Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 29 October 2020

Audi's nippy new e-tron Sportback whispers its way into the UAE

The carmaker wanted this new electric option to be both practical and pretty, and it looks to have ticked both boxes

Audi’s new electric e-tron Sportback has just made landfall at dealerships across the UAE and, saving the planet aside, the manufacturer has gone all out to make it both a practical and pretty option.

Most would say the company has succeeded on the attractiveness front and, with a predicted range of nearly 450 kilometres, the new arrival seems to have the day-to-day usability angle covered, too.

Equipped with the all-wheel-drive system that has become trademarked by Audi as quattro (it means four in Italian), the e-tron can operate on any terrain and, as the manufacturer says, “allows the driver to relish the interaction of efficiency, performance and supreme calm”.

It’s certainly fairly nippy for a larger vehicle, accelerating from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 6.8 seconds (5.7 in boost mode) and reaching 190kph foot to the floor.

Neat touches include an S-line logo that embellishes the radiator grille, with the same moniker on the illuminated aluminium door-sill trims. At the rear end, the spoiler fitted as standard (in addition to a diffuser) extends across the entire width of the vehicle.

The interior offers a 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit, and there is enough space for five people. Seat-wise, customers can choose between standard, sport, S-sport seats and the custom-designed contour variety, with optional ventilation and massage functions.

Prices start at Dh430,000 for the Sportback, and the new models are in showrooms across the UAE now.

Updated: October 1, 2020 11:52 AM

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