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I tested a $89,100 Audi e-tron, an all-electric SUV from the German luxury brand. When it debuted in 2019, the e-tron was touted as a potential Tesla rival from an established manufacturer. E-tron sales, however, have been relatively disappointing. The SUV is quick and roomy, but it has limited range — just 204 miles on a charge. I enjoyed driving the e-tron, but the price tag is so high that it's hard to justify putting one in your driveway, given that the Tesla Model X goes so much farther. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When the Audi e-tron hit the market in 2019, it was supposed to challenge Tesla's Model X and Model Y, Elon Musk's crossover SUV duo. Based on the successful Audi Q5, the e-tron looked pretty good on paper: a substantial 95 kilowatt-hour battery pack served up more than 200 miles of range, in a luxurious package carrying the badge of a leader in the premium SUV realm. The e-tron has, however, proved a sales disappointment in the US, with only about 5,200 units purchased in 2019. To be fair, the SUV was starting at zero, so any sale was a victory, and the all-electric helps Audi worldwide to comply with emissions laws. (Audi's conventional SUVs are doing just fine: The Q5 sold about 67,500 units last year, contributing healthily to a total of 224,000.) As Audi's sole EV, the e-tron can sell in small numbers without disturbing the company's financial health. But it is a signal of what's to come. And as the automaker moves to roll out 20 new EVs in the next five years, and as its corporate parent VW pushes for an ambitious EV expansion to replace diesel (especially in regulation-happy Europe), the quality and popularity of those rides will take on more and more importance.  I had not yet driven the e-tron, so when Audi let me borrow an $89,100 example from the 2019 model year, I was enthusiastic to see how it stacked up against the Tesla Model X and the Jaguar I-PACE, the "SUEVs" I'd already experienced. I'd heard good things about the e-tron, but was skeptical about the 200-mile range, given that consumers appear to want something more like 300 miles. The current "Long Range Plus" Tesla Model X can log 351 miles between charges. Upstart Lucid has already promised a range over 500 miles for the Air, its luxury electric sedan.  Still, I went in with an open mind:  FOLLOW US: On Facebook for more car and transportation content! The Audi e-tron arrived in my driveway wearing a handsome "Daytona Gray" paint job — $600 extra. The base price was $74,800, but the as-tested cost was $89,190, after quite a few options entered the picture. The e-tron is slightly larger than the Audi Q5, the marque's all-important mid-size SUV. But the e-tron is a bit smaller than the three-row Q7 and can handle just five passengers. Read the review. Apart from a few flourishes, the e-tron looks very much like any Audi crossover. That's not a bad thing, as Audi's crossovers have been extremely successful in segments that are extremely competitive. The Audi design template is the most obvious right upfront. Of course, the all-electric e-tron doesn't technically require a grille, but it has one. The e-tron badging is exceptionally subtle. It appears on the flanks ... ... At the rear (in quite tiny chrome rendering) ... ... And in an equally modest form on the passenger side of the dashboard. Frankly, it's almost like Audi didn't want anyone to know that this crossover is an e-tron. Audi is known for its piercing "Matrix" LED headlights, with LED running lights that are something of an industry standard. More almost-invisible e-tron badging appears beneath the famous four rings, a reminder that this vehicle has Audi's legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system. As with any Audi SUV, the four rings also appear on the rear hatch. A distinguishing feature for the e-tron — one of its few electric tells — are the 21-inch, five-spoke wheels, with orange brake calipers. They're part of a $4,900 "Edition One" package, meaning my tester was one of just 999 vehicles built for the series. I didn't particularly care for them. The rear end of an SUV is rarely an attractive thing, but Audi's rear ends are better than most, including VW Group stablemate Porsche's. Cargo capacity is excellent: 27 cubic feet with the second row up, 57 cubic feet with the second row dropped. That's better than the Q5. I had