The e-tron looks like any other Audi SUV at a glance, which is a good thing: no one wants to scare the horses away from the brave new world of EVs by giving them outlandish design. There is a funky LED bar running the width of the rear as a taillight, and a cool orange-orange-framed E-tron badge, plus spanky new wheels and the option to replace the wing mirrors with cameras the relay the image onto the inside of the doors. Now that is super cool. But if you don’t go for that, you look pretty standard.
Inside, the interior is updated with two big screens, one of which will tell you how much battery charge you have left and how much you could save if you did things like turn off the A/C.
The charging leads are kept in a plastic tray under the bonnet: simply choose your weapon of choice (domestic lead and plug or public), push what looks like a fuel cap by the driver’s door which then slides down to reveal the socket, plug in, lock your car and away you go. It’s incredibly easy.
Other tech includes all the usual Audi satnav and media systems which are very good; these are all accessed via touchscreen graphics.
One small but stylish development is the automatic gear-lever which is a short slither of metal and leather; it forms a major touchpoint for drivers, often overlooked.