adjustable front seats which are heated too.
A full leather interior only adds to the premium feel, while an LED interior lighting pack helps to keep the cabin feeling special at night.
Launch Edition cars boast everything included in S-Line e-tron models, but bring additional features such a black styling pack for a more understated exterior design as well as a panoramic sunroof for a lighter interior.
Also fitted as standard are Audi’s clever ‘Virtual Mirrors’. These replace the conventional side mirrors in favour of cameras and small displays which relay what the mirrors would usually see but via the screens in the cabin. It’s a clever system indeed.
In addition to Launch Edition, the Vorsprung trim highlights include 22" matt titanium finish Audi Sport alloy wheels, digital matrix lights with enhanced light animations, super sport seats with diamond stitching and Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Even more powerful than the e-tron Sportback, the e-tron S Sportback takes the regular e-tron’s two-motor setup and increases it to three.
With the Audi e-tron S Sportback, electric efficiency sacrifices nothing to performance - with 370kW of power able to propel this full-sized SUV from 0-62mph in as little as 4.5 seconds.
Combined, the three motors can produce up to 496bhp and
973Nm of torque when at full boost, 429bhp and 808Nm during normal driving.
- 21" x 9.5J '5-arm' S design alloy wheels
- S Styling Pack- consists of front bumper with spoiler lip and air intake surrounds in silver, S badging on the front grille and rear boot, side sills with door inlays and bumper in selenit silver, Brake calipers painted black with S logo at the front.
- 3-spoke flat bottomed multi-function steering wheel in perforated leather with S logo
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