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...but I didn't!
Just picked up a 2019 Audi E-Tron Prestige (CPO). No regrets canceling my Model Y order, which I did while signing paper-work at the dealer today. It's the sort of beige/white color (Siam Beige Metallic) and Pearl Beige interior. Looks a bit more grayish in person. Only had ~2,500 miles. Great condition, solid price, I like it.
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Welcome to the forum @omegafiler! What made you decide to go with the e-tron over the Model Y?
Thanks! I posted something similar in another thread.

I spent a lot of time doing test drives, looking at current deliveries, and following the forums. Even after all of the experience Tesla has with manufacturing, they were still pushing out vehicles with unacceptable QC issues. Panel fitment, misaligned lights, scratches, dust under paint, grease stains on the interior, uneven seats, etc. Not to mention excessive wind/road-noise, and squeaks/rattles. You get the idea, the list goes on.

Tesla was still my first choice. Big fan of what they're doing for electric vehicles, great EV tech, range, performance, and charging network. But unfortunately, they are more interested in quantity vs quality, and I felt I wouldn't be happy dealing with all of those issues. Certainly not at this price range.

And once I test drove the Audi, it's a night/day difference in quality, engineering, comfort, tech feature, and quietness. No plans on taking long trips anytime soon, so I decided to jump on it. We'll see how it goes, but so far, no major complaints. ;)
 

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...but I didn't!
Just picked up a 2019 Audi E-Tron Prestige (CPO). No regrets canceling my Model Y order, which I did while signing paper-work at the dealer today. It's the sort of beige/white color (Siam Beige Metallic) and Pearl Beige interior. Looks a bit more grayish in person. Only had ~2,500 miles. Great condition, solid price, I like it.
Would you be willing to tell us what you paid and the MSRP? I'm shopping now and it helps to have real life sales data instead of just going by KBB or edmunds.
 

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I've driven from the San Francisco bay area to Los Angeles and back (~350m one way). If you consider that a "long trip", the e-tron is very capable of it.
 

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Would you be willing to tell us what you paid and the MSRP? I'm shopping now and it helps to have real life sales data instead of just going by KBB or edmunds.
Sure. It's a loaded Prestige model, it sold for ~$83k new about a year ago. I paid ~$58k with CPO, with about ~2,500 miles. That's in TX. Prices do tend to vary regionally.
 

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Great to see your post and photos...I test drove my first e-tron today. It is so much nicer than Tesla as far as features and build quality. It feels and sounds like a bank vault. I guess my struggle with moving forward with it is what appears to be lack of software updates or at least anything significant. I feel the optimizations they did in Europe to theirs they could bring here, but Audi USA doesn’t seem interested in that continual evolution. I’m in Texas also and also looking at a CPO. You’re right the prices are great and seem a good value. I just wish over time they would not abandon owners. I get it hardware upgrades are one thing...but little OTA updates improving things would go a long way in developing the same fan base Tesla enjoys.

Now several days later...are you still happy and confident in your choice? You car looks beautifu!
 

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Great to see your post and photos...I test drove my first e-tron today. It is so much nicer than Tesla as far as features and build quality. It feels and sounds like a bank vault. I guess my struggle with moving forward with it is what appears to be lack of software updates or at least anything significant. I feel the optimizations they did in Europe to theirs they could bring here, but Audi USA doesn’t seem interested in that continual evolution. I’m in Texas also and also looking at a CPO. You’re right the prices are great and seem a good value. I just wish over time they would not abandon owners. I get it hardware upgrades are one thing...but little OTA updates improving things would go a long way in developing the same fan base Tesla enjoys.

Now several days later...are you still happy and confident in your choice? You car looks beautifu!
Thanks! And agreed. They do seem to release regular software updates, but it's mostly minor stuff, bug fixes, etc. The dealer said there is another one in a few months, but didn't mention what was included. Unfortunate that it requires a physical dealer visit, but not a big deal if they are meaningful.

I have an open case with Audi Customer Service regarding whether or not a "major" update, such as range increase via allowing more use of the battery, will come to the older model years. They're checking with the appropriate team. Unless there are physical changes, that stuff needs to happen retroactively. They can't stick to the old ways where you have to buy a new car to get newer software-based updates. Tesla set that bar, others are following, and Audi needs to do the same, or get left behind. Tech simply moves too fast, especially in an EV.

The E-Tron will be my first Audi and EV, so it's a bit of a trial. If they do abandon previous model years, it'll still be a great vehicle for a few years. But that would guarantee my next vehicle, would not be an Audi. Which would be a shame, as to answer your question, I otherwise really do like the vehicle the more I drive it. It's like a luxury tank with everything you could want, and more. If Tesla were even at a half the build quality of Audi, they'd be unstoppable.

