There are no changes to Audi’s all-electric e-tron SUV for 2023. This is still a sprawling range of SUVs and sportbacks, with different body styles, trim levels and powerplants to navigate alongside one or two model-specific curveballs. We're covering the e-tron GT car and Q4 e-tron crossover separately.
Choosing Your Audi e-tron
There are numerous e-tron sub-ranges, with the SUV and Sportback both available in either standard or high-performance S configurations. Standard models come in three trim levels, while S skips entry-level Premium, focusing on Premium Plus and Prestige trims. To confuse matters further, Prestige trim on the non-S SUV is replaced by a unique Chronos Edition.
The cheapest way into e-tron ownership is to select an SUV in Premium trim, costing $71,895 (all prices include destination). The cheapest S is also the SUV version, retailing at $89,295 in Premium Plus guise. Sportback prices begin at $75,095 and extend up to $98,995 for an S Prestige.
As of this writing, the Audi e-tron is no longer eligible for a Federal Tax Credit. After the Inflation Reduction Act was signed, final assembly of EVs must be in the U.S. in order to qualify. While the Audi Q5 plug-in hybrid is still eligible, the e-tron is not. Audi e-tron SUVs may still qualify for state plug-in rebates.
The standard e-tron is powered by dual electric motors and a 95kWh battery. These collectively generate a maximum of 402 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque which is fed to all four wheels, taking ten hours to complete a full charge and delivering an EPA-estimated range of 226 miles. Fuel economy stands at 78 miles per gallon city, 79 mpg highway, and 79 combined.
By adding a third electric motor, S models increase their power output to 496 hp and 717 lb-ft respectively. Range drops to 212 miles, while fuel economy also falls to 73 miles per gallon city, 77 mpg highway, and 75 combined.
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Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the five-seater e-tron SUV stands at 28.5 cu ft with the rear seats in place, and 56.5 cu ft once they’re dropped. These figures are 27.2 and 54.5 cu ft respectively in the Sportback.
Every e-tron comes with a variety of front, side and knee airbags, cruise control, high beam assist, parking sensors at both ends of the vehicle and side assistance with lane departure warnings. Premium Plus models gain traffic sign recognition and a 360-degree top-view camera system, plus active lane assistance, but there are no further upgrades on Prestige models.
Every e-tron has a 12.3-inch HD digital instrument display with three modes. Wireless Apple CarPlay is standard across the range, but Android Auto has to be hardwired in, though satellite radio and navigation are both universal fitments.
Premium Plus trim receives signal boosting and wireless charging for mobile handsets, and Chronos Edition models get a head-up display that also appears on Prestige trims. Premium Plus buyers and above get to enjoy a Bang & Olufsen 3D surround sound audio system, while the infotainment and heating controls are split across 10.1-inch and 8.6-inch screens respectively.
The entry-level e-tron is fitted with 20-inch wheels riding on adaptive air suspension, with power-folding and auto-dimming heated memory outside mirrors. There’s extended leather across a cabin illuminated by a power panoramic sunroof, cooled by four-zone climate and enhanced with dark walnut inlays. Everything from the tailgate to the heated steering wheel is electrically operated.
The $3,500 Convenience plus package combines adaptive cruise assist with lane guidance and a 360-degree top-view camera system, plus gloss black design detailing.
Ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are among the signature upgrades on Premium Plus models. These mid-range e-tron models also sport a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system and Valcona/Milano leather upholstery. S models have sports adaptive air suspension (as opposed to the comfort setup on standard models), with carbon inlays instead of wood; the heated steering wheel is dropped on S models, though it’s standard on other Premium Plus trims.
On S models, you can spend $2,000 on the unambiguously named Individual contour seat package. This provides contouring, ventilation and massage for the front seats, as well as memory for the front passenger.
The Chronos Edition is not available on Sportback or S models. It includes Matrix-design LED headlights, larger 21-inch wheels, double-glazed side and rear windows with rear side sunshades and a head-up display.
There are modest improvements over Chronos specifications, including larger 22-inch bi-color wheels and high-gloss black exterior detailing. The navigation system also gains touch responsiveness. Again, S models miss out on one or two creature comforts – in this case, ventilated front seats and Milano leather.
Other than the contour seat package on S models, there are no packs available for Prestige buyers.
Premium models are sufficiently well-equipped to make higher trims seem poor value. We’d also avoid the Sportback model, which is more expensive yet has less cargo capacity, and stick with the standard e-tron SUV; the additional performance of S models also feels unnecessary.