Audi e-tron electric motor, drive & performance

The Audi e-tron is comfortable and smooth, but far from the last word in sportiness

0-62mph Top speed Driven wheels Power
5.7s 124mph Four 402bhp

The Audi e-tron delivers a familiar electric-car combination of rapid acceleration but dulled handling: it weighs some two-and-a-half tonnes, plenty more than petrol or diesel-engined alternatives. It's extremely quiet and comfortable on the move (another electric-car hallmark), making it ideally suited to family motoring, although it's worth pointing out that the Mercedes EQC is even quieter and more comfortable still.

Audi e-tron electric motor, 0-62mph & acceleration

The Audi e-tron isn't quite as fast as the legendarily rapid Tesla Model X, but it's certainly no slouch in the grand scheme of things. With a maximum of 402bhp in the car's 'boost' mode, getting from 0-62mph takes 5.7 seconds, with the top speed limited to just under 125mph.

That's well down on the 155mph limit we've become accustomed to on powerful petrol or diesel SUVs, but it's in place mainly to ensure the e-tron preserves a useable range.

Plentiful torque from the dual electric motors means the e-tron is very quick in everyday, real-world driving, too, merging onto motorways, accelerating away from the lights and completing safe overtakes on main roads with ease. It's a fast car by any standard, but it's also the slowest of all of its rivals.  

Once on the motorway, the e-tron is remarkably quiet and composed: there's very little wind or tyre noise, and electric motor whine isn't noticeable at all.

Handling

The Audi is the most lead-footed of the posh electric SUVs. The quattro four-wheel-drive system at least ensures it feels planted in wet or slippery conditions, while the standard air suspension ensures a very smooth ride.

However, both the Tesla Model X and Mercedes EQC are faster and a bit more responsive and engaging on a decent road, while the Jaguar I-Pace is on another level if you want an electric car that's genuinely fun and playful to drive.