Despite the fact that the Audi e-tron 2022 is a luxury electric car that is popular with the public and most auto critics, Consumer Reports still reports that the car has problems. However, that doesn’t mean it’s the worst electric vehicle Consumer Reports has ever tested. There is still another electric car ranked below: the 2022 Tesla Model X.
Consumer opinion on the Audi e-tron 2022
Consumer Reports tested the 2022 Audi e-tron and provided an overall lukewarm view. The site was impressed with its performance, giving the e-tron 90/100 in the CR road test and 5/5 in ride quality, noise, comfort and fuel economy. CR also praised the e-tron for its low fuel consumption, low operating costs, and comfortable seating in the rear and front seats.
However, the review was less favorable for the e-tron range, which is about 204 miles away. While that’s fine for most everyday driving and commutes, it’s not the most practical for long trips, especially since the e-tron took 13 hours to fully charge from 5% using a 240V charger. The only way anyone could practically take a 2022 e-tron on a road trip was if they could find DC fast charging ports along their route, which are still hard to locate.
Another nail in the e-tron’s coffin is the expected low reliability, which gives a CR 1/5. That’s incredibly disappointing, given that the luxury electric vehicle starts at $52,700.
Consumer Reports for the 2022 Tesla Model X
Worse than the Audi e-tron is the Tesla Model X. Although the 2022 Tesla Model X is the lowest-rated EV in Consumer Reports this year, the overall score of 41/100 doesn’t make it the worst public car the site tested this year. This award goes from CR to the 2022 Jeep Wrangler with a paltry 28/100 overall score. The 2022 Tesla Model X has a lot of things to do, like high marks in the road test, 72/100, an extremely high fuel economy of 102MP, and 4/5 expected owner satisfaction.
Unfortunately for the electric vehicle, Consumer Reports rated the expected vehicle reliability at 1/5. This is largely because 2017, 2018, and 2020 models all got the same score, as the CR generates an expected reliability score by looking at turbulence area reports from real owners. CR also mentioned that the 2022 Tesla X delivers a tough, noisy ride, and the key controls are incredibly distracting.
The final complaint is that this model starts at $114,990 and yet doesn’t include Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Almost every other vehicle one can find in the set includes at least one of these capabilities, which is a huge disappointment for anyone hoping for an easy way to listen to their music on the go.
More reliable electric SUV options
If you still want an EV, but want one with better ratings than those in the 2022 Audi e-tron and Tesla Model X, CR has a few recommendations that might be what you’re looking for. For example, the 2022 Kia Niro EV received an overall score of 88 from Consumer Reports, making it the number one overall for all electric vehicles CR tested. An expected reliability score of 5/5 certainly doesn’t hurt either.
The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E also ranks high on Consumer Reports’ EV and 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV list, with overall scores of 82 and 65, respectively. Of those two options, the Mach-E scored better on expected reliability, with a 4/5, but the Bolt EUV scored slightly higher in the road test, getting an 80/100.
Not only are these three vehicles better overall, according to Consumer Reports, but they also cost significantly less than the Audi e-tron and Tesla Model X. The Bolt EUV starts at $33,500, the Mustang Mach-E starts at $43,895, and the Niro EV starts at $43,895. Priced at $39,990.
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