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2021 Audi e-tron SUV Review- Release Date, Range, Performance, Charging Time, Specs, And Rivals

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S. Kulshrestha

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December 17, 2020 at 11:52 AM

The 2021 Audi e-tron model lines recieves impressive updates including attractive entry pricing with a new Premium trim level. Costing $9000 less than the mid-level Premium Plus, Audi e-tron Premium can also be equipped with the Convenience Plus package. Technical spec updates include improved e-tron's available battery capacity and efficiency, resulting in an EPA-estimated range of 222 miles, an increase of 18 miles. The 355 hp fully-electric 2021 e-tron has a shorter driving range than Jaguar or Tesla but Audi's e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportback offers an impressive host of updates and a new, compelling price point for the 2021 model year.

2021 Audi e-tron Latest Updates-


When Audi introduced the e-tron SUV in 2019, the auto marque had a clear idea of making it big in the flourishing electric SUV segment. Now, come the year 2021, the e-tron has undergone some notable revamps that further strengthen the SUV’s case. The 2021 Audi e-tron offers more range and more enticing performance with a dual motor and AWD setup than the preceding iteration. If that's not enough, you can always opt for the S variant of the e-tron SUV, which brings in 3 motors to the mix, instead of 2. Prices for the 2021 Audi e-tron SUV start from around an MSRP of $65,900.


Know more about the Audi e-tron:


The 2021 Audi e-Tron SUV is slated for release by the End of 2020. The Dual Coaxial Asynchronous Electric Motors in the 2021 e-tron deliver a combined 355 hp, which can be further enhanced to 402 hp when the ride is put into Sport mode. The 95.3-kWh Li-ion battery pack that powers the two electric motors on the 2021 e-tron, now helps it deliver an estimated range of an impressive 222 miles, which is an increase of over 18 miles.

2021 Audi e-tron SUV

Model Specs

Price Range $65,900 - $79,100
Release Date End of 2020
Engine Dual Coaxial Asynchronous Electric Motor
Transmission Single-speed Automatic
Drivetrain AWD
Trims

3 trims- Premium/ Premium Plus/ Prestige

Colors 10 colors available- Brilliant Black/ Catalunya Red metallic/ Florett Silver metallic/ Galaxy Blue metallic/ Glacier White metallic/ Manhattan Gray metallic/ Mythos Black metallic/ Navarra Blue metallic/ Siam Beige metallic/ Typhoon Gray metallic
Changes
  • Range increases 19 miles to an overall 222 miles
  • New upgraded Convenience Plus package
  • New Premium trim level
  • Dual charging ports

Moreover, the company 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. The Audi e-Tron for 2021, also gets the Convenience Plus Package, which brings about a roster of upgraded standard driver-assistance systems to the e-Tron lineup. The 2021 Audi e-Tron goes all guns blazing against some heavyweights of the segment such as the Tesla Model X, Mercedes-Benz EQC 400, and the Jaguar I-Pace. 

What are the Pricing, Trims, and Features on offer in the 2021 Audi e-Tron?

Audi has slashed the prices of the 2021 e-Tron SUV, accrediting to the new Premium trim, which now serves as the entry-level trim for the 2021 e-Tron SUV. With the inclusion of the new Premium trim, there are now 3 trim levels on offer for the 2021 e-Tron SUV, namely - Premium, Premium with Convenience Plus Package, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The prices for the 2021 Audi e-Tron starts at $65,900 for the base Premium trim and top-out at $79,100 for the range-topping Prestige trim with an estimated federal tax credit of $7,500.

