Audis charging performance wins.
Drag races are great, but they have nothing to do with real-world driving. A true EV race should tackle a long road trip, and that's exactly what we have here.
Yes, I have a 2019 e tron, and my decision to pull the trigger was based on the range being "just enough". Hopefully, you have factored in the roughly 10% inherent battery range loss in cold weather (still quite reliable car to car, and possibly the industry best). Tack onto that another 10 to 15% loss due to cabin conditioning.I looked at Tesla several times over the past 4 years - first the Model S then the 3 and Y. Each time I approached the test drive with the mindset that I was finally going to pull the trigger and each time I couldn't bring myself to order something that poorly assembled and found their UI nice in the showroom but not so great on the road. I balked on the E Tron in 2019 due to the EPA range, where I live range matters. The range concern was largely due to the significant difference my friends who owned Teslas were getting in the real world compared to the EPA rating. After consuming all of the information I could find online I realized the delta between the E Tron and Model Y is not as great in the real world as it would appear. Happily, I recently park a Prestige Sportback in my garage 3 weeks ago and at this point couldn't be more pleased.
Yep, the Tesla service center insisted on the same claims when I test drove the Model 3 and Model S last year. He tried to claim that the Model 3 was one of the quietest cars on the road. In my opinion, the Model 3 is just obnoxiously loud and too stiff of a ride to be a good daily driver. Maybe it'd be okay on perfect roads, but that's not something we have where I live. The Model S was quite a bit better, but was no quieter than my A4 I had at the time. And, the e-tron SUV is just another level of quiet and comfort.That cabin noise was horrible, and the sheer number of people who tried to convince me it was because the engine was so quiet that I could hear the tires now… let’s just say, facepalm. Poor mechanical / tech service here in Denmark, going back multiple times for some issues (only one of which was ranger-friendly). A nice but not luxurious feeling in the cabin. Poor ride quality, relatively speaking.
I test drove a Y a few weeks ago. It’s head and shoulders better than the X in terms of noise, but yeah, also quite a stiff ride, and not very pleasant. The rep told me the 3 was also decent for noise with recent improvements, but not as quiet as the Y.Yep, the Tesla service center insisted on the same claims when I test drove the Model 3 and Model S last year. He tried to claim that the Model 3 was one of the quietest cars on the road. In my opinion, the Model 3 is just obnoxiously loud and too stiff of a ride to be a good daily driver. Maybe it'd be okay on perfect roads, but that's not something we have where I live. The Model S was quite a bit better, but was no quieter than my A4 I had at the time. And, the e-tron SUV is just another level of quiet and comfort.
Well, for shits and giggles this summer, I signed up for Turo to rent and test drive a single-motor Model 3 with my brother in California for a 4 hour road trip. At 75 mph, “tire noise” in the cabin was so loud it felt as if I was whisked back to driving a (no offense) 1999 Honda Civic that just so happened to be electric. Though the ‘forward thinking’ minimalist design of the interior was refreshing for the first hour or so, the road noise kept me homesick thinking about how pleasant our e-tron is back home (NYC). Audi has officially won me over with their approach on design based on the in-cabin aeroacoustics. That may sound frou-frou, but it’s kind of like the feeling you get when you discover wearing noise cancellation headphones for the duration a very long flight for the first time.We'll take that as a maybe then.
You might be pleased with how the etron handles regeneration, plus it might actually make you a believer in paddle shifters. Myself, I think Audi has finally found something useful for paddle shifters to do. The Tesla, which has a totally mechanical brake, handles all acceleration and deceleration by pressing and lifting on the throttle pedal (meaning you right foot is ALWAYS glued to the throttle pedal). That is pretty much how Tesla is designed to let you drive. Unlike Tesla, the Audi Etron allows the regen (slowing ability) to be transferred between the brake pedal and the throttle pedal. When you first start to press the brake pedal the car uses regen to slow you down. The mechanical brake engages ONLY when you do a full hard press on the brake pedal. The paddle shifters allow you to transfer a percentage of the regen between the brake and throttle pedal.As a very old (I learned to drive on a three on a tree) gearhead, I never thought I'd own an EV period. I have driven the Telsa Model S (other than it takes of fast it made me think it was worth maybe 20K since it is built like a Yugo, a EQS580 (nice place to be but ugly on the outside look like half a nut and those massive screens would have me driving it off a cliff in the first week. The Taycan Turbo S very fast handles well but too many screens and the menu's drove me nuts. The E-Tron GT is perfect because from what I see in print and video (I have never seen one in person) it appears to be like an ICE car which this old gearhead can accept. I will always prefer my ICE cars (just like I'd rather drive a gearshift 430 than a paddle shift F8 and I do), but I hope to add a few EV's to the list (the next cayman is supposed to be an EV) as time goes on. I am a dinosaur is many (I think music ended when Jerry died) ways and it took car # 493 to get me in an EV.