2019 Audi e-tron Assessment, Rankings, Specs, Costs, and Photographs
The 2019 e-tron is the whole lot an electrical car must be. It’s quiet and fast, and reveals off the strengths of getting a lot torque out there just about instantaneously.
For its robust efficiency, above-average experience and dealing with, all-weather and lightweight off-roading potential, and towing functionality, the e-tron is simply as versatile as a few of the finest gasoline SUVs you would possibly examine it to. That’s earned it a score of eight out of 10 on this class. (Learn extra about how we charge automobiles.)
The e-tron has two motors that function independently at their respective axles. The rear motor makes 224 horsepower and 262 pound-feet, whereas the entrance motor makes 184 hp and 228 lb-ft. Because the motors produce almost all of their torque simply previous zero revs, they usually rev very excessive in comparison with gasoline engines, there’s no want for a multi-gear transmission.
Peak energy (not but formally listed for the system) is offered by way of a Increase Mode that may maintain that for eight seconds at a time, enabled by partaking Sport mode and pushing the accelerator previous the ground detent.
Audi quotes a 5.5-second 0-60 mph time for the e-tron, however its responsiveness and quiet, pin-you-back launches recommend even higher—it’s so drama-free. You hear the faint whine of the motors solely while you’re accelerating quickly.
Brakes within the e-tron are not like these in every other electrical car. Due to a fancy, electromechanical association, the e-tron makes use of the motor/turbines while you calmly step on the brake pedal, and use the brake pads solely when extra you step tougher on the pedal..
Stopping apart, the e-tron has three settings for regeneration—what occurs while you ease/elevate off the accelerator however don’t contact the brake. The primary mode is actually coast mode, whereas essentially the most aggressive mode appears like driving a gasoline automobile in a single decrease gear than regular (about 0.18g of deceleration). Individually, an Computerized mode considers following distance, map knowledge, and different components. In any of those modes, the e-tron feels supposed to imitate the expertise in a gasoline car, not present the “one-pedal driving” expertise (the place you would possibly have the ability to keep away from touching the brake pedal) of a Tesla, a BMW i3, or a Nissan Leaf (with e-Pedal)—or a golf cart, for that matter.
In any other case, the habits of the e-tron in stop-and-go site visitors feels meant to imitate that of gasoline automobiles, with some measure of idle creep (ahead motion while you elevate off the brake pedal) dialed in.
Governing how the e-tron reacts is Drive Choose, which presents Auto, Consolation, Effectivity, Particular person, Offroad, and Allroad modes. Relying on what’s dialed up, the air suspension can increase the e-tron by 3.Zero inches for reasonable off-roading or deep snow (we did some churning by means of sand in an early drive). For individuals who wish to tweak the settings themselves, there are Comfy, Balanced, and Dynamic drive modes that have an effect on steering and experience.
The e-tron is straightforward to maneuver and place in parking tons and inside narrower lanes; the low heart of mass from the battery pack’s mounting underneath the ground helps the entire car really feel balanced and assured, despite the fact that it isn’t tuned to be notably sharp, agency, or performance-focused.
The e-tron also can tow as much as 4,000 kilos when outfitted with the towing package deal.
Someday subsequent 12 months, a higher-performance model of the e-tron will arrive, that includes two motors in again—for a complete of three—plus a extra aggressive traction and stability management system that ought to help efficiency driving.
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