Let’s start with the comprehensive review of the all-electric offering by Audi, the 2021 E-Tron.
With electric cars becoming popular every day, there is a need for the automotive giants to invest in electric power and provide people with an offering that they would enjoy. The 2021 Audi E-Tron is the latest offering by the German giant in the electric car space and it is their first all-electric SUV. India will get the 55 quattro variant with twin-electric motors which is a good thing for keen drivers.
It will go against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz EQC and the Jaguar I-Pace. Let’s find out whether the E-Tron is the vehicle to pick, considering the fact that it gets the fastest on-board charger and wall box charger.
2021 Audi E-Tron has a distinct design with similarities towards the range topping Audi Q8. From the front, it gets the signature Audi grille along with the Matrix LED headlights. The bumper has some bold cuts and creases which make it look aggressive and modern. The bonnet has some contour lines which add some character to the overall design making it look modern and sporty. The fog lights are also nicely tucked inside of the bumper.
Coming to the side, it looks similar to the Q8 with a fluid design and not too many lines. The 20-inch wheels have a futuristic appeal to them and add to the overall design element of the SUV. The big wheel arches give it a macho appeal and enhance the road presence. Overall, the design from the sides is minimalistic yet purposeful.
The rear has a distinctive design and looks minimalistic. The tail lights are joined with a strip of light which looks magnificent and visually pleasing. The rear looks proportionate like the rest of the car with simple design elements. Overall, the E-Tron looks striking with immense road presence.
Interior and Features
The interior of the 2021 Audi E-Tron is identical to the one on the Q8. There is a wrap-around theme inside and the cabin feels solidly put together. The design of the dashboard feels modern with soft touch materials everywhere and the overall plastic quality is good too. The power adjustable front seats are very supportive and have ample cushioning and have the ventilating and heating function in them for extra comfort. Overall, the dash looks modern and the quality is right up there with the competition if not better.
The 2021 Audi E-Tron has a host of features which are almost identical to the ones on the Q8. The talking point are the three screens inside the cabin. The primary 10.1-inch touchscreen sits smartly in the middle and is a high-resolution display. It is easy to use and is quick to touch with haptic feedback. The second screen is the one which houses the climate controls, although, it would’ve been better if physical buttons were present. Last but not the least, the 12.3-inch instrument screen with 3D navigation and heads-up display is the best in the segment. It will provide you with any information you require about the car. Some other standard features are wireless charging, smartphone integration, four-zone climate control, air quality package and a 16 speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo system.
Performance and Ride Quality
With Audi launching the 55 quattro version in the Indian market, you have got 408 bhp and 664 nm of torque at your disposal with torque vectoring that keeps things safe and predictable even when you’re trying to get the E-Tron a little playful. All of the power is available from the moment you say go because of the electric motor and the performance is absolutely superb and brisk. To tame this brisk performance, Audi has equipped the E-Tron with a steering which is light and lower speeds to aid maneuverability and weighs up nicely as the speed increases. However, the steering is not that enthusiastic but it is helpful at city speeds.
The rear seat has ample space and is identical to the Audi Q8. The seats are fairly comfortable with rear sun blinds and rear AC vents adding to the comfort. With an almost flat floor, seating three people at the rear shouldn’t be a problem. The boot is also a generous 660-litres. With air suspension as standard, the ride quality is good as you would expect from a car at this price point. It does a great job of rounding up the bumps and potholes with only the sharp edges of potholes filtering into the cabin. Overall, the E-Tron is a comfortable car to drive as well as to be driven in.
There are a lot of safety features on offer. Some of them being lane-keep assist, 360-degree camera, stability and traction control, front, side and overhead airbags, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and a lot more.
Audi has the largest electric SUV on offer in India but with the Mercedes-Benz EQC priced at Rs 1.04 Crore and the Jaguar I-Pace priced between Rs 1.06-1.12 Crore (ex-showroom), it is vital that the pricing stays in the ballpark. There is a tough competition to the E-Tron but with correct pricing and targeting the correct audience, it could most definitely trump the competition and edge ahead. All things considered, the E-Tron is a brilliant option for someone looking to buy a luxury electric SUV.