There aren’t many electric SUVs on the market, but the ones that exist are all pretty darn good. That’s certainly the case with the Audi e-tron, which boasts a smooth ride, impeccable cabin materials and plenty of premium features among its positive attributes. Audi is further enhancing the e-tron’s appeal for 2022 with a new performance-oriented e-tron S trim level.
The e-tron S has an additional motor, bringing the total to three for this all-wheel-drive SUV. Combined output is 429 horsepower, which can be temporarily increased to 496 hp. Audi estimates that the e-tron S can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds using launch control. (The standard 355-hp model does 0-60 mph in as little as 5.5 seconds.)
If you’re tired of being smoked by Teslas at a freeway on-ramp, the e-tron S might justify its considerable price increase over the regular e-tron. But there’s still the issue of the e-tron’s range, which falls short of expectations. Check out our test team’s Expert Rating for a full rundown of the e-tron’s hits and misses.