The e-tron comes in two forms – the regular SUV shape and the Sportback version, which is what I tested. Sportback is Audi-speak for 'coupe styling' and that means a sloping roof line which pinches in at the rear creating a sporty…um… back.
The e-tron Sportback has a similar coupe-SUV look as the BMW X6 or Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and it's about the size as those, too, at 4901mm long, 2043mm wide and 1616mm tall. The closest EV equivalent to the e-tron would be the Mercedes-Benz EQC, although that's shorter at 4774mm end to end and not as 'coupey'.
While it has similar looks to those petrol-powered rivals there are a couple of small details which hint that this isn't just an ordinary coupe SUV. There are the charge flaps in the front wheel guards which open with such satisfying smoothness that I found myself doing it over and over again.
There's also the grille which looks a lot like the ones on every other Audi, but peer closer at the images and you'll see that only the centre slats are open. That's because while the e-tron doesn't have an engine and a radiator, it still has electrical components which need to be cooled. Those slats open automatically depending on when cool air is needed and close to increase aerodynamics.
I'm a fan of the taillights with the LED strips which extend the entire way across the rear of the car. Essentially, however, the e-tron Sportback looks like a normal Audi SUV, which is good and the way it should be, because if the future is electric then it will also be normal.
That 'normalness' goes for the interior, too with its dual screens for media and climate control as you'd find in a Q7, along with the virtual instrument cluster.
Again, the only hints that this SUV is different are small things such as the gear shifter which operates with just your thumb and index finger. There's also the circuit-board pattern stitched into the seats.
Our test car had the standard Valcona leather upholstery.
Also, standard is the S line exterior package, which includes the sporty front and rear bumper.
The privacy glass and Catalunya Red metallic paint are optional.