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2019 Audi e-tron Performance Review


Performance: 8.6

The 2019 Audi e-tron is a spirited handler. It’s quiet, powerful, and comfortable. It also has a decent driving range of up to 204 miles, though some rival EVs can go even farther on a single charge.

  • "Additionally, it gets high marks for smooth braking, sporty handling and unusually good off-road abilities." -- Edmunds
  • "Pushed hard, the E-Tron's powertrain delivers the same punch and responsiveness as some of the more performance-oriented SUVs, and the chassis feels well planted and has less obvious body roll through corners." -- Motor Trend
  • "The vibration-free motors, the absence of virtual or actual gear changes, the punchy power delivery, and the hush-quiet noise level make this a perfectly relaxed and sufficiently brisk grand." -- Automobile Magazine

Acceleration and Power

Powering the e-tron is a pair of electric motors rated at 355 horsepower. Shifting into Boost mode by pressing the accelerator pedal and moving the shifter backwards twice increases output to 402 horsepower. A single-speed automatic transmission is standard.  

Acceleration comes quietly and quickly, though some rival EVs get up to speed a little faster. Power delivery is more than sufficient for daily driving.

According to the EPA, this EV has a fairly long range of up to 204 miles, though a few rivals can go even farther. The e-tron gets 74 MPGe combined. For more information, check out our article What is MPGe?

  • "As with rival EVs such as the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X, the e-tron benefits from acceleration that is smooth, silent and swift." -- Edmunds
  • If our first encounter is anything to go by, the acceleration from 60 mph upwards is overshadowed by the unreal mid-range urge of a Tesla 100D, the fierce low-speed pick-up of the 294-kW Jaguar i-Pace and the awesome tip-in of the 300-kW Mercedes EQ-C. The E-Tron is a quick car, no doubt. But it does not release that torque avalanche with quite the same urge and enthusiasm as its rivals." -- Automobile Magazine
  • Under acceleration at highway speed one hears a hint of the faintest of whines from the two electric motors." -- Autoblog

Alternative Fuels and Charging

It takes around 80 hours to fully charge the e-tron's lithium-ion battery with a 120-volt outlet. A 240-volt outlet cuts that to a more manageable nine hours. Additionally, Audi claims that up to 54 miles of range can be recharged in 10 minutes from a public 150 kW charger, or you can restore up to 80% of a charge (about 163 miles) in 30 minutes. At Electrify America stations, Audi provides new e-tron owners with up to 1,000 kilowatt-hours of free charging.

  • Audi includes a charging cable in a cubby under the hood. Plugged into a Level 2 240-volt outlet, the E-Tron needs from nine to 12 hours to charge fully. A Level 3 DC fast 150-kW charger restores 80 percent of range in 30 minutes, a full charge takes about 45 minutes. E-Trons don't start deliveries until the second quarter of next year. Not long after that, by July 2019, Electrify America plans to have 500 fast charging stations in 40 states and 17 cities. E-Tron owners will get 1,000 kWh of Electrify America charging free, roughly 2,000 miles of driving, that can be used within four years of purchase." -- Autoblog
  • "On AC power, the e-tron can recharge at up to 11 kilowatts, which will allow it to add mileage more quickly than the slow-charging Jaguar I-Pace with its 7-kW charger." -- Car and Driver

Handling and Braking

Most reviewers agree that this Audi SUV handles like a sporty sedan but retains the comfortable ride often associated with luxury vehicles. Unlike some hybrids or EVs, whose brakes can feel grabby, the e-tron seamlessly transitions between regenerative and friction braking. Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system comes standard.

  • "The electronic brakes aren't grabby; in 200 miles of driving, we only had to say, 'Oops, sorry,' once, and that was when tootling among sand dunes. We called on the friction brakes a few times in a couple hundred miles of driving, through testing or playing Last of the Late Brakers. They join the party seamlessly. Paddles behind the steering wheel cycle through three regen levels – freewheeling, minimal, and high – if you want control." -- Autoblog
  • "The e-tron can rail through turns like a sporty sedan, without sacrificing ride quality. Small road imperfections are absorbed with little notice. Even on unimproved dirt roads, it still feels like a luxury SUV." -- Edmunds
  • "We found the e-tron’s steering far better than expected. It is precise, quick and linear. There was no latency or even much play. Turn the wheel even a bit and the wheels took immediate action. In this respect it felt more like a sports car from Audi’s cousin Porsche." -- Kelley Blue Book


Although the e-tron SUV isn’t a rough-and-tumble off-road warrior, it is well-suited for adventuring along dirt trails, thanks to its Quattro all-wheel-drive system, 6.9 inches of ground clearance, and adaptive air suspension. The Jaguar I-Pace is one of the other few electric vehicles that can tout light off-road ability.

  • The off-road mode, paired with the adaptive air suspension, gives the e-tron more terrain capabilities than the average SUV. It's not up to rock-crawling standards, but it will navigate over moderate bumps, ruts and loose terrain without breaking a sweat." -- Edmunds
  • "Here again, aside from the Jaguar I-Pace, you won’t see many EVs touting their ability to get down and dirty, and we doubt many EV buyers even would, but e-tron owners can take satisfaction in knowing theirs can go off the beaten path. Using the off road program in the drive select, the e-tron optimizes itself for adventure. It raises itself about an inch via its air suspension and programs its Quattro all wheel drive for the road ahead, even when that road is one you’ll be making in the dirt. Our test models had no problem climbing rocks and even lifting a wheel." -- Kelley Blue Book
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