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2021 Audi e-tron electric Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: November 24, 2020

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When Audi originally introduced the Audi E-Tron for the 2019 model year, many experts praised the E-Tron for its uniform acceleration and generosity, many questioned its high price tag. However, come the year 2021, the e-tron has undergone some notable revamps that further strengthen the SUV’s case. Moreover, Audi has also made the e-tron much more affordable for the model year 2021, by launching a new trim. Audi has added a new Premium trim to the lineup that makes the 2021 e-tron even more accessible, as it is about $9,000 lesser than the Premium Plus trim.

Speaking of changes, since the car is still relatively fresh, the e-tron gets only a handful yet significant set of revamps for the model year 2021. The 2021 Audi e-tron gets improved battery capacity. Apart from that, the 2021 Audi e-tron Premium Plus trim adds dual charging ports, one on each side of the vehicle. In a nutshell, the 2021 Audi e-tron comes out as a better package than before with improved hardware and software adjustments for improved efficiency. 

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Pros

Spacious, high-quality interior

Top-notch driving dynamics

Advanced tech and safety features

Quick charging

Cons

Competitors offer more range

Not the most engaging to drive

Expensive options

What's New?

Extended Range

Lower base price with the newly introduced trim

Standard features


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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Audi e-tron electric XLE

XLE

power
176 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$36,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLE 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) Starting at $36,000 MSRP (40/37) 176 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
2-speed CVT w/overdrive and auto-manual TBD 5

2021 Audi e-tron electric Limited

Limited

power
176 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
N/A
mpg
combined

$39,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) Starting at $39,800 MSRP (40/37) 176 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.5L, Inline 4,
Single-speed Automatic N/A 5

2021 Audi e-tron electric Premium

Premium

power
355 hp
fuel
Electric
mpg
TBD

$66,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 5dr Hatchback (Electric DD) Starting at $66,900 MSRP TBD 355 hp, Electric, Electric
Single-speed Automatic TBD 5

Expert Review


The Audi e-tron is definitely a looker, but it has a hotter sibling, known as the 2021 Audi e-tron Sportback, which we review separately.  Both these SUVs are essentially the same with the same chassis and powertrain layout, but the Sportback is much more of a looker. The prices for the 2021 Audi e-tron will start from $65,900 for the base Premium trim and ranges up to $79,100 for the range-topping Prestige trim. 

Audi has made an effort to broaden the spectrum of the potential customer of the e-tron SUV by reducing its starting price via the means of a new entry-level model. With such a price tag, the 2021 Audi e-tron goes all guns blazing against some heavyweights of the segment such as the Tesla Model XMercedes-Benz EQC 400, and the Jaguar I-Pace. 

 

2021 Audi e-tron electric Features

The 2021 Audi e-Tron comes in two body styles – SUV and Sportback, the 2021 Audi e-tron Sportback, as the name suggests, gets a Sportback body style with swoopier, more low-set looks. We review the 2021 Audi e-tron Sportback separately. 

For the model year 2021, Audi has introduced a new base trim level (Premium) for the e-Tron SUV making it much more affordable. The 2021 Audi e-tron gets three trim levels - Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige.

The three trims of the 2021 Audi e-tron differ only on the basis of the available features. Apart from that, all e-Tron models are equipped with the same powertrain, consisting of a lithium-ion battery pack, two electric motors, and Quattro all-wheel drive. 

Model

Audi e-Tron Electric SUV Premium

Audi e-Tron Electric SUV Premium Plus

Audi e-Tron Electric SUV Prestige

MSRP (AWD)

$65,900

$74,800

$79,100

Key Features

Audi Pre Sense city and ride system

Adds to Premium trim features :

Adds to Premium Plus trim features :

 

LED headlights with high-beam assist, LED DRL & tail lights, dynamic rear indicators

Matrix-design LED headlights, dynamic turn signals, & full LED taillights with animation Full Leather package, Valcona
 

Audi MMI touch interface system with Navigation

Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System LED interior ambient & contour lighting, multi-color
  Front seats, heated, 8-way power with driver 4-way power lumbar and driver memory

Eight-way power front seats, heated and ventilated with 4-way power lumbar and driver memory

Individual contour front seats with heating, ventilation, & massage
 

Audi Virtual Cockpit Driver's digital display

Audi adaptive cruise assist with active lane assist

Intersection assist

The Premium is the most affordable trim of the 2021 Audi e-tron and comes at a starting price of $65,900. Despite being the base trim, the e-tron Premium is impressively loaded and offers highlights such as Audi Virtual Cockpit Driver's digital display, Audi MMI touch interface system with NavigationAudi MMI touch interface system with Navigation, and much more. 

