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2021 Audi e-tron 55 quattro India review, test drive

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We drove the Audi e-tron SUV in 2019, the similar year it was scheduled to be released in India. On the other hand, particular supply chain constraints, followed by pandemic-relevant delays meant that this whole-electrical Audi SUV lost its to start with-mover edge to the Mercedes EQC, which released in 2020, and the Jaguar I-Tempo that released before this year. These delays, even so, could be a blessing in disguise for Audi, as sector recognition and acceptance of EVs in India is significantly bigger now than it at any time was. To begin with, Audi will start two variations of this all-electrical SUV – e-tron fifty five and e-tron fifty five Sportback – each of which attract power out of a 95kWh battery. The emphasis of this evaluate will be the previous.

Audi e-tron fifty five quattro: what is it like?

The e-tron is dependent on a heavily modified MLB Evo system, which also underpins the likes of the Q5 and Q7. This five-seater e-tron is related in proportions to the 7-seater Q7, stretching in excess of 5m in length, nearly 2m in width, and two.9m in wheelbase, so keeping a unique sizing edge in excess of the levels of competition.

The enclosed hexagonal spot up front mimics Audi’s classic grille layout.

Audi has adopted a common styling strategy (inside and out) with the e-tron, so whilst it seems to be sharp, it does not scream ‘electric’ in its layout language. This has been intentionally accomplished to make purchasers experience at property as they transition from an interior combustion motor car to an electrical car. Grabbing the limelight upfront is a massive, enclosed hexagonal spot completed in gray that mimics a common Audi front grille. The attractive headlamps and twenty-inch wheels incorporate some oomph to its layout, and for India, we get a common exterior mirror set up, alternatively than the futuristic, albeit gimmicky twin external digicam set up, which we skilled in its intercontinental iteration.

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Lurking guiding the alloys are massive eighteen-inch discs which provide extraordinary halting power. 

Uniquely, Audi has specified a charging provision on both aspect of the motor vehicle, and what is awesome is the way the flap slides down electrically at the press of a button. Providing away its all-electrical identification are the inexperienced variety plates (mandated for EVs in India), and orange highlights on the e-tron badge and the brake calipers.

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Uniquely, the e-tron receives a charging provision on each sides, on the front fender. 

Audi e-tron fifty five quattro: what is it like inside?

Continuing the common styling philosophy from the exterior, stage into the e-tron’s cabin and you’ll right away identify layout attributes and pieces shared with other Audis, which is no poor factor. The sheer high quality and fit-complete on the inside are prime-notch, and there is not a solitary minimal-hire spot in this Audi’s cabin. The uncluttered, layered dashboard properly wraps alone around the cabin, flowing seamlessly into the door pads. The most striking detail is the twin display set up – a person for the infotainment and the other for the climate control, each of which are angled towards the driver. The screens have clear shows, as nicely as an possibility for haptic comments (delicate vibration) when ‘pressed’. What lifts the futuristic experience of the e-tron’s interiors is the superb virtual cockpit (whole-digital instrument cluster), which is a person of the greatest units around when it will come to display high quality and simplicity of use.

article imageThe layout and colors are very business enterprise-like. High quality and fit-complete are prime-notch.

The wide front seats have company cushioning and you really do not sink into them. The boring gray seat color is very business enterprise-like, and brighter inserts or coloured stitching would have livened up the inside. Storage and charging parts in the front are aplenty and there is a clever recess spot to wirelessly cost your smartphone when put perpendicularly.

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Broad front seats will not experience very plush owing to the company cushioning. 

The rear bench is properly shaped, and the backrest is set to a comfy angle. The good news is that, even however the battery pack has been accommodated beneath the floor, the floor isn’t too significant-set, so neither are you seated in an uncomfortably knees-up position, nor has the headroom been compromised. The seat alone is wide ample to accommodate a few passengers abreast and the floor is nearly flat the protruding air-con console, even so, hampers knee-room for the middle occupant.

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The rear seats are very comfy, as is the seating position.

At 660-litres, the e-tron’s boot is massive, and the area saver tyre is neatly tucked beneath the boot floor, exactly where there is also an extra area to retailer the charging cables. What is far more is that, in the absence of an motor beneath the bonnet, the front has an extra trunk or ‘frunk’, exactly where a tiny smooth bag or the charging cables can be stowed.

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At 660-litres, the boot area on give is extraordinary.

Audi e-tron fifty five quattro: what features do you get?

The e-tron’s common characteristic list incorporates twenty-inch wheels, Matrix LED headlamps, a panoramic sunroof, Audi’s virtual cockpit (thoroughly-digital instrument cluster), twin screens – a person for the infotainment and the other for the climate control – each featuring haptic comments, a four-zone climate control, adaptive air-suspension, wi-fi charging, wired Android Automobile and Apple CarPlay, and a reverse digicam. Involved as a aspect of its considerable solutions list are the its digital Matrix LED headlamps which have a awesome trick up their sleeve – in addition to lighting up the road very nicely, these also accomplish a theatrical mild present any time you lock or unlock the car. The solutions list also features an on-board air purifier, perfume, ambient lighting with thirty color solutions, a 16-speaker 705W Bang and Olufsen high quality audio method, head-up display, smooth-closing doorways and then some far more. Capabilities this kind of as ventilated seats, wi-fi cellular phone connectivity and connected motor vehicle tech, to identify a several, are lacking altogether, the panoramic sunroof does not lengthen all the way guiding, and users who look for further and geeky EV-relevant details on the screens will be left a bit short-altered with the oversimplified shows on give.

article imageIts panoramic sunroof isn’t very as big as some of its rivals.

