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Video: 2019 Audi A6 Gets Overall 5-Star Rating from Euro NCAP

The new Audi A6 has yet another reason to be revered by its customers as it received the highest possible rating from the Euro NCAP testing authority. The new sedan received an overall five-star rating and concluded that you’d be pretty safe in it in case things went sideways, and you needed all of its safety features at once.

For testing purposes, Euro NCAP used a left-hand drive 40 TDI model without the quattro system. Therefore, we’re looking at a front-wheel drive car, tipping the scale at 1,682 kilos (3,700 lbs). In terms of adult occupant protection, the A6 scored a 93 percent which is really high but understandable since the Audi comes with front airbags, side head, chest and pelvis airbags, as well as other safety systems as standard such as autonomous emergency braking.

In the Euro NCAP’s opinion, the passenger compartment of the A6 remained stable in the frontal offset test. Dummy readings showed good protection for the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger. Audi showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sitting in different positions. In the full-width rigid barrier test, seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters in the front and rear seats ensured adequate protection for the chest. Protection of other critical body areas was good.

In the side barrier test, protection of all critical body areas was good. In the more severe side pole impact, protection of the chest was rated as marginal, based on dummy readings of lateral rib compression. Protection of other parts of the body was good. Tests on the front seats and head restraints demonstrated good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.  A geometric assessment of the rear seats also indicated good whiplash protection.  The autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system performed well in tests of its functionality at the low speeds, typical of city driving, at which many whiplash injuries are caused.

The A6 has a ‘pop-up’ bonnet, for additional pedestrian protection. Sensors detect when a pedestrian has been hit and actuators lift the bonnet to provide greater clearance to the hard structures in the engine compartment. Audi showed that the system deployed robustly for different pedestrian statures and over a range of speed so the car was tested with the bonnet in the raised position.

Good or adequate results were recorded at almost all test locations. The bumper scored maximum points for its protection of pedestrian legs, with good results recorded at all test locations. Protection of the pelvis was mixed. The AEB system can detect vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. In tests of this functionality, the system performed well, with collisions avoided or mitigated in almost all tests.

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Audi e-tron Gets Amazon Alexa Integrated in the MMI System

Now that the veils are off the Audi e-tron, the company is starting to slowly roll out additional details about their flagship electric car. One of the big news that may interest prospective buyers is the fact that the e-tron will be the first Audi to have Amazon Alexa functionality integrated into the MMI infotainment system.

The news came today and it seems like the Germans put a lot of thought into this as the system works rather differently than it does on other cars from various other manufacturers. To use Alexa in the e-tron, you don’t need a special app installed on your phone. Audi has seamlessly integrated the Amazon voice service into the MMI system. All you have to do is link the car to your Amazon account. You can then activate the voice service via the onboard voice control system.

With Alexa on board, you can access many of the same features and services in the Audi e-tron that are available in your home or through other Alexa-enabled devices. You can check news, weather and sports scores, order groceries, add to your to-do list and stream music and audiobooks via Audible, Amazon Music and TuneIn. The wide variety of Alexa skills can also be accessed. And with smart home controls, you can lock the doors, turn off the lights, and close the garage door directly from the vehicle – all you need to do is ask.

The system is activated by saying ‘Alexa’ just like you’d do at home. After that, the LTE module in the MMI system establishes a connection via an Audi back-end and sends the queries to the Amazon servers. The content and information are played back through the car’s audio system. “The car as an intelligent conversationalist and digital voice services are nothing new to our customers,” explains Dr. Thomas M. Müller, Head of Electrics/Electronics of AUDI AG. “Integrating Alexa into our infotainment system was therefore the next logical step. We provide our customers with a consistent user experience, whether at home or on the road.”

According to Audi, this is just a first step in this direction. Following the launch of the Audi e-tron, the brand with the four rings will integrate Alexa into additional models in North America and most European countries as well.

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Audi to Supply Virgin Racing with e-tron FE05 for new Formula E Season

It looks like Formula E is the next big thing in terms of motorsport, as most traditional German car makers are entering the competition either with a standalone team or as suppliers. Audi announced today that they will be supplying the Virgin Racing team this upcoming season with their own Audi e-tron FE05 cars, including the powertrain.