Model

Audi e-Tron Electric SUV Premium

Audi e-Tron Electric SUV Premium with Convenience Package

Audi e-Tron Electric SUV Premium Plus

Audi e-Tron Electric SUV Prestige

MSRP (AWD)

$65,900

$69,400

$74,800

$79,100

Key Features

Audi Pre Sense city and ride system

Driver assistance package

Adds to Premium trim features :

Adds to Premium Plus trim features :

 

LED headlights and DRLs with high-beam assist, LED DRL

Black optic exterior kit Matrix-design LED headlights Full Leather package, Valcona
 

Audi MMI touch interface system with Navigation

  Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System LED interior ambient & contour lighting
  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 Audi e-Tron SUV, for the year 2021 is getting a number of revamps. For instance, the electric SUV now gets a bigger Li-ion battery pack, several technical spec enhancements, and most importantly a new Premium trim level. Powertrain duties of all the trims nevertheless are handled by the  Dual Coaxial Asynchronous Electric Motors. That being said, we believe the Premium trim does serve the purpose, although, it wouldn't hurt for us to opt for the Convenience Plus Package with it too, which adds the Driver assistance package and the Black optic exterior kit with it, all for an additional premium of $3500.

How does the 2021 Audi e-Tron SUV fare on the Engine and Performance front?

The 2021 Audi e-tron obtains its octane via a 95.3-kWh Li-ion battery pack that brings to life two 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

In normal driving scenarios, this battery churns out a total of 355 horsepower and a peak torque of 414 lb.-ft. However, turn on the sport mode and the power figures amplify to 402 ponies and 490 lb.-ft. of the twisties. It can also sprint from 0-60 MPH in just about 5.5 seconds.

Models

2021 Audi e-Tron Premium Plus

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

What’s new in the power setup of the 2021 Audi e-tron SUV is the fact that now this SUV can completely disengage the front electric motor, thus saving energy and increasing the range. The front motor comes in action only on the driver’s command as or when he demands more power or traction. Moreover, the usable amount of the high-voltage battery has increased for the 2021 model as compared to the previous iteration. 

How fast is the 2021 Audi e-tron from 0-60 mph?

With a 355 hp dual asynchronous motor powertrain, the 2021 E-Tron SUV can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds in the sports mode while the standard acceleration time is 6.4 seconds. The 2021 e-tron's curb weight of 5700 lbs does not stop the Audi to be quick, while the EV does an excellent job around corners because of a 50:50 weight distribution.

Keep the right foot planted and the 2021 e-tron clocks the quarter of a mile lap in flat 16 seconds, thereafter reaching a top speed of 124 mph. Audi's Quattro all-wheel traction helps the dual electric-motor system stay planted.

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

The 2021 Jaguar I-Pace is the fastest EV in the segment owing to a more powerful powertrain complemented by 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. 

What MPGe figures does the 2021 Audi e-tron SUV deliver?

The 2021 Audi e-Tron SUV has EPA mileage in city/highway/combined MPGe figures of 78/78/78. The total range of the 2021 Audi e-tron SUV on a full charge is 222 miles, which is 18 extra miles in comparison to the 2020 model. One of the major reasons why Audi imposed various revamps to the battery configuration of the 2021 e-tron is the fact that the previous iteration lagged severely behind its rivals when it came upon the overall range figures. 

Model

2021 Audi e-Tron Premium Plus

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 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. Moreover, the Audi e-tron SUV is compatible with a 150.0-kW DC fast-charger that can replenish around 50 miles in 10 minutes and over 160 miles in 30 minutes of charging time. 

What are the changes in 2021 Audi e-tron SUV Interiors?

Audi brings almost no change to the 2021 e-tron's interior. Following these lines, we can say that the 2021 Audi e-tron will have the same interior ergonomics as the 2020 model. Certainly an Audi, the 2021 e-tron SUV showcases technological superiority, thanks to the latest and advanced 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.

Well for all the right reasons, the e-tron’s cabin feels as premium as any other Audi’s cabin should and just as futuristic as a premium electric SUV’s cabin should. With a dashboard adorned with multiple digital screens, and numerous high-class features such as heads-up display, massaging front seats, and 4-zone climate control, the e-tron SUV’s cabin justifies the ride’s price tag. 

Model

2021 Audi e-Tron Premium Plus

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

Speaking of space, well that’s in abundance inside the Audi e-tron SUV. The ride provides ample space to all its occupants, in all directions, at all times. 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. 

What are the infotainment features on offer in the 2021 Audi e-tron SUV?

