Audi e-tron 55 quattro review, road test

Rodolfo Schellin

What we have right here is Audi’s initially mass-produced electric powered automobile – the e-tron. The name, on the other hand, built its debut in 2009 and appeared on quite a few all-electric powered and plug-in hybrid Audi ideas, as well as on some minimal-run generation types. In 2018, on the other hand, at this SUV’s curtain raiser, the corporation paved a definitive route for the e-tron sub-brand and, henceforth, all its current and long term EVs will fall underneath the e-tron umbrella and flaunt the moniker in their identity for illustration, e-tron fifty five, e-tron GT, This autumn e-tron and so on.

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Also not accurately new, is the car in contention, which hit international showrooms in 2019 and established off to a solid begin, but offer chain constraints resulted in soaring global waiting around periods and subsequent delays. The India-start, scheduled for 2019, was delayed and that extended further owing to the pandemic. So, it is only now, in the center of 2021, that we are lastly getting the e-tron in India. As a final result, despite being just one of the initially luxurious producers to have a standalone EV design internationally, Audi lost its advantage in India to both equally, the Mercedes-Benz, which launched the EQC in 2020, and to Jaguar, which launched the I-Rate earlier this calendar year. For Audi, on the other hand, this could be a blessing in disguise, with the levels of competition screening the waters for premium luxurious EVs and the broader marketplace consciousness and far better acceptance of EVs in India, the timing seems just proper for the e-tron SUV start.

To begin with, we will get the ‘55’ variant as well as a ‘55 Sportback’ edition, both equally of which are powered by a 95kWh battery. Apparently, the corporation aims to sell over 200 e-trons per year, which may well feel like a tall purchase for a car that charges over Rs one crore. So, does it have sufficient to again its green plates and satisfy the corporation goal? We put the e-tron fifty five by means of our exhaustive tests to uncover out.

In purchase to achieve its revenue goal of 200 models a calendar year, the e-tron will not only have to be a incredibly superior EV, but it will also have to provide as a normal premium SUV. As the latter, it does the position incredibly well – it appears to be the portion, it is roomy and realistic, the experience is exceptional and functionality is incredibly solid. SUVs, on the other hand, are also predicted to be good very long-length cruisers. Although the e-tron’s functionality and handling most absolutely make it well-suited for the highways, its 382km of highway variety is not sufficient sufficient, which is the case with other EVs in its course much too.

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Air suspension can be raised by 50mm, and also reduced by 39mm from its standard experience peak.

Take away the very long-length commuting from the equation, on the other hand, and it performs incredibly well as an urban EV. A authentic-planet town variety of about 350km will make it more than capable of the plan urban grind, and functionality is as clean and as solid as it receives. So if it is an uncomplicated-to-drive luxurious SUV that you find, just one which you are going to appreciate driving with no possessing the slightest guilt of hazardous tailpipe emissions, the e-tron warrants a superior difficult glimpse.


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