This is, of course, on top of Audi having their own team line-up at the starting line this season, which is bound to kick off in Riyadh on December 15. The Audi e-tron FE05 is an evolution of a successful model. Its predecessor was the most efficient car in many races during the fourth season. It peaked mid-July in New York City when the factory team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler won the teams’ championship.

Audi e-tron FE04 #1 (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), Lucas di Grassi

“We are glad that in the new Formula E season together with Virgin Racing four Audi e-tron FE05 cars will fight for points and trophies,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “The team has been one of the key players in Formula E ever since the series was founded – both in terms of its racing performances and all off-track activities. This makes Virgin Racing’s choice of using our powertrain a particular pleasure. This confidence also confirms the excellent work that our engineers are doing together with their colleagues from our development partner Schaeffler.”

The centerpiece of the new Audi e-tron FE05, that Virgin Racing will also be using in the future, is the powertrain with the Audi Schaeffler MGU03 motor-generator unit. While the rest of the car is specified for all teams, the manufacturers demonstrate their technical expertise in the powertrain. The Formula E regulations require manufacturers to also make the complete car with its unique powertrain technology and related support available to other teams for a defined price.

This week, Virgin Racing takes delivery of the two new race cars for the 2018/2019 Formula E season at the Audi Sport base in Neuburg an der Donau. The new cooperation does not end with the handover of the race cars. An intensive exchange between the two teams will take place during the season in order to continuously increase the performance level.

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Audi Launches Its Own Subscription Program in Dallas: Audi Select

Audi announced today the launch of its brand new subscription program, Audi Select, in the Dallas area for now. Unlike BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the proposal from the four-ringed brand has one flat fee for the program, and doesn’t include various levels of exclusivity. Interested customers can pay $1,395 per month and get access to the perks of the program.

The subscription includes two vehicle swaps per month via concierge pick-up and delivery at dealerships in addition to a home delivery option. Insurance, maintenance, roadside assistance and unlimited mileage are also included, as well as two days of Silvercar rentals per month. Globally, Audi on demand offers mobility solutions in seven locations.

For now, the service is available solely in the Dallas-Forth Worth area and subscribers to Audi select receive access to Audi A4 sedan, A5 Cabriolet, Audi Q5 and Audi Q7 SUVs, and S5 Coupe for the set monthly price, plus two complimentary days of Silvercar rentals available at many major U.S. airports and cities for access to Audi vehicles when they travel.

“Audi is building an ecosystem that will allow consumers to access the brand how they want, when they want, and where they want,” said Scott Keogh, president, Audi of America. “Working closely with our dealer network in the Dallas area, Audi select is an important next step in offering customers premium mobility solutions with the options and flexibility that fit their lives.”

The cars on offer are all fitted with the Premium or Premium Plus packages. The Audi A4, S5 Cabriolet and Q5 are available with quattro and the 2-liter TFSI petrol engine while the Q7 comes with the 3-liter TFSI engine while the S5 Coupe models available for the service are all featuring the Prestige package.

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VIDEO: Audi RS4 Avant vs Porsche 911 GTS — Carwow test

The Audi RS4 Avant is one of the best all-around performance cars on the market. It’s not the fastest, best handling, most capable performance car on the road but it is very fast, handles very well, is incredibly capable and it can fit five adults and tons of luggage at the same time. So as daily performance cars go, it’s up there with the best of them. But what happens when a Jack of All Trades takes on a Master of One?

In this new video from Carwow, we see a series of tests between the Audi RS4 Avant and the Porsche 911 GTS.

The 911 GTS is a sports car through and through. It’s a thoroughbred race horse, designed to be fast and athletic and only fast and athletic. There’s no performance compromise in the name of practicality and/or everyday usability. So the idea of pitting the RS4 Avant, a four-door wagon, against a proper two-door sports car in a series of performance-metric tests seems a bit unfair at first. However, you’d be surprised at how well the RS4 holds its own and it really puts into perspective just how well-rounded the Audi is.

First up is a standing drag race. Both cars have twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engines, with the Audi sporting a 2.9 liter V6 and the Porsche a 3.0 liter flat-six. Both have 450 hp but the RS4 has a bit more torque. The Audi RS4 has Quattro all-wheel drive and the 911 GTS only has rear-wheel drive. Both cars get automatic gearboxes, the Audi an eight-speed ZF auto and the 911 a seven-speed dual-clutch.

