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Styling and chassis tweaks for the sportier E-Tron model

Audi E-Tron Sportback (20 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £79,900 - £95,100
Lease from new From £845 p/m View lease deals
Used price £55,860 - £81,365
Fuel Economy 2.4 - 2.5 miles/kWh
Insurance group 49 - 50 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Sportier drive than E-Tron
  • Sleeker looks, too
  • Slightly better range
  • S Line entry trim is comprehensive

CONS

  • Ride is marginally worse than SUV
  • Less headroom in the rear
  • Luggage space drops a bit too
  • Rivals are faster and more exciting to drive

Written by Adam Binnie on

Audi brought electrification to its customers first with the familiar looking E-Tron SUV – now we’re all used to the look of that, it’s following up with the more distinctive Sportback version.

It is to the E-Tron what the Q3 Sportback or Q8 are to the Q3 and Q7 – a chopped-roof version of the electric SUV, offering a sportier drive and swoopier looks.

That means rivals include electric SUVs like the Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes-Benz EQC, as well as the current benchmark Tesla Model X.

What’s different?

Practically speaking you lose 20mm of rear headroom and a bit of luggage capacity in exchange for a sleeker silhouette and a firmer suspension set up.

We’ve explored the implications of both of those things in this review - it’s also worth noting that the Sportback was initially offered with the more powerful 55 Quattro drivetrain; the 50 Quattro following shortly after.

What will remain throughout the car’s lifespan is the high-spec entry trim. Audi, keen to establish this as a sportier alternative, has picked S Line for the base trim. This comes with an aggressive bodykit, 21-inch wheels and Matrix LED headlights.

Any new tech?

The latest version of Audi’s clever headlights debut on the E-Tron Sportback – called Digital Matrix LED they use a spinning mirror to paint a high-definition beam pattern on the road.

As well as more accurately illuminating the areas you want, they can selectively bask and oncoming vehicle into shadow and even draw a width guide on the carriageway in front of you.

And for some added flair you can chose between a handful of animations that the headlights project onto the road when you start or stop the car.

How far can it go on a charge?

Owing to the Sportback’s more aerodynamic shape Audi reckons about 240 miles for the 55 Quattro (depending on spec) which should reassure business users, who are expected to make up 85% of customers.

That’s more than enough for a reasonable round-trip commute and since a 7kW wall box can fully charge the car in 14 hours, you’ll likely start each day with a full battery.

For longer trips there’s the option of rapid DC charging. Here you can expect a 0-80% fill to take as little as 30 minutes at a 150kW charger.

Is the Audi E-Tron Sportback better than the SUV? Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know, including its practicality, comfort, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

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