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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2021 Audi e-tron Sportback quattro

Vehicle Type: SUV/Minivan Electric
 overall score
Category Ranking: 3

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $69,100
Price as Tested: $90,640

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Electricity
120V Charge Time: 3.3 miles per hour
240V Charge Time: 21.8 miles per hour
DC Fast Charger: 0% to 80% in 30 minutes
EPA City MPGe76
EPA Highway MPGe78
EPA Combined MPGe77
EPA-Est. Electric Range (mi): 218

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional
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Overall Observations

Can a single model be muscular, stylish, and smart? When it’s the Audi e-tron Sportback, the answer is definitely yes. For starters, the midsize Sportback has athletic lines reminiscent of a traditional European sports sedan. A dual-motor all-electric powertrain (402 hp) and all-wheel drive provide the performance to back up those dynamic good looks. Acceleration is strong, and the standard adjustable air suspension’s balance of a smooth ride and responsive handling is above reproach. Standout "smart" elements include a strong complement of advanced safety features, DC fast-charging capability, 4-zone automatic climate control, and available high-tech LED headlights and cornering lights that use more than a million micromirrors each to light the way around corners. The roomy passenger cabin straddles the line between sleek and sumptuous, with a clean design and posh materials like quilted leather upholstery. Comfort is another hallmark, from heated and ventilated front seats to a remarkably hushed ambience. Downsides are few but not insignificant: an unimpressive driving range (218 miles), a difficult-to-use infotainment interface, some interior fitments that lack a premium feel, and pricey options packages ($16,000) and overall price ($90,640)
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Stylish inside and out
  • Spacious interior
  • Quiet ride/drivetrain
  • Lots of standardtechnology features

Weak Points

  • 218-mile EV range
  • Difficult-to-useinfotainment interface
  • Refined interior has a fewcheap materials

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2021
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 5840.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 193.0 / 76.2 / 65.5
Wheelbase (in): 115.3
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 48/50,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Continental CrossContact
Front and rear tire size: 265/45 R21
Max towing capacity (lbs): 4000
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 1-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: Dual asynchronous motors
Electric motor horsepower: 402

Test Data

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