Off the line, the Audi RS4’s all-wheel drive allows it to leap ahead of the Porsche with ease and gain a commanding lead. However, the 911’s lighter weight and slipperier shape allow it to eventually win the race by a hair, as both cross the quarter-mile mark in 12.1 seconds.

In a rolling drag race, where both cars are driving at the same speed, in automatic mode, and take off at the same time, the 911 dominates, due to its lighter weight. Also, the benefit of all-wheel drive is negated while on the move, as it’s only really helpful from a standstill.

During a 60-0 mph braking test, the 911 won again, as its lighter weight means less mass for its brakes to haul in. Also, no one really does brakes like Porsche.

So the Porsche 911 GTS wins every performance test, making it the overall winner. However, the Audi RS4 Avant was really close to the Porsche in almost every test, while still having a big back seat, a huge trunk and a lovely cabin. So it really shows the vast breadth of ability that the Audi RS4 has. As a sports car, the 911 is the better car, no question. But as a daily driver, it’s hard to pass on the Audi RS4 Avant. Especially because it’s almost half the price of the Porsche.

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INTERVIEW: Matthew Mostafaei — Audi e-tron & Connected Vehicle Manager

The Audi e-tron just made its official debut at few days ago in San Francisco but it’s still headline news across the automotive world, as it’s quite a big deal. The e-tron is the first-ever, all-electric vehicle from Audi and it has the specs and tech to rival the best in the business, if not become the absolute best EV SUV on the road.

During the reveal, Audi threw a lot of information at us all and there’s a lot to learn about the new e-tron. Though, there were still some questions we had, so we sat down with the Product Manager of the Audi e-tron and Audi’s Connected Vehicle Manager, Matthew Mostafaei to talk a little bit about the e-tron and to help answer some of our questions.

“The e-tron was just revealed here, tonight, in San Francisco, which is basically the home of innovation which is why we wanted to show it here. This car is so innovative, with its safety technologies, with its charging technologies, it’s bringing a lot of industry firsts that we haven’t seen from other electric vehicle manufacturers. So we wanted to show it here in the heart of disruption, which is San Francisco.” said Mostafaei.

And the e-tron is a surprisingly advanced car. It brings industry-first technologies such as Virtual Mirrors, which replace traditional side mirrors with high-definition cameras, and 150kW charging capabilities, which is significantly faster than anything else one the market.

Also, the Audi e-tron is an interesting car in the market because it doesn’t only compete with other electric SUVs. Audi specifically sized, priced and marketed the e-tron to be a competitor to every SUV in the segment, not just electric ones.

“We look at the e-tron, we look at it as a full-mid-size SUV. So what that means is that it fits right in the heart of the mid-size market, which is the hottest luxury market at this time. You also see other traditional competitors, like the Mercedes-Benz GLE, BMW X5, this is right in line, in terms of size, with those vehicles”. he said. “When we built this car, we built it as a mid-size SUV first and an electric vehicle second. Therefore, it’s meant to be the only car in your home if you want it to be.”

But why start with an SUV and not something more exciting, like a sport sedan or coupe, to excite the fanbase? Something like the Tesla Model 3 or Model S?

“When we look at the real heart of the luxury car segment in the U.S., we’re seeing that sedans are dwindling down a little bit and SUVs are more popular. So we wanted to make sure that we had a luxury SUV in the market, ready for the right customer.”

“Customers demand SUVs and that’s exactly what we’re giving to them.”

One of the big aspects of the e-tron Audi stressed during the reveal was its 150kW charging capabilities. That’s faster than the Tesla Model X’s 120kW and the Jaguar I-Pace’s 100kW. So we asked Mostafaei about that and what sort of difference it makes.

“The e-tron has an industry-leading 150kW charger. So what that means is, essentially, you’re able to stop on the side of the highway in the middle of a road trip and get up to an 80-percent charge in about thirty minutes.” he said. “Again, we have 150kW charging and the main reason for that is our really advanced cooling system. So we’re able to keep the battery in the optimum temperature range, so it’s able to charge at a peak 150kW but actually maintain that 150kW throughout the majority of the charge.”

