It’s an Audi just all electric folks.
It’s really the brand’s first fully Audi electric SUV. It returns for the 2022 model year with significant package changes. This Premium Plus package I tested continues to offer the available Black optic package. Yet now it adds a new 21-inch sport wheel design. Most cool part is it’s supported by Dynamic orange brake calipers. Also the Black optic package with Digital Matrix LED headlights. In addition, black 21-inch wheels with orange brake calipers and a black headliner. Also Volcano gray ash wood inlays, and rear side airbags.
Really sleek, efficient and expressive. That’s just the exterior design
The Audi e-tron Sportback** combines the power of a spacious SUV with the elegance of a four-door coupé and the progressive character of an electric car. It is 4,901 millimeters (16.1 ft) long, 1,935 millimeters (6.3 ft) wide and 1,616 millimeters (5.3 ft)high. Its roof also extends flat over car. Then drops down steeply to the rear. In other words, like a typical coupé vibe.
The car is equipped as standard with 20-inch wheels and sport air suspension. So the more distinctively contoured bumper shows off and is tough looking air curtains. Those which improve the air flow.
They also extend below the headlights. This thereby creates a dynamic appearance even from a distance.
At the rear end, the spoiler fitted as standard. That’s as well as a striking diffuser. One that extends across the entire vehicle width. This contributes to the vehicle aerodynamics.
Drag coefficient 0.25: Top aerodynamics for extended range
The Audi e-tron Sportback** in conjunction with the S line exterior and virtual exterior mirrors achieves an outstanding drag coefficient value of just 0.25—even better than its Audi e-tron** sister model. This is primarily due to the coupé body shape and the associated lower aerodynamic drag behind the car. Audi reports the SUV coupé has a range of up to 446 kilometers (277.1 mi) on a single battery charge. Yet not in the winter and no matter how much the report that it was only 220 miles of range.
Global innovation in a production vehicle: The digital matrix LED headlights
Depending on the setting, the LED light is either directed via the lenses onto the road. Or it is absorbed in order to mask out areas of the light beam.
Sporty efficiency: Electric motors, electric all-wheel drive, suspension
The Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro** allows the driver to savor the interaction of efficiency, performance, and supreme calm. Each axle is fitted with an asynchronous electric motor. One that is fed with three-phase current by the power electronics. With an output of 265 kW and 413.8 lb-ft of torque. This thing is kinds of well 62.1 mpg equivalent. So the two standard electric motors pack a powerful punch in launching the SUV coupé from a standstill. All of course zero tailpipe emissions and totally silent to hear the music better!
The Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro takes
6.6 seconds (combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km (62.1 mi)*: 26.0 – 21.9 (WLTP); 22.7 – 20.6 (NEFZ). That’s weak. Yet it goes fast. It can go to 200 km/h (124.3 mph). This enables the SUV coupé to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.7 seconds.
95 kWh of energy: High-voltage battery system and recuperation
When braking from 100 km/h (62.1 mph), the Audi e-tron Sportback** can recuperate a maximum of 300 Nm (221.3 lb-ft)and 220 kW. As with its sister model, this amounts to more than 70 percent of its output and more than any other production model. Overall, the SUV‑coupé attains up to 30 percent of its range through recuperation.
So with two electric motors giving you only 402 hp and 490 pound-feet (and even then only during overboost situations) this is not power. It means this EV takes a leisurely 5.5 seconds to get to 60 miles per hour.
Also at only 220 miles of range. Not impressive for the price. Not at all.
So when I got the sticker for the car it says EPA rates the E-Tron Sportback at 76 mpge in the city. Then 78 on the highway, and 77 combined. That’s below the 86 combined figure for a Tesla Model X Performance. I mean 90 combined of the Mustang Mach-E I tested was amazing too.
What I Liked
Most importantly, the Audi has a traditional grille on its front bumper. Also the fast charger fast-charger can recharge the battery up to 80 percent in about 30 minutes. So it gives you a luxury experience. Not over the top.
For $75,000 fully loaded plus with the Sportback and no tax credits and no Electrify America free fast charging there are some kinks to work out. Yet, for a 200 mile range punchy Audi. So I guess it’s not bad for their pricing.