The Sportback gets the coupe style roofline as well as the marginally better 0.26 Cd, but either is roomy and practical says Audi – roomy enough to rival cars in the full-size SUV class, it claims. Both e-tron and e-tron Sportback get a (standard) powered tailgate opening on to a boot of between 520 and 1,490 litres with the back seats down, and only slightly less in the more sportily styled model.
Performance? Do not expect fireworks from the 170PS entry model – 0-62mph takes 9.0 seconds – but the top dual-motor variant is brisker with 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds and a 111mph top speed – the lesser versions are restricted to 99mph. Note that unless you go for the big battery, the entry model’s range is 208 miles on a full charge.
In the dual-motor models it is the rear motor that does most of the work, with the front firing up only when needed. The degree of energy recuperation is variable and at its maximum can see the rear motor decelerating the car by 0.3g and generating 145kW of power, for the kind of one-pedal motoring that makes the most of an electric car’s range.