That last bit is important, especially when compared to its competitors. For instance, not only does the Model X charge at only 120kW compared to the e-torn’s 150kW, but it can only do that for a short time, much shorter than the e-tron, due to heat and cooling, or lack thereof. That advanced cooling system and heat pump also helps the e-tron accelerate at peak performance for much, much longer, where a Tesla will cook its batteries after only a few consecutive runs.

One of the other big tech points Audi stressed about the e-tron is energy recuperation, it’s regenerative braking. All electric cars have it but the Audi e-tron gets different levels of it, making it more advanced than competitors.

“The regenerative braking is something that’s really exciting and interesting for the -tron, where we have of course manually-adjustable regenerative braking, so you can go into a full coast mode or you can choose two different levels”. We saw the Audi e-tron test its regen-braking on Pikes Peak and it was actually able to increase its battery range after heading down the famous mountain pass. “But also if you want, the car’s intelligent enough to take over and do full regen for you. So you can set the regen into automatic mode and it’ll determine, based on information [from] various sensors throughout the car and the navigation data, what the best times are, essentially, to regen.”

Though, if you were to show someone who doesn’t know the e-tron well, the first thing they might ask about is its Virtual Mirrors, which replace traditional mirrors for cameras on tiny little arms.

“This is really the first car launching with Virtual Mirrors as an option”, even if it’s not an option here in the U.S. market and Lexus technically beat Audi to the punch but only in Japan. Audi has put in an application to get them approved but no such luck as of yet. “It’s really a cool benefit that help the aerodynamics of the car and help boost the overall range of the vehicle.”

This is all very impressive but the one thing no one has really talked about is its autonomous driving aids. All Teslas sport Autopilot, a way to semi-drive the car without your hands or your feet on the steering wheel or pedals, respectively. In Europe, many new Audi models have Level 3 Autonomous, the most menaced system on the market at the moment, actually. But not here in the U.S.

“In the U.S, the e-tron is a Level 2 vehicle, so it’s a driver assistance vehicle.” he said. “It offers the ability to keep your lane, in stop & go traffic, and we have traffic jam assist in the vehicle”.

Now that the Audi e-tron has finally been revealed, showing off the brand’s first attempt at an electric car, what’s next for Audi?

“The e-tron is the first foray into electric cars but it’s the first of many. So we announced three cars that are debuting for 2020. We have the e-tron, the Sportback version of the e-tron and the e-tr0n GT.” said Mostafaei. “Beyond that, we’re also partnering with Electrify America, to leverage their charging network. So you’ll be able to take advantage of the full 150kWk charging network.”

Audi has also partnered with Amazon, to provide charging stations. “[Customers] will be able to leverage our partnership with Amazon to set up easy Level 2 charging in their garage” said Mostafaei. “It’s as easy as shopping on Amazon, it’s just one click and you’ll get an electrician coming to your house ready to go.”

The Audi e-tron is a seriously advanced electric car and one that has very typical German thoroughness in its design and technology. It seems as if the folks in Ingolstadt have thought of nearly everything and delivered a seriously well-rounded machine that could leap to the top of the pile of electric SUVs.

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SPIED: Facelifted Audi R8 Spyder with new… Face

By now, it’s no secret that the Audi R8 is going to die off in 2020. Thankfully, it might be replaced by an all-electric supercar inspired by the PB18 e-tron concept. Until then, though, the Audi R8 is still alive and kicking and one of the best looking, most exciting supercars on the planet, especially when you ditch the roof and let that screaming V10 fill your ears with noise. Since Ingolstadt is currently working on an update for the R8, a facelifted Audi R8 Spyder test mule has just been caught testing wearing a new, well, face. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)

In these new photos, we can see that the Audi R8 Spyder is going to get a new face, including a new grille, headlights and lower fascia, much like its Coupe sibling.

So the Singleframe grille will remain hexagonal, rather than moving to an octagonal shape like the Audi Q8 (which I just put two and two together and realized that the Q8 is the first Audi with an eight-sided grille… I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, I guess). However, the R8 Spyder’s new grille will be narrower than before, giving it a lower, more aggressive look.

Pre-Facelifted Audi R8 Spyder

It also gets new front air intakes below the headlights, which are now separated from the headlights. On the pre-facelift car, the headlights are connected to those intakes. That, in combination with the new grille, gives the nose of the Audi R8 Spyder a much lower look.