The next trim level on the line is the Premium Plus which starts at $74,800. For these mid-level trim, the premium trim features include Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, air quality ionizer and fragrance, Audi Matrix-design LED headlights, Audi adaptive cruise assist, and heated and ventilated front seats.

The range-topping Prestige trim level starts at $79,100 and gets all the features that Audi has to offer. These features include a heads-up display, driver assistance package, Valcona leather upholstery, and individually contoured seats.

Standard safety features include front and rear collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view parking camera system, a rearview camera, and parking sensors. 

2021 Audi e-tron electric Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

It isn't easy to know how reliable the e-Tron will be, given that it has bespoke mechanicals and too new for the market. There are lots of positives about the 2020 Audi e-Tron. MotorTrend even named it a finalist for its SUV of the Year Award. Audi has long enjoyed a sought-a image, but its owner satisfaction results haven't always matched this.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

The E-Tron earned a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation and a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA for the 2019 and 2020 models. The reliability is uncompromised, and the car is sturdy enough to last for many years to come. 

None of the other models featured in the Carbuyer Driver Power survey bear direct comparison to the e-Tron, but the brand's Audi Q2 SUV, launched in 2017, was its highest-rated model. It finished 26th out of 75 cars in the survey, and, as one of Audi's most recent models, this could point towards Audi learning from past mistakes.

Ownership cost for a vehicle includes insurance, tax, fees, maintenance cost, and depreciation. However, we don’t have the full data for ownership cost for the Audi e-Tron, since it's relatively a new car to the market. The e-Tron was only introduced to the market in 2020 and this is only the second year of the vehicle.

The 2021 Audi E-Tron electric SUV gets an $8,800 lower base price and an 18-mile range increase for the new model year. The $66,995 base price isn't a price cut. It reveals the lower-tier Premium trim level Audi earlier said was on the route. The E-Tron will cost you peanuts to run compared with conventional alternatives. As well as the cheap electricity costs, you'll also benefit from relatively inexpensive road tax.

Warranty

The E-Tron comes with the same unremarkable limited and powertrain warranty as other models in the lineup. Jaguar provides a similar policy for the I-Pace and also Tesla for its vehicles. It includes:

  • Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  •  Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  •  Electric components are covered for 8 years or 100,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for 1 year or 10,000 miles

Meanwhile, Audi offers a similar duration of battery warranty, but with no mileage limit. The E-Tron’s battery itself is bought with the car, and Audi currently offers no battery lease option.

2021 Audi e-tron electric Buying Advice

As we discussed above, the 2021 Audi e-tron has become more affordable for the model year as a new Premium trim has been introduced with prices starting from $65,900. 

Though the 2021 Audi e-tron Premium is decently loaded, yet we suggest you go for the mid-tier Premium Plus trim as it gets a number of worthy feature upgrades from the base trim, at a justifiable price tag. 

Is buying a used car Audi e Tron a good idea?

Audi launched the e-Tron for 2019 as an all-new SUV. They recently started this SUV variant with a lower coupe-like roofline and a slightly longer driving range. Otherwise, the e-Tron carries over unchanged.

If you’re only interested in the standard e-Tron SUV, you may be able to save money by shopping for a pre-owned 2019 e-Tron. But if you have some extra dough, then we suggest spending on the 2021 Audi e-Tron electric SUV which has an extended range and lower base price too.

2021 Audi e-tron electric Engine and Performance

The 2021 Audi e-Tron SUV houses a 95.3-kWh Li-ion battery pack that brings to life two electric motors. This powertrain setup under the hood of the 2021 Audi e-tron generates 355 horsepower and a peak torque of 414 lb.-ft. 

The 2021 Audi e-tron gets a 95.3-kWh Li-ion battery pack generation 355 hp. 

