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2022 Audi E-Tron S Sportback Review: E-Strong

Derryn Wong
30/03/2022

Back to Page 2: Audi’s first electric S car – how does it drive?

2022 Audi E-Tron S Sportback review - CarBuyer Singapore - charging port and wheel

Charging remains the same as the normal E-Tron, which is decent by modern standards, and the battery capacity is identical. The S is rated for marginally higher consumption according to its LTA-approved figures – 26kWh/100km compared to the normal E-Tron 55 at 23.2kWh.100km but over the course of our 200km with the car, we cleaved close to the claimed figures – 26.2kWh/100km, which would deliver around 330km on one charge. 

It’s certainly not as efficient as the new EV range champ, the BMW i4, but it’s a high-performance EV so we didn’t expect it to. But it’s not bad, considering the extra weight and fast driving for very scientific test purposes. 

Paying the cost to be e-boss 

2022 Audi E-Tron S Sportback review - CarBuyer Singapore - rear taillight

With the recent ARF bump, the E-Tron S isn’t cheap ringing in at almost S$482k with COE and VES included – compare that to the S$350k-ish for the regular E-Tron Sportback 50. But if you do look at the typical premium for an S car (Audi A3 S$190k vs S3 S$290k, Audi Q5 S$292k, SQ5 S$387k) it’s really not that far off. 

There is also another price to pay for e-performance: Road tax. Since the LTA simply lumps all the motor outputs together instead of the actual output itself  you pay more for road tax – S$6,146 per annum, instead of the ‘actual’ road tax for a 370kW EV, at S$5,051. In contrast, a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo with 612hp only pays S$3,750 a year – a bit of an anachronistic bargain, and telling of a bit of misguided calculation on the LTA’s part. If you really wanted to show power output, you could always put a car on a dyno – just saying.  

That’s hardly the E-Tron S’s fault though, and despite the big cost, it’s actually not an unsensible one in a way. Looking at it another way – the Tesla Model X is still nowhere to be seen officially, and the BMW iX3, Jaguar I-Pace, and Mercedes-EQ EQC don’t have S-level high-performance just yet.

So as far as electric, high-performance SUVs go, the E-Tron S is for now, the single, strongest example of the breed.  

2022 Audi E-Tron S Sportback review - CarBuyer Singapore - front spoiler e-tron badge


Audi E-Tron S Sportback 

Drivetrain typeFull electric 
Electric Motor
Layout
Triple
Front – Rear/Rear 
Motor power / torque 496hp / 973Nm
Battery type /net capacity Lithium ion, 86kWh
Max Normal Charge Type / Time11kW AC wallbox / 9 hours
Max Fast Charge Type / Time150kW DC / 30  mins 10 to 80 percent
Electric Range* 330km average 
0-100km/h4.5 seconds
Top Speed210km/h
Efficiency*26 kWh/100km
VES Band A2/ -S$15,000
AgentPremium Automobiles
PriceS$482,290  with COE and VES
Availability Now
Verdict Solitary for now: Big, strong, and electric – but it ain’t cheap and you should keep in mind the road tax

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About the Author

Derryn Wong

CarBuyer's chief editor brings 15 years of experience in automotive journalism, previously being the editor of Top Gear Singapore, a presenter for CNA, contributed to The Business Times, Today, and many other publications, and also covered technology as editor of Stuff magazine. An avid motorcyclist and photographer, he is the Chief Slave of two cats. Follow him on Instagram @werryndong

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