What's your verdict on the Audi E-tron?

Discussion in 'e-tron quattro' started by Domenick, Sep 18, 2018.

  1. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    Officially revealed tonight, the Audi e-tron looks pretty much as expected: like an Audi SUV crossover.

    Here are the highlights:
    Arrives in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2019.
    3 trim levels, with First Edition limited to 999 examples.
    • Premium Plus $74,800
    • Prestige $81,800
    • First Edition $86,700

    WLTP range of 249 miles
    DC fast charging capability of up to 150 kW

    Performance Specs:
    • 0-60 mph – 5.5 seconds
    • Top speed – 124 mph
    • Maximum tow rating – 4,000 pounds when properly equipped

    Looks like this: [​IMG]

    So, what do you think?
    For me, it's not a spaceship like the Model X, looking like a very on-brand Audi. It strikes me as more conservative than the Jaguar I-Pace, though the interior takes a similar approach, wrapping itself around the driver, bedazzling them with assorted screens and switchgear. I can see the appeal, though I tend to prefer the clean uncluttered approach from Tesla or in the BMW i3.

    I think it should find plenty of homes.
     
  2. gooki

    gooki Member

    Pros:
    Great to see Audi didn’t release a weirdmobile.
    Big battery at 95kw.
    Charge ports on either side I believe.
    Height adjustable suspension.
    I thought I saw a frunk big enough for a charge cable under a plastic cover.

    Cons:
    No confirmation on what regions will get virtual mirrors.
    No range. I expect they saw the mess Mercedes-Benz got into and pulled all range figures from the launch.
    Interior is not my style.
    The factory alloy wheels are not my style.
    Disappointed the didn’t offer the camo wrap as an option for first edition.
    No offical pictures of boot capacity.
    No test drives.
     
  3. Frank K

    Frank K New Member

    They got a lot right with this car, but there are also things that are not so great.
    Here a few added thoughts to what others have said:
    - The base price is surprising and probably targeted against the Model X - nice
    - I thing the interior looks overloaded
    - It is too heavy with is reflected in the low range for 95 kW
    - A car presented in the US without EPA range??? This is the only mostly credible range information - all other numbers are wishful thinking
     
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  4. Sandroad

    Sandroad Active Member

    I like it a lot. For my current needs, I prefer a plug-in hybrid. But if my needs change, or the charging infrastructure develops into something useful in my area..........
     
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  5. FLHEM

    FLHEM New Member

    Love it. The biggest reason is the 150kw DC charging capability while also supporting AC charging up to 22kw. Price is an issue, but for what it is, not bad. While the virtual mirrors is a very interesting concept, I didn't expect them to extend out like that. That is quite ugly IMO. Would rather have the cameras only sticking out like 2cm. Overall, I like it.
     
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  6. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Well-Known Member Subscriber

    Ask me then. Elon isn't the only one to offer PowerPoint products.

    Bob Wilson
     
  7. interestedinEV

    interestedinEV Active Member

    Touche
     
  8. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    Dealerships (at least in the U.S.) will not stock the e-Tron. Special order only.

    In other words, nice though it may be, it will be offered only in compliance car numbers, at least in the U.S. Perhaps more available in Europe?

     
  9. Sandroad

    Sandroad Active Member

    Well, that ends my interest. I would never buy a car (at any price) I couldn't test drive. What were they thinking, spending all that money on R&D and P.R. and then not stocking it at some U.S. dealerships?
     
  10. gooki

    gooki Member

    I understood not stocking to mean not have the vehicle in stock. Test drive vehicles will still be available at dealerships, but all sales will be built to order.
     
  11. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    Do you have actual evidence of that, or are you just guessing?

    I could be wrong, I'm far from an expert on auto dealerships; but I equate "not in stock" with not having a demo unit for either showroom displays or test drives.

     
  12. gooki

    gooki Member

    No evidence, but this is how dealerships typically work in Europe.
     

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