But that's enough words for this post, here are some more random pics after some tint. ;) 30% on the front, 15% everywhere else, including sunroof.


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It seems I am following in your footsteps. I totally concur with what you mentioned. I want others companies to succeed in the electric space, and after 8 years of Tesla...they MUST get with the program To do so. This stuck in the ICE age thinking...it has got to go away (ha, I never thought of that sounding so funny and appropriate).

I hope you hear back from Audi regarding the ticket you opened. It seems to me there are a lot of little software tweaks they could release to improve the experience. The releasing of battery usage/not ‘saving it’ increased range...that was shared in Europe and made a small difference. At the end of the day, software updates or not...it’s about being there for your customers...both new and old.

Post like yours and others have me leaning to the e-Tron for sure. I so appreciate you taking the time! Btw, great tint. I was wondering what percentage looks best up front to match the rest!
 

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It seems I am following in your footsteps. I totally concur with what you mentioned. I want others companies to succeed in the electric space, and after 8 years of Tesla...they MUST get with the program To do so. This stuck in the ICE age thinking...it has got to go away (ha, I never thought of that sounding so funny and appropriate).

I hope you hear back from Audi regarding the ticket you opened. It seems to me there are a lot of little software tweaks they could release to improve the experience. The releasing of battery usage/not ‘saving it’ increased range...that was shared in Europe and made a small difference. At the end of the day, software updates or not...it’s about being there for your customers...both new and old.

Post like yours and others have me leaning to the e-Tron for sure. I so appreciate you taking the time! Btw, great tint. I was wondering what percentage looks best up front to match the rest!
Yep! If manufacturers want loyalty, they need to earn it. Anybody can create a catchy marketing slogan, but if they can't follow through, they'll eventually fail.

As for the tint, if you're looking for a match, and staying legal, you'll probably just want ~30% on the front, to match the factory privacy glass. That's how it came from the dealer in the original pictures. I replaced that tint with a better quality ceramic tint so it would color match the rest and provide better heat rejection. Which is a must in Texas. 15% over privacy glass definitely makes the rest darker, but that's how I prefer it. Especially for the sunroof. Which is already an even darker privacy glass, probably closer to 5% stock. But now I can leave the shade open during the summertime and not burn myself. hah. In either case, you can still see out of them at night, just perhaps not as well as before if there is little external light.

Besides, there are enough cameras and sensors, who needs to see out of windows? ;)
 

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Again, like you, this will be my first EV and Audi. Your information and experience is awesome! Thanks for the tint education. I’m in Dallas so the sun and heat get to me too. I will definitely be doing the front windows...trying to match the rest. Great idea with the ceramic. I wonder if Audi is like Tesla...the glass is dyed but does not provide UV protection or heat rejection? If so I’ll do the whole car and go with the lightest ceramic on sides, hatch and top. I’ve even heard of doing it on front...and from a bit of study it can be legal, and still work with the HUD.

Did I mention the car I’m looking at...I think it’s just like yours except for it being typhoon gray. Both colors look great and the Prestige with its bells and whistles are fun. Here’s a pic at the dealer...
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Again, like you, this will be my first EV and Audi. Your information and experience is awesome! Thanks for the tint education. I’m in Dallas so the sun and heat get to me too. I will definitely be doing the front windows...trying to match the rest. Great idea with the ceramic. I wonder if Audi is like Tesla...the glass is dyed but does not provide UV protection or heat rejection? If so I’ll do the whole car and go with the lightest ceramic on sides, hatch and top. I’ve even heard of doing it on front...and from a bit of study it can be legal, and still work with the HUD.

Did I mention the car I’m looking at...I think it’s just like yours except for it being typhoon gray. Both colors look great and the Prestige with its bells and whistles are fun. Here’s a pic at the dealer...

What has pleasantly surprised you most?
Yep, that is very similar! Mine is Siam Beige Metallic, but it looks gray in certain lighting. I know there are a lot of gray cars out there, but these colors are unique enough, at least to me. That color is quite nice.

With the tint, most professionals won't recommend the front windows anymore. The guy who did mine actually said Audi has even told them not to do it, so he wouldn't touch it. When they apply the tint, they have to use a lot of liquid, which can drip behind the dash and get into the electronics. That includes most high-tech vehicles, including Tesla.

Speaking of Tesla, he noted many won't do the glass roof because if you apply too much pressure, they can break. No problem with the pano roof on the E-Tron; worked perfectly. I'm not sure what Audi does, but most privacy glass is just a tint, maybe some UV protection. Based on how the 105-degree heat felt on my skin through the privacy glass, I'd say wasn't doing a whole lot.

