Speedy charging. Thanks to its 150-kW DC fast charging capability, the 2019 Audi e-tron does its best to quell range anxiety by giving owners the ability to get a decent amount of range back without having to wait hours. When plugged into a fast charger, the e-tron can get up to 80 percent of its range back in just 30 minutes. On a Level 2 charger, charge times are around nine hours.
Excellent equipment. It may be an electric vehicle, but the e-tron isn't a stripped-down fuel-efficient vehicle. The base model comes with heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, an adaptive air suspension, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, Audi's Virtual Cockpit, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, and more.
If you move up to the range-topping Prestige trim, you're getting a bona fide luxury vehicle. Things like power-closing doors, massaging front seats, a head-up display, and Valcona leather are included as standard on that trim. The e-tron may be all-electric, but it still follows Audi's other vehicles by offering upscale features.
Electrifying performance. Anyone that's driven an electric vehicle knows how addicting instantaneous acceleration is, and it's no different with the e-tron. The SUV has two electric motors – one at both ends – that can make up to a combined 402 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque. With that much power going to all four wheels, the e-tron can get to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds.
It may be powerful and quick, but the e-tron is still easy to drive, quiet, and comfortable. The standard air suspension soaks up rough roads and can raise the SUV's ride height by three inches for some light off-roading or getting through inclement weather. Multiple drive modes – Auto, Comfort, Efficiency, Individual, Offroad, and Allroad – allow you to cater the e-tron to your liking.
Subpar range. The EPA hasn't released official range for the e-tron yet, but the SUV is expected to have a range of approximately 200 miles. That figure can't match rivals from Tesla, Chevrolet, Hyundai, and Jaguar. While the e-tron can recharge quickly, its range leaves a lot to be desired.
Final thoughts. The majority of electric vehicles require some sort of compromise. Whether it's versatility, features, or performance, few EVs manage to be as well rounded as gasoline cars. With a spacious cabin, real luxury features, and great performance, there's little to complain about with the 2019 Audi e-tron.
We'll have to wait until the EPA releases its official range and fuel economy figures for the e-tron, but the model's incredible fast-charging figure is more than enough to warrant a purchase. Having excellent performance and high-end features that live up to the Audi badge make switching to electric easy.
The Tesla Model X is more expensive, but it's still the king of range when it comes to EVs, boasting up to 295 miles of range. The Jaguar I-PACE is quicker, looks more futuristic, and can travel up to 234 miles on a single charge. If traveling a long distance is a priority, but you're working on a budget, the Hyundai Kona Electric's range of 258 miles and sub-$40,000 price tag is incredibly attractive.