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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-19-2019, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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What to Hate & Love about the 2020 Audi e-Tron?

The e-Tron isn't perfect and neither are its competitors like the Tesla Model X, Mercedes EQC and many others. At the same time it does many things well.

From everyone's experience so far, what are some key things to hate and/or love about it?

Starting this thread, here are my dislikes:
  • heavy
  • low range
  • mundane

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Dislikes:
low range
rear windows don't go down all the way.
no AM radio
loud pedestrian warning speaker at low speed sounds like a jet engine
limited charging stations.
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Likes:
Sound system is amazing.
air suspension with height adjustments
quattro all wheel drive system
looks better than the Tesla SUV
ability to heat/cool car from cell phone
ability to charge to 100% all the time (unlike Tesla)
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Its almost like Audi launched this e-Tron SUV as a soft launch, all to cater to Audi loyalists. A more well sorted electric SUV is desperately needed.
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Strongly dislike two issues with the wing cameras:
1. Location of screen too low, not a natural viewing position
2. Manual folding cumbersome

On the other hand, I like
1. Brightness of screen
2. Touch sensitivity to adjust both sides from driver screen

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Dislikes:
low range
rear windows don't go down all the way.
no AM radio
loud pedestrian warning speaker at low speed sounds like a jet engine
limited charging stations.
does not have one pedal driving. regenerative braking is much milder than the Tesla, which can accelerate and brake using just the accelerator pedal.
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Likes:
Sound system is amazing.
air suspension with height adjustments
quattro all wheel drive system
looks better than the Tesla SUV
ability to heat/cool car from cell phone
ability to charge to 100% all the time (unlike Tesla)
tons of power and immediate torque. Press the throttle and acceleration is instantaneous.
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Considering the dislikes some reported, which can be big motivators to shop elsewhere, how likely are you guys to trade in the e-Tron for something else?
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If we had it to do over....

My wife is the primary driver of the Audi. She chose it. (I wanted the Tesla Model S). We do like the eTron for daily driving. But if we had it to do all over again, we would NOT get the eTron for one reason: the range is the lowest of any comparable electric cars. Even the Jaguar has a higher range. 200 miles is just not a long enough range, especially given how difficult it is to find a convenient charging station and then find it unoccupied and then be able to spend 30 minutes charging. Yesterday I had a meeting that was 90 miles away (180 miles round trip) and my schedule was too tight to add in time for charging. So I decided not to take the eTron because I was too concerned that the 200 mile range that shows for a full charge would not have actually given me 200 actual miles due to the traffic conditions....so I ended up taking my 15 mpg Toyota Sequoia instead.
So...we are not going to trade in the eTron BUT I recommend that anyone considering an eTron should be aware that it is really only practical as a daily commute vehicle and not for any trips over 180 miles. The charging stations are nowhere near as prevalent or convenient as Tesla charging stations yet. We have yet to find an Electrify America charging station where we can use our free 1000 hours of charging that came with the car.
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Its almost like the e-Tron SUV was made to just test the waters and do nothing entirely serious for Audi's electric vehicle program.
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