I like a ton of things about the Audi, as some are big, some are small, but the cumulative effect is one great vehicle. If I had to pick one, the most pleasant surprise is the way it drives. You'll notice many folks use "like a tank" to describe it. And that's because of a super well-built chassis. It's very solid, no flex, and makes the vehicle feel great to drive. Combined with a well-tuned air suspension and it's a real joy in any situation.

It's things like that which separate vehicles that look like a luxury vehicle on the surface, but under the shiny sheet metal and fake wood trim, it's nothing but cost-cutting and budget materials. That was a big reason why I sold my Genesis G80 and why Tesla, in my mind, is not a luxury vehicle. They may check a lot of the usual "luxury" boxes, win a ton of media praise during their short-term drives, and look great. But after you own it, you start to notice how the chassis moves around, things creak, rattle, pop, and so on.

And to be fair, many people don't notice or care about that sort of thing. But I've literally sold vehicles entirely because they made noises. It's been an expensive condition I seem to have. Hah.
 

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Yep, that is very similar! Mine is Siam Beige Metallic, but it looks gray in certain lighting. I know there are a lot of gray cars out there, but these colors are unique enough, at least to me. That color is quite nice.

With the tint, most professionals won't recommend the front windows anymore. The guy who did mine actually said Audi has even told them not to do it, so he wouldn't touch it. When they apply the tint, they have to use a lot of liquid, which can drip behind the dash and get into the electronics. That includes most high-tech vehicles, including Tesla.

Speaking of Tesla, he noted many won't do the glass roof because if you apply too much pressure, they can break. No problem with the pano roof on the E-Tron; worked perfectly. I'm not sure what Audi does, but most privacy glass is just a tint, maybe some UV protection. Based on how the 105-degree heat felt on my skin through the privacy glass, I'd say wasn't doing a whole lot.

I like a ton of things about the Audi, as some are big, some are small, but the cumulative effect is one great vehicle. If I had to pick one, the most pleasant surprise is the way it drives. You'll notice many folks use "like a tank" to describe it. And that's because of a super well-built chassis. It's very solid, no flex, and makes the vehicle feel great to drive. Combined with a well-tuned air suspension and it's a real joy in any situation.

It's things like that which separate vehicles that look like a luxury vehicle on the surface, but under the shiny sheet metal and fake wood trim, it's nothing but cost-cutting and budget materials. That was a big reason why I sold my Genesis G80 and why Tesla, in my mind, is not a luxury vehicle. They may check a lot of the usual "luxury" boxes, win a ton of media praise during their short-term drives, and look great. But after you own it, you start to notice how the chassis moves around, things creak, rattle, pop, and so on.

And to be fair, many people don't notice or care about that sort of thing. But I've literally sold vehicles entirely because they made noises. It's been an expensive condition I seem to have. Hah.
Hi! As for the SIAM BEIGE color, could you please help? Is it more beige or grey? Is it different to the Vicuna beige? On some photos it looks like Porsche Crayon. Thank you very much in advance
 

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Hi! As for the SIAM BEIGE color, could you please help? Is it more beige or grey? Is it different to the Vicuna beige? On some photos it looks like Porsche Crayon. Thank you very much in advance
I would say in the sunlight, it looks like a light-colored beige. The sunny pictures above are fairly close.

Here is another picture in the shade, which definitely looks more light grey.

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As usual, these unique colors always look better in person. I've already had a few compliments on it.
 

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I hope you hear back from Audi regarding the ticket you opened. It seems to me there are a lot of little software tweaks they could release to improve the experience. The releasing of battery usage/not ‘saving it’ increased range...that was shared in Europe and made a small difference. At the end of the day, software updates or not...it’s about being there for your customers...both new and old.
FYI - I just heard back from Audi Customer Service. As expected, they didn't provide a definitive response or ETA. However, they didn't say "no." In fact, per the Audi engineering team, they are supposedly working on bringing that battery capacity (and range) update to the older models.

I'm sure there is plenty of testing and red tape they need to go through first, and it may never happen. But that's something I'm going to be watching closely.

Feel free to voice your concerns around that and other general software updates directly to Audi. I'm sure the more feedback they get, the more likely it will happen. Both previous, current, and future owners should have an interest.

 

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I would say in the sunlight, it looks like a light-colored beige. The sunny pictures above are fairly close.

Here is another picture in the shade, which definitely looks more light grey.

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As usual, these unique colors always look better in person. I've already had a few compliments on it.
Thanx a lot mate! I planning to order SQ8 with black optics package + carbon package with cognac brown interior and thinking about color. Thinking of SIAM BEIGE
 
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