The market for all-electric vehicles has expanded considerably since the early forays of major manufacturers into the field at the start of the 2010s. Nissan’s Leaf model paved the way for other brands to make their own mark in eco-friendly territory, while market pioneers Tesla continued to incentivise competition between makers for better and higher-tech commercial entries.
In 2018, Audi made their all-electric debut with the e-Tron range, a concept that had been teased as early as 2015. The e-Tron range trades in everything good about Audi, leveraging their brand pedigree as a reliable manufacturer of high-quality luxury automobiles to create a series of vehicles that meet growing demand for electric cars.
Electric cars remain somewhat more expensive than their petrol-powered counterparts, though, meaning a more significant investment for prospective owners – and a bigger chance to lose out on valuable investment in the event of an accident. As a result, Audi gap insurance should form a constituent part of any budget, to ensure that investment is protected and that you get the most out of your new Audi e-Tron. Here are the three chief models in the range, and the ways in which they differ.
The e-Tron is the flagship model in the e-Tron range, and Audi’s first-ever all-electric SUV. The e-Tron trades in quintessential Audi fare, offering its signature looks and interior – as well as the hi-tech features native to all contemporary Audi models, such as its proprietary MMI Navigation system and virtual cockpit.
Where the e-Tron excels, though, is its electric performance. The e-Tron utilises two electric motors, that work in concert with one another to produce an impressive 0-60 of 5.7 seconds. Charging time is also trivial, given the size of the vehicle; a quick charge can take just 50 minutes.
Audi e-Tron GT
The e-Tron GT is Audi’s sporty entry into the electric car market. While retaining a four-door design, making it a useful vehicle for executive drivers and medium-sized households, it still boasts a sleek aerodynamic design to match the power under the bonnet. The 800-volt battery provides nearly 300 miles of range, but the real stars of the show are the motors, which provide 530PS of power and a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds.
Audi e-Tron Q4 Sportback
The e-Tron Q4 Sportback is the natural conclusion to Audi’s experimentation with all-electric SUV technology, being a stylish and contemporary entry that expounds on all of the best of the e-Trons that came before. The design is even more sleek and stylish, combining the SUV’s wheelbase with the aerodynamism of a coupé.
Here, the e-Tron’s range is extended to 320 miles, with a fast charge in less than half an hour. While the motors are a little lower-powered than other iterations, the Sportback makes up for it with lightness and the option for S-line sport suspension, giving you a much tighter overall drive.