Audi e-tron fifty five quattro: what is it like to generate?

The e-tron fifty five attracts power from a 95kWh battery pack, which provides strength to two motors, a person on every axle. In its sportiest location, the e-tron generates 408hp/664Nm, 184hp at the front axle and 224hp at the rear. But in other modes, the e-tron would make 360hp/561Nm (170hp in the front and 190hp at the rear).

Right off the bat, you’ll be amazed by how carefully the electrical motors reply to the flex of your right foot, and you’ll even forgive Audi for not featuring a common creep perform. Press down a bit far more and you’ll working experience what quick EV torque suggests. A mere flex of your right foot is ample to scoot earlier gradual-shifting targeted visitors with the kind of gusto you’d the very least anticipate from a two.6 tonne SUV. Acceleration is sturdy and linear, and the simplicity with which the e-tron gathers pace quietly and seamlessly is nearly a non-party. Curiously, the e-tron emits a whirring-like audio to inform pedestrians and other road users of its existence, when on the shift, by way of external speakers.

article imageEven with tipping the scales at two.6 tonnes, it delivers sturdy efficiency.

Change from D to S and this Audi unleashes the extra 48hp/103Nm in overboost mode, beneath challenging acceleration. When pushed flat-out, it gallops from -100kph in a blisteringly rapid five.58sec, and with your foot pinned to the floor, it will max out at 207kph.

The e-tron has two options for strength regeneration – handbook and vehicle. What is extraordinary is how intuitive the vehicle mode is when you raise-off. Not only does the deceleration experience as pure as in an ICE car, it cleverly allows the motor vehicle to coast to maximise the length coated, or it recuperates cost and decelerates, all dependent on the driving model and battery state. What is far more is that, if you will need to drop pace, you can tug at the left paddle, which raises the depth of regeneration and mimics motor braking in a way that slows the motor vehicle down.

You can manually switch regeneration off or set it to two preset degrees. Curiously, most of the time, even when you do use the brake pedal, the wheel brakes are only called to obligation all through rapid deceleration, earlier mentioned .3g drive.

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Air-spring at all four corners assures a comfy and nicely-cushioned experience. 

Using on air springs at all four corners, the e-tron soaks up road shocks very competently, and even sharper edges are not very as jarring as you’d have imagined in a motor vehicle with short sidewalls and sitting down on twenty-inch wheels The generate modes change the ride’s softness, and in Comfort and Performance mode, it receives considerably softer, ensuing in some float at speeds. The ‘Auto’ mode, even so, balances the suspension’s conduct really nicely, with controlled human body actions and no undue pitching or bobbing.

As the e-tron’s 700kg battery pack is tucked beneath the cabin floor, its excess weight is concentrated lower down, ensuing in a minimal centre of gravity. That, plus a balanced fifty:fifty excess weight distribution at every axle and Audi’s ‘quattro’ method, would make this e-tron experience very nimble from guiding the wheel, featuring enormous degrees of grip. Its inert steering, even so, will take away from the ‘connected’ experience, but in just city confines, house owners will appreciate its lightness, contributing to an straightforward-going generate working experience.

The e-tron holds its possess when it will come to panic braking efficiency. Geared up with eighteen-inch disc brakes (front and rear), the e-tron sheds pace from eighty-0kph, in merely 24.09m, which is extraordinary for this two.6-tonne behemoth.

Audi e-tron fifty five quattro: array and charging

In our common exams, the e-tron fifty five achieved 350km on a whole cost in the metropolis cycle, and 382km out on the highway. If you are functioning definitely minimal on cost, there is a ‘range mode’ possibility that switches the climate control off, minimizes power usage, and limits the max pace to 90kph, which can provide an extra forty-60km of driving array.

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We examined Audi’s 11kW AC wall box charger too, which replenished ninety p.c of the e-tron’s battery (from ten-one hundred p.c) in about eight several hours. In addition, we also plugged it into a 25kW Tata Ability DC rapidly charger, and in a mere fifteen minutes, it provided ample cost to incorporate an extra twenty five-30km of array, for Rs 106. Regular charging bills at property are probable to be around Rs 750 per cost (-one hundred p.c), getting into account electricity price tag at Rs eight per device.

Audi e-tron fifty five quattro: really should you get a person?

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In get to attain Audi’s profits focus on of two hundred units a year, not only does the e-tron have to be a very good EV, but it will also have to deliver as a standard high quality SUV. As the latter, it seems to be the aspect, it is roomy and simple, the experience is fantastic, and efficiency is sturdy. Becoming an EV, even so, long-length touring will will need watchful planning, but as an city each day driver, the e-tron is as good as it receives. A actual-earth metropolis array of about 350km would make it far more than capable for the program targeted visitors grind, and it goes about accomplishing its position flawlessly. So, if it’s an straightforward-to-generate luxury SUV you look for, a person which you’ll enjoy driving devoid of having the slightest guilt of destructive tailpipe emissions, the e-tron would make a compelling case. And you’ll have to shell out around Rs 1 crore for the privilege.

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