The 2021 Audi e-tron gets two Dual Coaxial Asynchronous electric motors. One of these motors is located at the front axle and the other one finds a spot at the rear axle. This setup makes up for an electronic AWD system that mimics Audi’s renowned Quattro AWD framework

Models

2021 Audi e-tron

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400

2021 Tesla Model X 

2021 Jaguar I-Pace S 

MSRP

$74,800

$69,000 (Est)

$84,990

$69,500

Engine

Dual Coaxial Asynchronous Electric Motor

Dual 3-Phase Asynchronous Motors

Dual Electric Motors

Dual Electric Motors

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

Single-Speed Automatic

Single-Speed Automatic

Single-Speed Automatic

Concentric SIngle-Speed Automatic

Power (hp@rpm)

355@N/A

402@N/A

518@N/A

394@N/A

Torque (hp@rpm)

414@N/A

561@N/A

N/A

512@N/A

The 2021 Audi e-tron's powertrain setup is one of the most versatile ones and offers great sync for different driving conditions. The 2021 Audi e-tron can completely disengage the front electric motor, thus saving energy and increasing the range. However, switch to the Sport mode and the front motor comes into action, amplifying the power figures to 402 hp and 490 lb.-ft. of torque. 

The 2021 Audi e-tron is a little behind in terms of brute power when compared to the competition. While the range increase on the e-Tron is an improvement, it still isn’t as impressive as its primary competitor, the 2021 Tesla Model X that belts out 518 hp. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 also posts impressive power figures with 402 ponies. 

2021 Audi e-tron Acceleration And Braking Performance

Speaking of acceleration, the dual asynchronous motors make the 2021 Audi E-Tron accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds in the sports mode while the standard acceleration time is 6.4 seconds. Even with the massive bodyweight of around 5700 lbs, the car does an excellent job around corners because of a 50:50 weight distribution.

The 2021 Audi e-tron can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 5.5 seconds.

Keep the pedal pinned and the 2021 Audi e-tron clocks the quarter of a mile lap in dot 16 seconds and is good for a top speed of 124 mph. The e-tron delivers an authoritative pedal response, courtesy of its instantly available torque and all-wheel traction of its dual electric-motor system. 

Model

2021 Audi e-tron

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400

2021 Tesla Model X 

2021 Jaguar I-Pace S 

0 - 60 MPH (seconds)

5.5 secs

4.9 seconds

4.7 secs

4.5 secs

Quarter Mile (seconds)

16.0 secs

13.7 seconds

11.2 secs

12.9 secs

Top Speed MPH

124 mph

112 mph

155 mph

124 mph

60 - 0 MPH (ft)

117 ft

121 ft

121 ft

N/A

The stopping distance of the 2021 Audi e-tron is more than 100 ft as well. The regenerative braking system that recharges the battery when you lift off the accelerator means you can drive in most scenarios without touching the brake pedal.

The 2021 Jaguar I-Pace posts the best in class acceleration figures owing to a more powerful engine and a much lesser curb weight than that of the 2021 Audi E-Tron electric. Also, the Tesla Model X's top speed of 155 mph triumphs over that of the Audi. 

2021 Audi e-tron electric Fuel Economy

The most practical use of an electric car is to get high fuel efficiency, and you sure would be overwhelmed by how much the 2021 Audi e-Tron electric has to offer. The 2021 Audi e-Tron electric SUV delivers a staggering 78 MPGe on the suburbs, 78 on the highway, and 78mpge combined.

The mods applied to the 2021 Audi e-tron’s powertrain setup including its ability to completely disengage the front motor and several other software adjustments help the 2021 e-tron extract more range than the 2020 model.

The 2021 Audi e-tron offers more range than the 2020 model. 

According to the claims made by Audi, the 2021 Audi e-tron offers around 18 MPGe more than the 2020 Audi e-tron. You can recharge the e-Tron at home using a 240-volt outlet or in public using a Level 2 charging station.

The latter method charges the battery from zero to 100% in about nine hours. Audi increased the usable portion of the 95.0-kWh battery pack found in the E-Tron by nearly 3.0 kWh to 86.5 kWh.

Model

2021 Audi e-tron

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400

2021 Tesla Model X 

2021 Jaguar I-Pace S 

MPGe (City)

78

80

94

80

MPGe (Highway)

78

70

90

72

MPGe (Combined)

78

75

92

76

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

222

279

257

234

The Audi does put up massive numbers, but there is always a bigger fish in the ocean. The MPGe figures of the 2021 Tesla Model X takes the lead here as well, with a staggering 92 MPGe combined. 

In terms of range, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 with its claimed range of 279 miles on a single charge is the undisputed king in this comparison. 

2021 Audi e-tron electric Interior

The 2021 Audi e-tron's interior is a technological showcase of all of Audi's latest and greatest gadgets. A digital gauge display is standard, and a large infotainment touchscreen is angled toward the driver for easier access to its various menus and features. The interior feels premium and well designed; the first time you set foot inside the cabin.

The 2021 Audi e-tron's interior looks modern and minimalistic. 

