All the elec­tric cars on sale to­day and com­ing soon

Elec­tric cars are com­ing of age, with the range, prac­ti­cal­ity and choice of mod­els to make them wor­thy of se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion. In this 20-page spe­cial, we out­line what’s on sale now or com­ing soon, plus we ex­plain all the re­lated ter­mi­nol­ogy and put two

What Car? - - Contents - Dar­ren Moss Dar­[email protected]­mar­

NEXT YEAR IS shap­ing up to be the year of the elec­tric SUV. Jaguar’s I-pace will be nd­ing its feet as more hit the roads, while Mercedesbenz and BMW will be launch­ing the EQC and up­com­ing ix3 re­spec­tively to take on Tesla’s Model X, which had this mar­ket all to it­self un­til re­cently. And then there’s Audi, whose E-tron you see here.

The new elec­tric lux­ury SUV slots in be­tween the ex­ist­ing Q5 and Q7 in Audi’s line-up, although it sits lower to the ground than the Q5.AS well as a bold look that sep­a­rates it from other SUVS in Audi’s range, the E-tron fea­tures con­trast­ing paint­work around its lower edges to em­pha­sise its off-road abil­ity.

In a rst for pro­duc­tion cars, buy­ers can opt to re­place the car’s con­ven­tional door mir­rors with cam­eras that feed rear-view im­ages on to small screens in­side; the more com­pact cam­eras help to make the car

more aero­dy­namic. Other fea­tures de­signed to make the E-tron as slip­pery as pos­si­ble through the air in­clude spe­cial 19in wheels and a smooth un­der­side that also pro­tects the bat­tery pack from im­pacts.

The E-tron is pow­ered by two elec­tric mo­tors – one on each axle, mak­ing the car four-wheel drive.the mo­tors pro­duce a com­bined 402bhp, al­low­ing the E-tron to cover the 0-62mph sprint in less than six sec­onds and go on to a top speed of 124mph.the bat­tery pack that pow­ers the mo­tors has a ca­pac­ity of 95kwh – slightly big­ger than the I-pace’s 90kwh unit and close to that of the range-top­ping Model X P100D.

The lat­est WLTP tests give the E-tron a range of 249 miles on a sin­gle charge – sim­i­lar to that of the EQC but down on the I-pace’s 292-mile of cial range.

Air sus­pen­sion and adap­tive dampers come as stan­dard, promis­ing a com­fort­able ride.this also plays a part when the E-tron goes off road, with its body ris­ing by up to

‘The E-tron has an of cial range of 249 miles, based on the lat­est WLTP tests’

50mm for ex­tra ground clear­ance.the E-tron is ca­pa­ble of tow­ing up to 1800kg, too.

If you’re recharg­ing the E-tron at home, ex­pect a full charge to take about eight and a half hours, or that can be halved by us­ing an op­tional high-ca­pac­ity charger. When us­ing the fastest charg­ers avail­able (150kw), the E-tron can be charged up to 80% in about half an hour.

In­side, the E-tron is fa­mil­iar Audi ter­ri­tory, with a Vir­tual Cock­pit dig­i­tal in­stru­ment dis­play re­plac­ing con­ven­tional di­als and two touch­screens mounted on the cen­tre con­sole.the up­per 10.1in screen runs Audi’s MMI in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, while the lower 8.6in screen is given over to cli­mate con­trols and other mi­nor func­tions.while it looks fancy, our ex­pe­ri­ence with this sys­tem in the A8 and A6 saloons sug­gests it can be dis­tract­ing to use on the move.

Audi claims the E-tron has more head and leg room in the rear seats than its ri­vals. It also has a larger boot; its 660-litre ca­pac­ity with the rear seats up com­fort­ably out­strips the EQC’S and I-pace’s.

The E-tron is ex­pected to cost about £71,000, with the Gov­ern­ment’s £4500 elec­tric car grant tak­ing that down to £66,500.That means the E-tron will be slightly more ex­pen­sive than both the I-pace (£63,495) and EQC (an es­ti­mated £60,000).

‘Stan­dard air sus­pen­sion al­lows the body to rise by up to 50mm for off-road­ing’


ON SALE EARLY 2019 Audi E-tron New pre­mium elec­tric SUV has the Jaguar I-pace in its sights Price from £71,000 (est)

Op­tional door cam­eras show rear­ward view on small screens in­side the car

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