absolutely no difficulty with a quick weekday grocery run. The interior was a kinda stock Audi black, a tone I've seen a lot of lately. It just works, supporting Audi's minimalist approach to luxury. The front seats were Valcona leather, heated and cooled, part of a $7,000 "Prestige" package. Audis split the difference between the driver-focused cabin of BMWs and the high luxury of Mercedes. This vibe has found adherents among younger consumers, who have elevated Audi to being the third top-tier German automaker in the premium market. The multifunction, leather-wrapped steering wheel is a standard on luxury vehicles these days, but Audi adds its "Virtual Cockpit" technology, which can transform the large digital instrument cluster, offering customized information views. The rear seats are a roomy bench design. The legroom is adequate, and a $900 "Cold Weather" package added heaters, plus a preconditioning protocol to warm up the entire cabin. Let's pop the trunk! OK, one might ask why the trunk needs to be popped on an EV. But Audi decided to house the electric drivetrain in the same way it would an internal-combustion engine. The 95-kWh battery sends power to a pair of electric motors, yielding a total power output of 402 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque, with a 0-60 mph time of just over five seconds. The range is a comparatively disappointing 204 miles, but the e-tron does have the capacity to handle 150-kW fast charging. The e-tron uses 88% of its full 95-kWh battery to preserve its life, and the vehicle can regain 80% of a full charge in 30 minutes. The transmission is a simple single-speed automatic. In practice, the e-tron is smooth and quick, genuinely a fun machine to drive. Audi's superb MMI infotainment interface runs on a large central touchscreen, with a smaller touchscreen below for climate controls. All functions are blissfully easy to use, from Bluetooth device pairing to USB integration, plus reliable GPS navigation. The Bang & Olufsen premium audio system sounded great. What's the verdict? I had a good time with the Audi e-tron, but I can't recommend choosing it over the Model X or the Model Y, mainly because its range undermines its use-case. Audi's bread-and-butter SUVs — the Q5 and Q7 — are supposed to be versatile, luxurious, suburban chariots, but they're also supposed to be capable of longer voyages. And while 200 miles is decent range for an EVs, it's not really competitive in this segment, vaguely delineated as it is.  What I'm saying is that if I wanted an EV runabout, I could spend a lot less on a Nissan Leaf and have comparable versatility to the e-tron. But if I wanted to take a family trip, I'd need a back-up SUV. So imagine: a two-car driveway, with an Audi e-tron sitting next to a gas-burning Q5 or Q7. Yes, maybe. But the most recent Q7 I reviewed costs $76,000, and my e-tron tester started at almost that much before many thousands in extras raised the price by ... a lot. Do the math and you have a garage that houses $165,000 worth of SUVs, with a shared 600 miles of range.  Not such a great deal. And while I drove the e-tron all over the New Jersey-New York area for a week and didn't drain the battery, in normal everyday use, I'd surely be recharging every few days. If I'm like most owners, that's happening at home, overnight, on a 240-volt charger, so you could argue that I'd start every day with a "full" tank of electricity. But again, I could drop $45,000 on a Leaf Plus and get 230 miles of range while spending less time sweating my monthly car payments. The e-tron is, objectively, a very nice SUV, just as the Q5 and Q7 are standouts in their segments. And its performance is compelling. And if you don't much like driving, the vehicle has all the driver-assist features you could want in the luxury category — and thanks to nearly 500 pound-feet of torque, the e-tron can tow 4,000 lbs. But as nice as the e-tron is, and as smooth and pleasurable as it is to pilot, with outstanding design and industry leading technology, I simply can't talk myself into the idea of ownership. The e-tron is a rolling compromise, essentially a transition of the Audi of today, selling two variants of this vehicle, as the Audi of tomorrow, with more than a dozen EVs prospectively in the portfolio. You almost can't do better than an Audi when it comes to luxury SUVs. But when it comes to luxury EV crossovers, you have superior choices.  