The 2021 Audi e-tron SUV features the same MMI infotainment system as the 2020 model. This implies that the 2021 Audi e-tron SUV will get an MMI touch response operating system that will utilize two screens to display all the vital information. The 2021 e-tron's infotainment system features two displays - a massive 12.1-inch touchscreen display for the driver to control the infotainment, Apple Carplay, telephony, navigation, Bang & Olufsen audio system, and dedicated e-tron settings. while the lower 8.6-inch display is for convenience functions and 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. Some of the most prominent 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 are the changes made on the Exterior front of the 2021 Audi e-tron SUV?

The 2021 e-tron SUV's front and rear styling are unmistakably Audi, but it certainly looks a lot more sporty than the other offerings. The Audi 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. Audi maintains its stand with its iconic body liens and the impressive Matrix LED headlamps.

Unique to the e-tron SUV, the entry-level Premium trim can be equipped with a Convenience Plus Package, featuring the Driver assistance package and Black exterior trim kit including matte black grille, front and rear bumper trim and on the e-tron SUV, matte black roof rails.

The front fascia of the 2021 Audi e-tron is characterized by a large, single-frame grille. The grille is enclosed by unique LED headlamps that get four horizontal lighting segments. The 2021 e-tron comes equipped with standard 20-inch wheels and air suspension along with 10 exterior color options.

Model

2021 Audi e-tron Premium Plus

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 Audi e-tron SUV is the heaviest vehicle in its segment. Moreover, the ride also gets one of the longest wheelbases in the segment, which advocates the SUV’s liberal cabin and cargo space. However, what’s the most remarkable feat here is the fact that the e-tron gets the best in class ground clearance. This concretes the fact that the e-tron can be used for occasional mild off-roading expeditions. Jaguar I-Pace, on the other hand, with its segment-best wheelbase, translates to a better seating arrangement inside.

Notable exterior features of the 2021 Audi e-tron SUV are:

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

What are the Safety features in the 2021 Audi e-tron SUV?

The 2021 Audi e-tron has not been crash-tested by NHTSA or IIHS. The 2020 Audi e-Tron scored a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA while it was named a Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS. Now, since there are no structural changes being made, we expect the 2021 Audi e-tron to move ahead with the same laurels.  It comes with a full suite of standard and available driver assistance systems which includes the intersection assist and rear cross-traffic assist functions as well as the lane change and exit warnings.

Speaking of the safety suite on offer, the 2021 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. The 2021 Audi e-tron can also opt with a Convenience package, which also features a driver-assistance package, with all the latest and greatest tech to keep you safe at all times.

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

  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • HomeLink and Integrated Toll Module
  • Head-up display with navigation information
  • LED headlamps with smart cornering function

What is the release date and is the 2021 Audi e-tron worth it?

2021 Audi e-tron is set to reach dealerships across the US sometime around the End of 2020. The Audi e-tron SUV is an ideal bundle of enticing performance, charming looks, and a stately cabin, and now with the introduction of the new Premium trim, Audi looks forward to scoring well on the accessibility factor as well. Moreover, with increased range and all the other revamps, the 2021 Audi e-tron SUV definitely makes up for a strong contender in the luxury electric SUV segment. 


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2021 Audi e-tron SUV FAQs

Is the Audi e-tron worth it?

Yes, the Audi e-tron is worth it, as even though it is a premium offering of sorts, it does deliver a  good amount of range on a full charge. Plus it looks the part and drives that way too. So all-in-all it certainly is a very potent and efficient electric vehicle.

What is the range of the Audi e-tron SUV?

It will do 218 miles on a full charge. With about 74 MPGe in the city, and about 73 MPGe out on the highway, premium car buyers can certainly use it for daily usability without any cause for concern.

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.

How much does the 2021 Audi e-tron cost?

To everyone's surprise, the 2021 Audi e-tron starts at only $65,900, about $9,000 less than what the 2019 iteration used to cost. This is because Audi has revised its packaging structure, and with a new Premium trim level has also given the feature list a good shuffle. The 2021 e-tron is also eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit.

Does it come with an AWD system?

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

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