If you look at the new car in profile, in the pictures linked above and below, it seems as if the front end swoops down lower than before. While we don’t have any official confirmation or measurements, visually it looks lower than the pre-facelift car. That’s been on of the complaints about the second-gen Audi R8, that it doesn’t give drivers that mid-engine look and feel from inside the cockpit because the nose is so high. So lowering it should remedy that and give it a better look and feel. We’ll see for sure when Audi finally reveals the facelifted R8.

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By the Numbers: Audi e-tron vs Tesla Model X 75D

When the Audi e-tron goes on sale in early 2019, it will really only have one major competitor — the Tesla Model X 75D. The BMW iX3 won’t be out for awhile and the Mercedes EQC is even further away. So if you want a fully-electric SUV, it really only comes down to the e-tron and Model X. So we thought it would be an interesting idea to compare the specs of both cars and see which has the edge on paper.

Performance

So let’s start with the fun stuff. The Audi e-tron, it must be said, hasn’t had its EPA testing finished for U.S.-market cars, so official numbers will vary. However, there are some preliminary numbers that we can go by and they’re accurate enough to make a comparison. Packing two electric motors, powered by a 95 kWh battery pack, the e-tron makes about 355 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. There will be a boost mode of sorts that will boost power, temporarily, to 402 hp and 489 lb-ft. With boost mode active, the e-tron is capable of 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds.

As for its competitor, the Tesla Model X 75D uses a 75 kWh battery pack and two electric motors to make 328 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque. Tesla claims that it can get from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds, though the last Motor Trend test of the Model X 75D clocks it at 5.5 seconds. There may have been software updates since then to make it launch faster. So we’ll just take Tesla at its word. That makes the Model X a bit faster than the Audi e-tron.

Though, the e-tron has a bit of an advantage, as it can do that 0-60 mph run more times in a row, and drive hard for longer, without any dip in performance. Thanks to an advanced cooling system with a heat pump to remove as much heat from the batteries as possible, the e-tron’s batteries stay nice and cool during performance driving, even in high temperatures and at elevation. The Model X lacks such a heat pump and therefor suffers performance losses due to heat after consecutive runs. So Tesla is faster a few times but the e-tron can hang for longer.

Winner: Tie

Range/Charging

While performance is fun to talk about, it’s all about range and charge times with EVs. So this is where these two cars are really going to compete.

The Audi e-tron uses its aforementioned 95 kWh battery pack to get about 245 miles of range. Though, it again must be said that the EPA hasn’t finished testing the e-tron in the U.S., so that number might vary for American-market cars. However, on the very strict WLTP (Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure), it was able to achieve 245 miles. The e-tron is also capable of 150 kW charging.

On the flip side, the Tesla Model X 75D packs its 75 kWh battery, giving it a claimed 237 miles of range (EPA rated). That’s not too far off the e-tron’s WLTP-rated range and because there may be some minor differences between the two ratings, we’ll call that a wash. However, one area where the e-tron has the Tesla beat is in charging. The Model X 75D is only capable of 120 kW charging, which is still impressive but not as good as the e-tron’s.

Winner: Audi 

Price/Equipment

One of the most impressive aspects of the Audi e-tron is its price. With a starting price of $74,800, it undercuts a lot of luxury SUVs and packs a ton of technology and options. On top of its impressive powertrain and advanced cooling system, the e-tron has a ton of standard equipment. Leather, heated front seats with ventilation are as-standard for the “Premium Plus” trim e-tron, as are Matrix LED headlights, a Bang & Olufsen surround sound system, MMI Touch Response with Virtual Cockpit and a surround view camera.

Stepping up to the “Presitge” trim costs $81,800 but buys you a Driver Assistance Package (Audi’s Level 3 Autonomy isn’t available in the U.S. yet), a Head-Up Display, contour seats with Valcona leather, massaging front seats and soft-close doors. And all of this is before any sort of government tax incentives or discounts.

While the Model X 75D starts at $83,000. On Tesla’s website, it claims that it starts at $71,300, which would undercut the e-tron, but that’s because they factor in the $7,500 federal tax credit for buying an electric car, along with an estimated $5,400 gas savings. If you get rid of those two deductions, which Audi hasn’t added, the M0del X costs $83,000 before destination fees.

