2019 Audi e-tron Evaluation, Rankings, Specs, Costs, and Photographs
The 2019 e-tron is the whole lot an electrical car ought to be. It’s quiet and fast, and exhibits off the strengths of getting a lot torque obtainable just about instantaneously.
For its sturdy efficiency, above-average trip 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 greatest gasoline SUVs you would possibly evaluate it to. That’s earned it a ranking of eight out of 10 on this class. (Learn extra about how we price 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 practically all of their torque simply previous zero revs, and so they 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 supplied through a Increase Mode that may maintain that for eight seconds at a time, enabled by participating 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 counsel even higher—it’s so drama-free. You hear the faint whine of the motors solely whenever you’re accelerating quickly.
Brakes within the e-tron are in contrast to these in some other electrical car. Due to a fancy, electromechanical association, the e-tron makes use of the motor/turbines whenever you evenly step on the brake pedal, and use the brake pads solely when extra you step more durable on the pedal..
Stopping apart, the e-tron has three settings for regeneration—what occurs whenever you ease/raise off the accelerator however don’t contact the brake. The primary mode is actually coast mode, whereas probably the most aggressive mode appears like driving a gasoline automobile in a single decrease gear than regular (about 0.18g of deceleration). Individually, an Automated mode considers following distance, map knowledge, and different elements. 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 visitors feels meant to imitate that of gasoline autos, with some measure of idle creep (ahead motion whenever you raise off the brake pedal) dialed in.
Governing how the e-tron reacts is Drive Choose, which gives 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 way of sand in an early drive). For individuals who wish to tweak the settings themselves, there are Snug, Balanced, and Dynamic drive modes that have an effect on steering and trip.
The e-tron is straightforward to maneuver and place in parking tons and inside narrower lanes; the low middle of mass from the battery pack’s mounting underneath the ground helps the entire car really feel balanced and assured, although it isn’t tuned to be notably sharp, agency, or performance-focused.
The e-tron may also tow as much as 4,000 kilos when geared up with the towing package deal.
Someday subsequent yr, 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 assist efficiency driving.
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