Audi e-Tron Sportback

Electric Glide.

Electric cars are the way of the future and I am so glad we have matured past the point of electric cars not looking weird. Take this e-Tron Sportback as an example, If you didn’t know it was electric it would look like any other Audi SUV. The other factor that has kept electric vehicles at bay has been range but manufacturers have made huge strides in the past few years. This has a 95kWh battery and on the WLTP cycle, it can achieve a claimed range of 446km. To put it into perspective that’s the same range as some petrol-powered cars. This range doesn’t come at the expense of performance either but more on that later.

The coupe shaped SUV is rather attractive even if a little sedate. That shape aids aerodynamics and gives the e-Tron Sportback a slippery drag coefficient of just 0.25cd. Adding to or rather reducing the drag is the use of small camera’s instead of wing mirrors, images are displayed on small screens on the doors. This leads me on to the tech in this car, there are screens everywhere. (Similar to Honda E read about it here: http://itmate.co.za/2020/02/11/2020-honda-e/ ). There is a 12.1″ display for the infotainment, a 8.6″ one for the climate control and a 12.3″ high resolution (1920×720) digital drivers display. In terms of layout and design, it is pretty much the same as the e-Tron.

Cockpit, take note of door rearview screens

Performance.

The e-Tron Sportback will be sold in two variants. First up is the 50 Quattro, it is rated at 230kw and 540nm of torque and Audi claims it can sprint to 100kmh in 6.8 seconds. The 50 Quattro also has a slightly smaller battery pack compared to the 55 so the range is reduced to 347km on the WLTP cycle. The 55 Quattro is rated at 265kw and 561nm, however, if put into sport mode and the pedal is mashed to the floor power is boosted to 300kw and 664nm for 8 seconds. Giving the 55 a 0-100kmh sprint time of 5.7 seconds. The 55 maxes out at 200kmh(Limited) while the 50 can only muster 191kmh.

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. Pricing looks to start at about 71,350 euros.

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