As-standard, the Model X 75D gets you some nice goodies, such as 20-inch wheels, a cold weather package, air suspension and over-the-air software updates.

However, it lacks LED headlights, a surround-view camera or an upgraded sound system, all of which are as-standard on the cheaper e-tron. In fact, the loaded “Prestige” Audi e-tron with every option ticked is only a few thousand dollars more than the base Model X 75D.

Winner (Overall): Audi

On paper, the Audi e-tron seems to be the better deal than the equivalent Tesla Model X 75D. Obviously, there are other Model X variants that pack more power, more range and more options but they’re a lot more expensive, with the top-end Model X P100D costing $140,000 before incentives. So while Audi is a bit late to the party, the car it’s brought is seriously impressive and could be the best electric SUV on the market for some time. The Tesla Model X 75D is a great electric SUV and one that sort of pioneered the segment but the e-tron seems to be just a bit better overall.

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Audi Sport e-tron GT Concept to debut at L.A. Auto Show

Audi just finished taking the wrapping off of its e-tron SUV, the brand’s first-ever electric car. It seems as if that was just the beginning, though, and now the brand is moving quickly. In a recent article from The Drive, it’s said that the Audi Sport e-tron GT will be making its debut at the L.A. Auto Show come November.

So only a couple of months after launching the Audi e-tron, the four-ringed brand will be launching yet another electric car. After reaching out to a source at Audi, we were told that this Audi Sport e-tron GT is just going to be a concept car and no word on how close it is to production.

According to The Drive, the Audi Sport e-tron GT will eventually become a production car, one built on the same platform as the Porsche Taycan, which is a bespoke platform at the moment, not shared with any other VW Group car.

While no specs have been released, the Porsche Taycan makes 600 hp from its twin electric motors and, thanks to 800-volt charging, it can charge 250 miles worth of range in 15 minutes.

We don’t have any confirmation of whether or not this is going to be a standard Audi product or an Audi Sport product. The Drive is calling it an Audi Sport but we don’t have any official confirmation on that. Although, it’s said that it will be built in the same factory as the Audi R8, so it’s possible that it will be an Audi Sport car.

As a car, the Audi Sport e-tron GT will be a four-door, all-electric Sportback, similar in size, performance and body style to the Audi RS7. If that’s the case, it’s the perfect follow up to the e-tron SUV, which is a sensible, practical and affordable (relatively) SUV. That’s all that’s known as of right now but we’ll find out more as the L.A. Auto Show approaches.

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Audi e-tron Online Configurator goes live

When Audi revealed the e-tron just a couple of days ago, reservations were already being taken. Prior to the unveiling, Audi had let some select existing customers and VIPs take reservations before the rest of the public but after the official reveal, the public had access. Since then, there have been many, many $1,000 reservations taken for the Audi e-tron, as it’s a car that many people seem to want. If you want one, you might be interested to know that the e-tron’s online configurator is now live at AudiUSA.com.

One of the biggest selling points for the new Audi e-tron is that it’s relatively cheap. While a starting price of $74,800 isn’t exactly chump change, it’s almost $10,000 less expensive than the rival Tesla Model X 75D, which before incentives costs $83,000. Plus, the e-tron is seriously well-equipped as-standard.

The base trim level is “Premium Plus”, so it already comes pretty loaded. Equipment such as heated and ventilated seats, Matrix LED headlights, top-view 3D camera and a Bang & Olufsen are all as-standard. Unfortunately, the only no-cost paint color is Brilliant Black. Still, every other paint option is $595, which is dirt cheap.

If you bump up to the “Prestige” trim, for $81,800, you get Audi’s advanced Drive Assistant Package, a Head-Up Display, Individual Counter seats with Valcona leather and massage function and soft close doors. Aside from the nicer seats, I honestly don’t see much of a reason to upgrade. The standard Premium Plus model is plenty well equipped for 99-percent of customers. Though, if you want upgraded wheels, you do have to splurge for Prestige trim.

So the Audi e-tron is a surprisingly good value, as it brings a ton of technology, an advanced electric powertrain, the fastest charging capabilities of any electric car and some really good looks and practicality, all for less money than its main rival. Hell, a fully-equipped Audi e-tron is less money than a base model Tesla Model X.

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