The Audi E-Tron will land in the second quarter of 2019 in an increasingly crowded electric SUV segment. However, the main competitors will be the Tesla Model X and the Jaguar I-Pace. Both are outstanding vehicles and the German carmaker had to make sure that it can keep up with the competing SUVs from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. So far, it looks like Audi has made it and the E-Tron is a great entry into the EV world for the car manufacturer.
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Meanwhile, the in-car technology is operated with Audi's new MMI infotainment system. Like the system of the A7 and A8, it's a great update and a frustration-free experience. Even the air conditioners that use the second display (under the main display) are easy to use. With Audi's gearshift close to the system, you can rest your wrist on the case and quickly build up muscle memory to adjust the temperature
Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist are also new and are covered by the saloon line. I noticed that the centering on the E-Tron was a bit narrower than on the A8. However, this could be due to the well maintained roads around Abu Dhabi. They are much nicer than the roads around Big Sur on which I drove the Audi Sedan.
Another small update of the system is the capacitive touch detection, which detects whether your hands are on the steering wheel – a first for Audi. As long as I touched the wheel, I did not have to periodically move the steering (to generate a torque that could register the vehicle). So the system reminds you to put your hands back on the bike. It's a nice upgrade that should appeal to anyone who drives a lot of long-distance traffic (or stays in a traffic jam regularly).
One feature that I thought I would want more was the side cameras and displays that replace the system's side mirrors. They are not allowed on the streets of the US, so the chances of people experiencing them here are slim. The page display indicators are located in the top corner of the front doors just below where you would look with a conventional side mirror. To adjust the viewing angle, the driver's side is a touch screen that you tap and drag to move the virtual mirror. They're smooth, but after a day of using them, I'm not a real fan. As with anything new, you have to train your brain not to stare at the tiny cameras attached to the side of the car, and Instead, look down a few inches to see what the traffic around you is.
The problem is, unlike cars do a bit aerodynamically, it's not much value to add more displays and cameras to a car if a mirror does this same job. I liked the edge of the display glowing yellow when a car was behind me, but you could add that to a mirror.
If I get the car for a week, I might see a believer in a side camera and displays instead of mirrors. However, this is unlikely, as any car brought to the US may not have the system. And since they are not allowed in this country, my thoughts about their usefulness have no real impact on the car. I would have preferred a rear view camera like the one from Cadillacs and Chevy Bolt.
Aside from the crazy new side technology, the E-Tron is an outstanding Audi that happens to be electric. It has the usual Audi luxury and if you like the SUVs of the company you will like it. Probably more so because it's quiet, torque is high and charging fast means that if your city has the infrastructure (Charge America hopes to roll fast), you can charge fast on the go. The biggest disappointment is that we have to wait until the middle of next year.