New Audi e-tron 55 quattro S line evaluation
the e-tron GT idea. Our first drive takes place within the Center East, seemingly an odd selection of location given the area’s plentiful oil reserves and rock-bottom gas costs. The truth is it’s slightly acceptable, with locations reminiscent of Abu Dhabi investing closely in photo voltaic vitality. Quickly, electrical energy will likely be as low-cost as petrol right here.
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On paper, the e-tron appears aggressive. It claims greater than 400km (249 miles) from a cost; even within the desert with the air-con on full blast, it nonetheless manages 220 miles. Linked to a quick charger, the e-tron will go from zero to 80 per cent in 30 minutes.
Audi has additionally promised prospects entry to greater than 70,000 cost stations throughout Europe. The tech is named e-roaming, and drivers will want solely a single contract and a single card. Sadly, e-roaming hasn’t been confirmed for UK consumers but.
Even our early take a look at automotive places the Mannequin X within the shade with regards to inside match and end. True, the Tesla’s large display is fascinating, however high quality might be higher. In images the Audi doesn’t appear fairly fashionable sufficient, however right here in Abu Dhabi – amongst all of the AMGs, Rolls-Royces and Ferraris – it appears severely futuristic. It makes use of the dual-screen set-up seen within the A6, A7 and A8, with the identical haptic suggestions and a near-identical menu format. In fact, connectivity is high notch, providing Audi’s personal intuitive system alongside Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
It’s up there with different EVs (and forward of many) on dynamics, even when it’s barely slower than a Tesla. The drive system, with an electrical motor on the entrance axle and one other on the rear, produces 402bhp and robotically controls energy distribution in a fraction of a second. However even in Dynamic mode, it lacks the Mannequin X’s explosive acceleration.
Nonetheless, the Audi actually scores with its excellent stability. Additionally, the aerodynamics and sound insulation have been fine-tuned to eradicate practically all wind and street noise; we will’t consider another automotive that’s as clean or quiet because the e-tron.
A look on the speedo exhibits how good that is. The cabin is so extremely hushed, and imposes such an unprecedented feeling of calm, that you simply don’t discover your velocity creeping up on the motorway. It’s comfy, too, and though the e-tron is predicated on a closely modified Q5 platform, it’s way more spacious than that automotive.
Elsewhere, the e-tron is the primary manufacturing mannequin to come back with the choice of cameras as a substitute of standard door mirrors. These enhance the automotive’s aerodynamics, and relay photographs on high-resolution seven-inch OLED shows within the door panels. The remainder of the e-tron is every thing you’d anticipate from Audi: a high-class end mixed with digital devices. It options extras synonymous with the sort of luxurious automotive, too, together with an ioniser and a fragrancing system.