The larger wheelbase of the 2021 Audi e-tron allows more passenger space, and the car can comfortably seat five people with light luggage. The seats are very comfortable and have premium leather upholstery. Moreover, the German auto-marque has done a fabulous job of neatly tucking in the battery pack beneath a flat floor. The flat floor, along with wide window sills further amplifies the roominess of the cabin. 

Model

2021 Audi e-Tron

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400

2021 Tesla Model X 

2021 Jaguar I-Pace S 

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.8/58.6/40.8

41.4/57.2/40.8

41.7/60.7/41.2

39.9/57.6/40.9

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.6/57.2/39.1

38.6/56.5/37.2

40.9/56.8/38.4

38.1/54.6/35.0

Minimalism can be seen in the cabin as there aren't unnecessary elements in the cabin to distract the driver. However, the dashboard of the 2021 e-tron is adorned with multiple digital screens, and numerous high-class features such as a heads-up display, massaging front seats, and 4-zone climate control, the e-tron SUV’s cabin justifies the ride’s price tag. 

How’s the 2021 Audi e-Tron electric SUV S infotainment system?

The infotainment system of the 2021 Audi e-tron is centered around a massive 12.1-inch touchscreen display. The 2021 e-tron runs MMI touch response operating system which is very responsive and crisp. The virtual driver’s display shows essential information like the charge left, average consumption, etc.

The 2021 Audi e-tron gets a 12.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display and an 8.6-inch display for climate control. 

The lower 8.6-inch display is used to input text and to operate the convenience functions and climate control. Both of these display panels exhibit all the information in the form of crisp and intuitive graphics.

The car also has a smart device integration of Android Auto and AppleCarplay, which has become a standard for every good car. The sound system isn’t too behind, as well. With a 16 Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium speaker setup, the sound quality is impressive.

Some of the most impressive standard infotainment features of the 2021 Audi e-tron are:

  • Integrated Navigation
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Audi phonebox with wireless charging
  • 12.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display 
  • Audi Sound System with optional 3D Bang & Olufsen Sound System 

What about the cargo capacity of the 2021 Audi e-tron?

The cargo space inside the cabin is commendable, with a large glovebox and an under the armrest cubby there would be no problem fitting your miscellaneous items inside the car. The Audi e-Tron has 28.5 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright and 57 cubic feet with these seats folded flat.

Model

2021 Audi e-Tron

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400

2021 Tesla Model X 

2021 Jaguar I-Pace S 

Cargo Capacity (cu ft)

28.5 cu ft

17.6 cu ft

26.0 cu ft

25.3 cu ft

The 2021 Audi e-tron may not be the fastest electric car in here but is definitely the most practical and family-oriented. The cargo space on offer in the 2021 e-tron is segment-leading. The trunk space of the 2021 Tesla Model X is also impressive, while the EQC 400 needs to work on this aspect. 

2021 Audi e-tron electric Exterior

The 2021 Audi e-Tron electric SUV blends aggressiveness and purpose. Its unique design with a broad front grille and steep bodylines that dips at a higher angle than the coupe gives it a partial SUV look.

The 2021 Audi e-Tron electric is a serious head-turner. Both the front and rear end of the 2021 Audi e-tron is unmistakably Audi, but it certainly looks a lot more sporty than the other offerings. The rear fascia is as beautiful as the front, if not more.

The 2021 Audi e-tron's dimensions place it between the smaller Q5 and the larger Q7. 

The side profile of the 2021 Audi e-tron is gorgeous as the sharp body lines blend along at the trunk. Speaking of the profile, let's not forget about the 2021 Audi e-tron Sportback that flaunts a drop-dead gorgeous Sportback design.  

Model

2021 Audi e-tron

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400

2021 Tesla Model X 

2021 Jaguar I-Pace S 

Curb Weight (lbs) 

5476

5400

5421

4784

Length (in)

193.0

187.5

198.3

184.3

Width (in)

76.3

74.0

78.7

79.1

Height (in)

65.5

63.9

66.0

61.6

Ground Clearance (in)

6.9

5.1

N/A

5.6

Wheelbase (in) 

115.3

113.1

116.7

117.7

The e-tron, with its design and styling, blends right into the brand’s orthodox design philosophy and somewhat slots itself between the Q5 and the Q7, however, with a much lower stance. Even though the car has a masculine feel, it isn't too wide from the front to distort the aerodynamics.