It's the heart of summer in much of the US, and families are thinking about loading up kids, pets, and gear for road trips. I've selected four family-friendly SUVs, at four price points, that are excellent road-trip chariots.  I've also thrown in a high-performance SUV and an all-electric SUV, for those looking for something different. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's road trip season, and given the constraints that the coronavirus pandemic has imposed on family travel this summer in the US, a lot of folks are thinking about getting behind the wheel rather than aboard a plane or cruise ship. Over the past few years, I've tested numerous SUVs, so I thought a roundup of three-row, seven-passenger choices at different price points, from budget to costly, would be helpful. I settled on SUVs from Mazda, Subaru, and Kia — and I threw in a high-performance ute from Porsche (lacking a third row) and an all-electric option from Tesla (with a third row). These SUVs each combine versatility, decent fuel economy, and cargo space to make for excellent family-hauling. They also all have all-wheel-drive, which isn't entirely necessary in the summertime, but comes in handy at other times to the year. Read on to see what these road-tripping SUV can offer:FOLLOW US: On Facebook for more car and transportation content! THE BUDGET CHOICE: The Mazda CX-9. $34,000 base, $45,000 as-tested. Read the review. The Mazda CX-9 is the family road-trip mobile I most often recommend. The price is right, it seats seven, and I haven't heard many complaints about the third generation of the SUV, rolled out in 2016. The interior on the CX-9 I tested was semi-premium — a real treat at this price-point. I had but one complaint when I drove the CX-9 for a week. The Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine cranks out only 250 horsepower, less than what you'd get in a competing vehicle with a V6. Fuel economy is decent, at 23 mpg city/highway combined. Cargo capacity was fine, however, at about 15 cubic feet. As with many three-row crossovers, using the third row greatly diminishes what you can haul — to manage five passengers, I used just one of the third-row seats, which increased the cargo hold to around 30 cubic feet. Mazda's infotainment system lags the industry, but it does cover all the expected bases: Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and GPS navigation. THE MIDDLE OF THE PACK CONTENDER: The Subaru Ascent. $32,000 base, $46,000 as-tested. Read the review. The Ascent is Subaru's first crack at a mid-size SUV since the ill-fated Tribeca. We were impressed by the Ascent's comfortable cabin, bountiful safety features, solid driving dynamics, and turbocharged engine. The interior of our top-spec Touring model really impressed. The cabin is traditional Subaru — very conservative but effective and easy to use. Ergonomics are terrific, with no oddly placed buttons or knobs to report. Seating for third-row passengers is cozy, but the second row is fine. With the third row folded, cargo capacity is 47 cubic feet. With the third row in use, it's 18 cubic feet. Power for the Ascent comes from a 2.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The "flat" or "boxer" turbo-four produces 260 horsepower. Combined with all-wheel-drive, the powertrain gives up a bit on the MPGs, which are under 30 in combined city/highway driving. The center stack is dominated by a high-definition touchscreen running the latest variant of Subaru's Starlink infotainment system. It does everything well, from GPS navigation to device integration. THE NEAR-LUXURY FAMILY HAULER: The Kia Telluride. $32,000 base, $47,000 as-tested. Read the review. The Kia Telluride impressed me at all levels and represents fantastic value for the SUV segment. The Telluride's interior isn't luxurious, but it isn't mass-market. For most consumers, it's pure Goldilocks: Just right. The Telluride does three rows as well as I've seen in an SUV. And even the back row deployed, it offers an impressive 21 cubic feet of cargo space. Fuel economy from the 291-horsepower V6 is also pretty decent, if not remarkable: 21 mpg in city/highway combined. Kia is selling what I consider one of the top infotainment systems on the market. The 10-inch central touchscreen is nearly perfect, and the use of old-school buttons, knobs, and switches is welcome. THE MONEY-IS-NO-OBJECT OPTION: The Audi Q7. $55,000 base, $76,000 as-tested. The Audi Q7 is a solid choice in the luxury SUV market. I recently tested a 2020 model of the vehicle, now in its second generation. The Q7's interior is a study in tasteful minimalism. My tester was all-black, with piano-black surfaces and a modest amount of wood trim. Power came from a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V6, making 335 horsepower (a smaller four-cylinder offers 248 horsepower). My V6 served up 18 mpg, in city/highway combined. With all three rows in action, you have only about 14 cubic feet of cargo space to work with. Drop the third row, and that rises to 30 cubic feet. Audi has one of the best infotainment systems in the industry. The central screen provides access to faultless GPS navigation, easy Bluetooth pairing, and effortless device integration. My tester also had the "Virtual Cockpit" feature, which can transfer some features to the instrument cluster. THE GO-FAST ALTERNATIVE: The Porsche Cayenne GTS. $107,000 base, $167,000 as-tested. Read the review. The Cayenne GTS is a very special set of wheels: expensive, but with the sort of prizefighter punch that rewards spirited driving. Plus, the ability to haul enough luggage for a weekend on the road — just not one involving a family of five. Porsche interiors aren't overtly luxurious, nor are they supposed to be. But the Cayenne GTS's has something else going for it: sporty touches. AND for my test vehicle, a rear-seat entertainment system, powered by Android. The Cayenne GTS rocks a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine, making 453 horsepower. The motor is thirsty and not yet EPA-rated for fuel economy. But I think I was under 20 mpg on average. With the back seats in use, there are 27 cubic feet to work with; drop the back seats and that increases to 60 cubic feet. Porsche's infotainment system is quite good, although not quite the best. It's outdone by Audi (Porsche's VW Group stablemate). But the system checks all the right boxes, from Bluetooth pairing to USB device connectivity to GPS navigation. There's also wireless charging. IF YOU WANT TO GO ELECTRIC: The Tesla Model X. $80,000 base, approximately $150,000 as-tested. I actually took the Model X on a 700-mile family road trip. Its interior was more or less roomy enough for five people. Read all about the road trip. But only more or less. The third row is quite compact. Even with one third-row seat in use, cargo capacity was fantastic, and we had backup from the front trunk. The Model X I tested had roughly 300 miles of range, but Tesla has improved that to 350 miles, for what it calls the "Long Range Plus" trim level. One does have to deal with recharging times when road-tripping in Tesla. Even Supercharger-enabled fast charging could consume 30-45 minutes. Tesla's technology is fairly incredible. The large central touchscreen controls everything from navigation (which can optimize charging times, based on routes) to audio to Tesla's Autopilot semi-self-driving system.
