All models in the 2022 Audi e-tron range are fitted with a pair of electric motors that produce up to 402 hp and 490 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with an AWD system and a single-speed automatic transmission, propulsion is strong and acceleration effortless. All models feature leather upholstery and 20-inch wheels as standard, but the top trim gets premium cow-hide. 21-inch wheels are also available, as are features like rear-side airbags, a top-view camera, and a package that blacks out many of the car's exterior chrome accents. The e-tron in any guise is claimed to offer a range of 222 miles thanks to an EPA rating of 78 MPGe on the combined city/highway consumption cycle. All models are also capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 in 5.5 seconds with the top speed limited to 124 mph.
The base e-tron starts at $65,900 before a $1,095 destination charge, but this can easily be offset by rebates that this vehicle can take advantage of. The mid-level Premium Plus trim carries a starting MSRP of $74,800 while the top Chronos Edition trim costs $83,400. Fully loaded, the e-tron Chronos Edition will set you back around $84,000 including the destination charge, because it is not eligible for any extra packages except the $750 towing package. The Premium Plus gets access to several packages that can take it up to a maximum of just under $80,000. The 2022 Audi e-tron still qualifies for a $7,500 tax credit.
For those who intend to use their SUVs for leisure, we recommend speccing the Towing package. It costs just $750 and unlocks access to the full 4,000 pounds of towing capacity. Rear-seat side airbags are another option worthy of consideration at $400 on the bottom two trims (they're standard on the Chronos Edition). Digital Matrix-design headlights are no longer available for the bottom two trims this year but are standard on the Chronos Edition. The Black Optic package has no benefit beyond the aesthetic changes it brings, but there's never any harm in deleting some chrome to replace it with gloss black. This package costs $2,400 and adds unique 21-inch alloy wheels, orange brake calipers, and blacked-out exterior treatment. It is available as an option on the Premium Plus trim and standard equipment on the Chronos Edition. For customers opting for the base Premium trim, the Convenience Plus package is available at $3,500. This adds lane keep assist, a surround-view camera, and adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist. You also get the Black Optic package included for free.
If you're after a practical yet affordable e-tron, we recommend the mid-level Premium Plus trim. This model boasts additional features over the base trim with things like adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and an upgraded 3D Premium sound system from Bang & Olufsen. However, if you don't want to spend almost ten grand extra over the base model, we suggest the Premium trim but with the Convenience Plus package detailed above.