September marks the arrival of Audi’s all-new, all-electric e-tron and e-tron Sportback models to Australia.
Good news is that Australian customers will be able to choose from six different variants. There are two different body styles, two distinct batteries and two limited edition variants for customers to choose from.
There are two different variants – e-tron 50 quattro starting at $137,700 and the e-tron 55 quattro starting at $146,700 both excluding dealer delivery and government statutory charges.
Both variants are also available as Sportback. The e-tron Sportback 50 quattro will arrive from $148,700 and the more powerful Sportback 55 quattro will cost $157,700.
Both of the e-tron 50 variants can store 71 kWh of energy for a range of over 300 km and the more powerful 55 variants store 95 kWh of energy for a range of over 400 km.
With fast-charging, it takes 45 minutes for a full charge or 30 minutes for an 80 percent charge. But with the supplied 11kW AC home charging kit, the e-tron 55 models can be charged from empty to full charge in 8.5 hours and the 50 variants can be fully charged in 6 hours.
Also, all e-trons come with a six year subscription to the ChargeFox ultra-rapid charging network that has over 1100 plugs in Australia, all of which supplied with 100 percent green power.
The e-tron also has a pretty cool function that calculates if charging is required on longer trips and by analysing live traffic and lets you know where that charging should take place. There are also two charging ports, one of the driver’s side and one on the passenger’s side for easier access.
The 50 quattro variants produce 230 kW of power (308 horsepower) and 540 Nm of torque and can get to 100 km/h from standstill in 6.8 seconds.
The more powerful e-tron 55 quattro models get 300 kW (402 horsepower) and 664 Nm of torque that enables it to do the 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 200 km/h.
All e-tron variants come with servicing and roadside assistance for the first six years, including an e-tron loan car during service, and an eight year/160,000 km drivetrain warranty.
A feature of the e-tron that Audi is most proud of is the virtual exterior mirrors. While it is a pretty cool option, there are some issues with it. For example, what happens if one day you get in your car to go to work and your mirror isn’t working? How do you drive it to the dealership to get it fixed? I’m guessing if the po-pos catch you, you would be in a lot of trouble? Audi, if you’re reading this, please clarify.
Inside, the e-tron gets leather seat upholstery, dual zone climate control, front seat heating and Audi virtual cockpit. There’s also dual MMI touch response touchscreens, Audi smartphone interface with Android Auto and Wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless charging.
Safety wise, the car gets eight airbags, autonomous emergency braking with cyclist and pedestrian detection, 360 degree camera, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic assist, intersection assist, collision avoidance assist, turn assist and exit warning – you would be very safe.
Up until this point we have only covered four variants. Like I mentioned the other two variants are special editions. Audi Australia will be offering a special First Edition in both body styles – e-tron 55 quattro First Edition at $159,600 and e-tron Sportback 55 quattro First Edition at $169,950 both excluding dealer delivery and government statutory charges.
The First Edition will be limited to 70 units and get virtual exterior mirrors, 21-inch alloy wheels, orange brake callipers, Matrix LED headlights and black exterior. Inside they will have head-up display, 705W Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, S sport front seats, interior highlights and four zone climate control.