Built on a modified version of the MLB platform found under a range of other Audi SUVs, Audi e-tron 55 quattro offers up one powertrain configuration to start with: a 168hp front motor and a 188bhp rear motor mated to a 95kWh battery. The total system output stands at 302bhp, though this peaks at 402bhp for eight seconds with an overboost function. It’s able to accept 150kW DC fast charging through its CCS connector, which means that charging from flat to 80 per cent full takes half an hour. While the powertrain is a revolution for Audi, the styling deliberately isn’t. The brand is targeting core buyers with the e-tron, so while the Jaguar I-Pace looks like little else on the road, the e-tron could be mistaken for a Q5 - just one that’s slightly longer and lower. It's the same story on the inside. Like many of the latest Audis, the dash is dominated by three displays - two touchscreens on the dash, another ahead of the driver. These gain EV-specific menus; the customisable Virtual Cockpit digital dials show the relationship between motor load and brake regeneration in real time, while the navigation system features the location of public charging points. If a top up is needed it can plot routes accordingly. Some might prefer the minimalist Model X look, but the Audi feels significantly more sturdy and expensive in terms of perceived quality.
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