This is the e-tron 55, which in Audi’s baffling numbering system means it has 408PS (300kW) from a 95kWh battery, capable of a range of around 252 miles should conditions be right. Torque is an impressive 561Nm (414lb ft) with a boost up to 664Nm at times, which is good for 62mph in 5.7 seconds if you absolutely floor it, and a top speed of 124mph.
That means it isn’t challenging the likes of Jaguar’s I-Pace or the Tesla Model X in a race, but when you are propelling around 2.5 tonnes of car it feels rapid, especially with instant torque on offer. When you get to a corner though, that mass does make itself known. The e-tron is around 350kg more than an I-Pace, itself no midget, and you can tell. Although the big Audi is much more controlled than Mercedes’ EQC there is still an awful lot of roll, to the point where you can at times feel it rolling the edge of the tyre over the rim a little.
That said, it manages to gather itself together incredibly well, the suspension handles the roll without collapsing into a heap (something the EQC can be accused of) and pulls you back into line reasonably quickly. Just don’t expect to be chucking this big SUV around for fun.
But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad car to drive – there are plenty of places to find enjoyment. Take the regen, which is less vicious than many, but still pretty intuitive to use, allowing you to pretty naturally lift and coast before driving. The intelligent drive is also impressive, reading the road ahead to bring the car to a halt with regen if it detects a junction or roundabout ahead. It means you can lift off before a set of lights and let the car gradually ramp up the regen until it has you at a stop just as you need to. Impressive.
On a cruise the e-tron is quiet (as you would expect from an EV), and its acoustic glass is excellent for removing excess wind noise and tyre roar. The ride is comfortable in pretty much all settings and a few hours down the motorway will pass with little stress.