The 2021 e-tron looks unmistakably Audi with a broad front grille and steep bodylines

The 2021 Audi e-tron is the heaviest amongst the bunch, and that has severe implications in agility. However, there is no rollover on the turns, which is quite an impressive feat. It has the most ground clearance, which allows it to take on more challenging terrains than the others.

Some of the most noteworthy exterior features of the 2021 Audi e-tron are:

  • Dual Charging ports on either side on the front fender
  • Matrix LED headlamps and taillamps with animation
  • Privacy Glass for rear windows and tailgate
  • Heated Auto-dimming Power-folding ORVMs
  • Fender flares across the borderline
  • 20-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels
  • Black Optic exterior kit

2021 Audi e-tron electric Safety

The 2021 Audi e-tron has not yet been crash-tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS. However, since it's basically a carryover model with some minor tweaks, we expect the 2020 Audi e-tron's safety ratings to imply. 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Audi e-tron a Top Safety Pick+. It received the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests, as well as a Good rating for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead. Also adding further, NHTSA has given the Audi e-Tron electric vehicle a 5-star rating.

The Audi e-tron bagged a Top Safety Pick+ award from IIHS. 

Speaking of the safety suite on offer, the e-tron gets a wide array of safety and driver-assist highlights which include the intersection assist and rear cross-traffic assist functions as well as the lane change and exit warnings. 

Some of the most prominent standard safety features of the 2021 Audi e-tron are:

  • 6 standard airbags (dual front impact airbags, Seat-mounted driver and passenger side-impact airbags, Rear side-impact airbags)
  • Side-impact bars
  • Audi pre sense basic and front
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Driver Assistance Package
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • HomeLink and Integrated Toll Module
  • Head-up display with navigation information
  • LED headlamps with smart cornering function
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • HomeLink and Integrated Toll Module
  • Head-up display with navigation information
  • LED headlamps with smart cornering function

2021 Audi e-tron electric Competition

2021 Audi e-Tron electric SUV Vs. 2021 Tesla Model X AWD

The tesla model X is a great car in terms of performance, agility, and efficiency. Tesla being the leading company in the EV realm has depicted some significant advantages in this car. However, the interior of the 2021 Audi e-Tron electric win the brownie points for having a very aesthetically pleasing and luxurious feeling cabin.

Tesla Model X AWD

The ergonomics are unbeaten, SUV’s interior and the attention to detail are astounding. Moreover, in terms of power, the heavyweight of the e-Tron electric SUV holds back the performance, but in other fields, the tesla takes it home.

2021 Audi e-Tron Vs. 2021 Jaguar I-Pace S

The jaguar beats the Audi in almost every respect except the interior space. This might be the electric SUV, which gets overshadowed in the comparison mainly because it lacks road presence, which makes its rivals unique Also, the 80 MPGe combined on the jaguar is the top of its class.

Jaguar I-Pace S

There is little to no price difference in both vehicles. The Jaguar is a better pick in terms of usability, but you put comfort and premium-ness on top of power. The 2021 Audi e-Tron electric is the way to go. 

2021 Audi e-tron electric Final Verdict

The Audi e-Tron is lavish inside and extremely hushed. It's more practical than its direct rivals, too, and does a great job of soaking up bumps. The 2021 Audi e-Tron offers a stylish car for drivers looking for a luxury crossover.

While its range may not be as good as some of its competitors, at more than 200 miles, it’s likely sufficient for most drives. Audi e-Tron has more of a focus on the luxury experience rather than on revolutionizing the capabilities of electric vehicles.

2021 Audi e-tron FAQs:

Is the Audi e-tron AWD?

Yes, the 2021 Audi e-tron comes with an electronically adjusted AWD system as standard, which mimics the infamous Audi's Quattro system.

What is the charge port type of the Audi e-tron?

The US version of the 2021 Audi e-tron gets a CCS|Type1 charger port. 

What is the charging time of the Audi e-tron?

The e-tron can be recharged at home with a Level 2 charger under 10 hours, depending on the existing charge level of the vehicle. Furthermore, the 2021 Audi e-tron also supports 150 kW high-speed commercial chargers that can offer up to 80% recharge in about 30 minutes. 

What is the annual maintenance cost of the Audi e-tron?

The annual maintenance cost of an Audi e-tron ranges from $80 to $1404, depending upon your service provider or the services you are getting. Hence, the average annual maintenance cost of an Audi e-tron is around $128. 

Does the Audi e-tron seat 7?

No, the 2021 Audi e-tron does not seat 7, but can only comfortably allow 5- average-sized adults to sit inside.

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