While the insides of the vehicle are the same, the more aerodynamic shape of the Sportback offers a slight advantage over its brother's range. The company aims for an EPA coverage of 220 miles. The regular E-Tron reaches a range of around 204 miles.
The vehicle can be charged with up to 150 kW and regenerate 220 kW when braking, which I found helpful while driving with the regular E-Tron SUV, when I tested it last year.
Raising the reach is not just about a jerk-free backend. Audi has increased the availability of batteries. With the E-Tron owners can only use about 88 percent of the capacity of the 95 kWh battery at the same time. The E-Tron Sportback offers 91
Automakers do not leave a small percentage of the battery available for charging to extend the life of a vehicle backpack. If a driver charges 100 percent of the actual battery all the time, the life will be shortened.
The Sportback also gets a sweet new lighting system that unfortunately will not make it to the US. The Matrix LED headlights ensure that a light carpet in front of the vehicle lights up on the highway.
The Sportback has all the other features of the E-Tron like the latest version of the MMI infotainment system and side cameras instead of mirrors in regions where it is legal to sell this feature. (It's not legal to sell in the US.)
And while a coupe design for the rear passengers usually means bad news, I had plenty of head and leg room in the back of the vehicle. So a big praise to Audi, that he thought of big people. Really, what you will lose is cargo space. However, this is to be expected when you exchange design for utility model.
The Audi E-Tron Sportback will be available from spring 2020 in Europe and then in the USA.