2023 Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro (car review)

Essentially the entry level model to Audi’s EV range, the 2023 e-tron Sportback 55 quattro is anything but, offering quality craftsmanship and appointments. You’ll also find plenty of power and one of the best all-wheel drive setups around.

The e-tron Sportback 55 has a 95kW battery that delivers 265kW of power and 561Nm of torque in most of its driving modes. The exception is Dynamic, Audi’s equivalent of Sport mode, which unlocks a boost to 300kW and 664Nm.

Impressively, that puts it on target for a 0-100km/h sprint time of around 5.7 seconds. That’s seriously quick when you consider this thing tips the scales at 2,740kg. Taking corners is a breeze thanks to electric ride height adjustment and adjustable dampers.

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With quattro all-wheel drive that means going around a bend is a relatively sporty and fun experience. Audi have done a fantastic job of letting you know the weight is there, it just isn’t in your way.

For that matter, neither are the driver assist settings, with pretty much everything able to be dialled down when you want to do things a little more shall we say, spiritedly. It’s not all about performance here though.

2023 Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro
2023 Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro

The e-tron Sportback 55, which comes with S Line trim as standard, also comes will All Road, Off Road, Comfort, Efficiency, Auto and Individual drive modes, with each adjusting not just throttle output but ride height and suspension stiffness.

There is even hill descent control onboard for when you want to do a little adventuring. The brakes are ample too, meaning it stops and stops well. Possibly the most impressive thing about the e-tron though is the KERS regenerative power setup.

Unlike some of its cheaper rivals, which seem to do regenerative braking in a simple on and off fashion, Audi’s system makes its own calls based on driving conditions and adapts itself accordingly.

At times we found KERS decided not to engage so that we could coast, or if we were rolling up on another car with no throttle input, it would manage the gap accordingly using only the KERS system. It’s a super impressive setup, that feels genuinely polished.

Inside, the 2023 Audi e-tron Sportback 55 is astoundingly spacious, with plenty of room for up to five adults of any shape and size. The electric front seats feel sporty yet comfortable, with the added bonus of good lumbar support.

front seats
Inside the 2023 Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro

Seat height adjustment up front was super good too, and lends itself to take full advantage of the solid field of view through the glass house. Particularly impressive are the B-pillars, which don’t really impact your all around vision.

The buttons on the steering wheel feel premium and the ergonomic centre console layout, with a shifter and dual screen infotainment setup, works well. The e-tron features a tucked away wireless charging spot for your phone and USB-C ports for both rows of seats.

We found the standard sound system was okay out of the box, but good once you fiddled with a few settings. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay work well too, with minimal lag. The head-up display was visible in all lighting scenarios.

Almost everything is run from the two screens, which can be frustrating, but the Audi system makes a click sound every time you tap a virtual button, ensuring you don’t need to take your eyes off the road wondering if you turned the aircon down or up.

At this point you’re probably thinking we’re reviewing this car with rose coloured glasses, but it’s honestly hard to fault. Little nit-picky things include the fact that some functions require two clicks to activate, and that the rear window heater timer runs too short.

rear seats
Inside the 2023 Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro

EV range is good but not great, and we managed 350km out of Normal mode, and closer to 400km in Range mode. The claimed 446km in the latter seems like a bit of a stretch, but it might genuinely be achievable if you tried really, really hard.

The real sting though is the price. At just over $170,000 on road, without any added extras, that makes it genuinely expensive. It’s dearer than the equivalent BMW iX and Mercedes-Benz EQC too.

That said, if you have the means for a more expensive EV, then the 2023 Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro is a must to test drive. It’s sleek, comfortable, and genuinely enjoyable to drive. If you want more get up and go, there’s a Sportback S too.

To find out more, visit the Audi Australia website. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

Our test vehicle was provided by Audi Australia. To find out more about the 2023 Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro, contact your local Audi dealer.

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Inside the 2023 Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
7.5
Exterior styling
8
Interior look and feel
8
Technology and connectivity
8
Family friendliness
8
Value for money
7

SUMMARY

Pros - excellent style, both inside and out; refined; plenty of power for a base model.
Cons - expensive; claimed range could be a stretch; rear window heater timing.
Dylan Swan
Dylan Swan
IT specialist who loves all things adventure and anything with wheels. Someone who loves a challenge and saying yes to new opportunities.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> excellent style, both inside and out; refined; plenty of power for a base model.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> expensive; claimed range could be a stretch; rear window heater timing.2023 Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro (car review)