Although the interior of the vehicle is the same, the more aerodynamic shape of the Sportbacks will give little advantage over the siblings. The company targets an EPA series of 220 miles. The regular E-Tron has a range of about 204 miles.
The vehicle can be charged with up to 150 kW and can restore 220 kW of power while braking, which I found helpful when driving the regular E-Tron SUV when I tested it last year.
The scope increased is not just about a swooped backend. Audi has increased the amount of battery pack. E-Tron only gives owners about 88 percent of the 95kWh battery capacity at any time. E-Tron Sportback offers 91
Car manufacturers usually leave a small percentage of battery unavailable for charging to extend the life of a vehicle. If a driver was charging 100 percent of the actual battery all the time, it would reduce the life of the cycle.
Sportback also gets a sweet new lighting system that will unfortunately not come to the United States. Matrix LED headlights serve a light blanket in front of the car while driving down the highway.
Sportback gets all the other technology in E-Tron as the latest version of the MMI infotainment system and side cameras instead of mirrors in regions where it is legal to sell that feature. (It's not legal to sell in the United States.)
And while a coupe design typically means bad news for rear passengers, when I was sitting in the back of the car, I had good headroom and legroom. So kudos to Audi for thinking of tall people. What you really lose is cargo space. But that's to be expected when shopping for design for utility.
The Audi E-Tron Sportback will be available for purchase in Europe in the spring of 2020 and the United States after that.