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Cadillac’s upcoming Lyriq electric crossover may not have a gas engine like the new Escalade, but it will have an even more impressive display to dominate the EV’s dashboard. Expected to make its public debut on August 6, after Caddy was forced to push back the big reveal, the Lyriq will be the first of General Motors’ new breed of … Continue reading
A classic Porsche 911 Carrera 2 was stolen in Spain on Sunday, but a Tesla Model 3 parked nearby caught the entire incident on video.  The video was taken thanks to Tesla's Sentry Mode, which monitors for threats outside the vehicle and starts recording if it senses suspicious activity.  The Porsche was recovered the next day after someone recognized it from social media.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tesla's Sentry Mode — which keeps a car's exterior cameras on standby while its owner is away — is meant to record break-ins, collisions, and any other potential threats to one's Model X, S, 3, or Y. But the feature can help thwart thefts of nearby non-EVs as well. In the Spanish town of Benicassim on Sunday, two people attempted to steal a 964-series Porsche 911 Carrera 2. But unbeknownst to them, the sports car was parked beside a Sentry Mode-enabled Tesla Model 3 that caught everything on tape. Automotive outlet Motorpasion first reported on the incident, followed by Autoblog, and Business Insider was able to confirm the details of the story via a police report provided by Jose Saez-Merino, a relative of the Porsche's owner. In a video of the theft circulated on social media by Saez-Merino, who owns the Model 3 that caught the scene, two people donning partial face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic can be seen rolling the Porsche out of its parking spot and away into the night.  Porsche Carrera 2, matricula 2397DBK robado en Benicassim, Castellón, anoche a las 3:20 AM. Va a ser complicado, pero si alguien sabe algo o conoce a alguien en el video o fotos, mis DMs están abiertos. Gracias pic.twitter.com/o3RTDIxlFs — Jose Saez-Merino (@josejacas) July 12, 2020 Saez-Merino shared the video with local authorities and described the 911 at length on social media in an attempt to recover the car. Less than a day after Saez-Merino shared the video on Twitter, the 911 was found in a suburban area near Valencia, Saez-Merino told Business Insider. A delivery-van driver spotted the blue 911, recognized it from a Facebook post of a friend of the owner's, and called it in to the police. Saez-Merino suspects that those who stole the car dumped it deliberately to see if the car had a GPS tracker.  E N C O N T R A D O pic.twitter.com/87iZL3mlw8 — Jose Saez-Merino (@josejacas) July 13, 2020 Saez-Merino isn't sure how much of a role the Tesla's recording played in recovering the Porsche, but told Business Insider that it may help police catch the people who stole the car later down the line. The investigation into suspects is still ongoing, Saez-Merino said. SEE ALSO: A Ford Focus driver wound up with a nearly $1,000 ticket after being clocked at 437 mph by a faulty speed camera Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak
Photo by Hannes Breustedt/picture alliance via Getty Images Tesla has lowered the purchase price of its Model Y by $3,000, so its Long Range AWD will now cost $49,990, Electrek reported. The Model Y just began shipping in March, and earlier this month Tesla reported better-than-expected delivery numbers for all its vehicles in the second quarter, so the reason for the price cut isn’t totally clear. But it’s likely to help boost sales at a time when all carmakers are feeling the pinch of the economic downturn. Tesla cut prices on several vehicles in May, but the Model Y was not included in those reductions. It lowered the prices on the base models and Performance versions of the Model S and Model X by $5,000, and cut the prices on all versions of its Model 3 by $2,000 (with prices slightly... Continue reading…