The Audi e-tron Sportback completes Ingolstadt's electric SUV lineup. We took it in hand on a route leading us from Paris to Le Bourget via the Ile-de-France countryside.
Cameras as mirrors
Our e-Tron Sportback isn't about stealth, and it's not just about color. Its ratings impress, and it seems difficult to blend in with the traffic. Most other road users are surprised to find that this enormous machine does not consume 15 liters of fuel every 100 km. It actually looks typical of an Audi SUV.
Finally the most surprising is housed at the base of the front uprights. No mirrors, but profiled cameras on each door, saving a few kilometers of range. We create a sensation at every red light. "Is that legal? ". This same question comes up in the mouth of every motorist intrigued by this device. Finally our beautiful color goes almost unnoticed, this equipment capturing all the attention.
Lots of technology on board
By going on board, we just have to get used to this new mode of retrovision. After a day of trying to get to grips with this system, we probably haven't fully appreciated it. We actually prefer a good mirror with a vehicle detector in the blind spots. Maybe it takes a while to learn, but for our part we have failed to adapt to the supposed benefits this technology provides.
This interior reflects what Audi does best. Impeccable finish, lots of high-tech, large screens including two touch screens located on the central console. You can display just about any shortcut you want on it. To the point of getting a little lost in the settings for the uninitiated. Side trunk, count 615 liters of capacity. We travel comfortably on the bench, with the exception of the ever-less well-off middle passenger.
This Audi e-Tron Sportback is not uncomfortable. Not all can say the same, with a damping that is sometimes a little harsh. None of this here, on the contrary our big SUV takes in the irregularities of the road without flinching. Its piloted suspensions adapt quite well to the mood of the driver. He can cut the road in absolute tranquility.
When you increase the pace, given its weight, it does not look pale against many thermal competitors of the genre. The location of the batteries contributes to the very low center of gravity. The result is a rather surprising balance. His safe demeanor gives a lot of confidence. Well seated on the road, it winds the turns without really parasitic movements. This contrasts with the "flying carpet" effect on expressways. It is thus ultimately at ease everywhere if one ignores its generous dimensions.
Heavy and powerful
The electric motors, strong at the peak of nearly 410 horsepower, are more than enough to drive the 2.55 t of our e-tron Sportback. Yes, you read that correctly, including 0.75 t of batteries. The frank accelerations surprise in the most extreme mode. A boost even gives more power in situations where all the cavalry are called upon. Let's not be ashamed to say it, in many ways the driving pleasure is superior to that of a “thermal” 400 horsepower SUV.
At least when accelerating and picking up below 200 km / h. Then, the electronic flange intervenes to limit the high consumption at this speed. We have control over regenerative braking, the force of which can be managed in 3 levels. Freewheeling or engine braking so muscular as to turn on the stop lights, it's à la carte. This allows us to adapt the car's reactions to our driving style. Sometimes we slide on momentum, sometimes we anticipate a slowdown.
On the consumption side, it blithely exceeds 25 kWh per 100 km in our reality where we have not spared it. Autonomy according to the WLTP cycle varies from 369 to 446 km depending on the course. In town, one can even imagine a reserve of upper terminals. The car's shape and camera mirrors save it a handful of miles compared to the classic e-Tron.
And everyone counts when desperately looking for an available terminal. It takes 30 minutes to go from 0 to 80% on a 150 kW DC outlet, and up to 26 hours to reach 100% on a household outlet. No miracle in terms of price, these ranging from € 71,900 in 313 hp to € 110,600 for the most equipped 408 hp. This Audi e-tron Sportback has the merit of existing, and appears to be a good student of the genre. You still have to use it.
Photos: Etienne Rovillé for Audi France
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|Audi e-tron 55 sportback|
|Price from)||€ 71,900|
|Price of the model tested||€ 101,100|
|Bonus Malus||0 €|
|Type and location||2 asynchronous type motors|
|Power (hp / kW)||408/300|
|Gearbox||1 rap + ar|
|Rims and tires||255/50 R20|
|Maximum speed (km / h)||200|
|0 to 100 km / h (s)||5.7|
|Combined cycle (kWh / 100 km)||22 to 26 (369 to 446 km)|
|CO2 (g / km)||0|
|Boot volume (l)||615|