Audi makes its e-tron electric SUV a little more affordable

With a few compromises
by Tom Harrison | Aug 3, 2019
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Welcome, everyone, to a slightly worse Audi e-tron. Set to arrive in the UK early next year, the e-tron ‘50’ quattro will be cheaper than the existing e-tron ‘55’ quattro (Audi hasn’t yet said by how much), but come with a smaller battery, meaning less range and less performance.

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The existing e-tron 55 starts at a little over £70k (P4.4 million). For that you get 402hp and 664Nm. The 50, which like the 55 is all-wheel drive, has to make do with 308hp and 539Nm. 0-100kph takes 7 seconds and the top speed is capped at 190kph, making it 1.3 seconds and 10kph slower than the 55. No big deal—the e-tron is a family SUV and does not need to be fast.

Range is a big deal, though. The 55 gets a whopping 95kWh battery pack, enough for a claimed 399km of driving range. In the real world you’re looking at about 322km of usable range—at least that’s what we got when we took one to Exmoor to test against the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace.

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The e-tron 50 has a lowly 71kWh battery, meaning it can only travel a claimed 300km between recharges. This could well translate to 241kph or so of usable range. This thing better be a fair bit cheaper than the 55…

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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