The famous E-tron SUV from the Audi range is one of the most popular for the long-term rental formula. Syntonia Spa tells us about it, a company that offers this NLT service and which in recent months has detected a real boom in requests for electric cars.
There are plenty of choices between the E-tron, E-tron GT, E-tron Sportback and Q4 Sportback E-tron. Which to choose then? Let’s see the characteristics of these cars, which will help to choose the model that is closest to everyone’s wishes.
The Audi E-tron 50 model has 309 hp and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds, while the 55 model has 402 hp in 6.6 seconds. However, they are still far from the performance of the direct competitor Jaguar I-Pace, which reaches 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds.
How far does it go with a fully charged battery? Officially, the Model 50 has a range of 318 km, but it can most likely go up to 240 km. Instead, the Model 55 has a theoretical range of 408 km, but in real conditions it reaches up to 292 km.
In Comfort mode, the E-tron’s air suspension does a great job, tackling bumps and potholes better than other models.
For those who like a smoother ride, 20-inch alloy wheels are standard in Technik and Sport trim levels. Instead, 21-inch alloy wheels offer more elegance with sports air suspension.
Despite the 2.5 tons of weight, with only one person on board, the car handles curves quite smoothly and orderly.
Audi E-tron GT
The GT model of the Audi E-tron is extremely fast. It has two electric motors, one for the front wheels and the other for the rear wheels, which do not cause skidding.
The total power is 469 hp, but for a few seconds it can go up to 523 hp, which is equivalent to 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds. On the other hand, with the RS model, the power is 590 hp, which translates to 3.3 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h.
Battery life? In the Long Range model it is 663 km, while the E-tron GT reaches up to 474 km. Some road tests, however, indicate an effective autonomy of the GT of around 370 in a mixed course between urban roads, extra-urban roads and motorways.
The standard air suspension on the E-tron GT RS is skimpy despite how heavy the car is. The handle balance is slightly offset to the rear. This means that once the throttle is released, the pivoting rear end can be used to tuck the nose into the corner.
Audi E-tron Sportback
The 50 and 55 Sportback versions are not particularly fast. This is partly due to the fact that they weigh almost 2.5 tons and therefore require a lot of energy to move them.
The 55 version goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, while the 50 version in 6.8 seconds. For better performance, opt for the S version, which has three electric motors and reaches 100 km in just 4.5 seconds.
This model is exceptionally refined, whatever the version. Not only are the motors quiet under acceleration, but once top speed is reached, classic road noise is barely audible and the windows don’t vibrate, thanks in part to the use of highly aerodynamic camera exterior mirrors that help cut the air filter.
The most impressive part happens when you slow down. Despite the dexterity between regenerative braking and normal friction brakes, the pedal offers a reasonable touch that makes the deceleration phase smooth and without any particular hitch. This is a rather rare feature in hybrid and electric cars.
Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron
The Audi Sportback E-tron Model 35 has a single 168hp engine that powers the rear wheels. It goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 9 seconds flat.
With the 40 model, on the other hand, thanks to the 201 CV, it reaches 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds. It’s certainly not fast enough, but at least the 82.7 kWh battery guarantees a range of 520 km.
Finally, the top-of-the-range 50 version reaches 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds thanks to the 295 hp engine. The traction added to the all-wheel-drive system provides good acceleration off the line. Due to the weight of the all-wheel drive, the range of the 50 version can reach 495 km.
The 20-inch wheels and the sports suspension make the car sufficiently flexible in the city and at low speeds, while on the highway it shakes a little on not too smooth surfaces and larger undulations are not flattened. Despite this, at high speed it turns out to be reliable.
As for noise and vibration, wind noise is barely audible if it’s not sustained, but if it increases in intensity, start blowing around the exterior mirrors. Instead, the regenerative braking paired with normal brakes is consistent and reassuring.
How will the long-term rental sector evolve in the ecological transition phase?
We asked Alberto Repetto (co-founder of Syntonia Spa with Marco Gandolfi) how the way of working and the approach of Syntonia consultants are changing in relation to the ever-increasing demand for electrified vehicles by companies and individuals: “i Our consultants evaluate the real electrification potential of the fleet, based on real and regularly updated data, obtained through telematics, a valuable ally to guarantee the correct and efficient use of vehicles, thus being able to offer specific advice to corporate clients and support individuals in choosing the product that best meets their specific needs”.
Syntonia SpA was born in 2009 from the experience of Alberto Repetto and Marco Gandolfiprofessionals working in the sector long term rental for decades and who have been involved in the start-up, development and management of major regional and national companies.
“We have a character that stems from our experience in business, because our managerial training has developed within some of the main long-term rental multinationals,” says Gandolfi.
Syntonia operates on two main channels: the “corporate”, within which operate direct resources of great experience, able to deal with large companies, and the “SME” (small and medium-sized enterprise), which guarantees a generalized presence in all the territory of competence and is coordinated by the regional managers of the company.
“We have also created a sector specializing in the development of rental for workshops and bodywork and activated the promotion of our services to their customers”.
Syntonia is Arval’s exclusive agent, the French multinational of the BNP Paribas Group, leader in Italy in the long-term rental of cars and commercial vehicles. “It was a shared choice and born at our beginnings, operating mainly from Liguria, where Arval wanted to reserve the competitive advantage of having the most anchored exclusive agency in the territory”.
Among the advantages of having a single partner, there is certainly the combination of professionalism and know-how of the highest level. “In a sector now made up of many operators, standing out is essentialadds Repetto.
Today, Syntonia is an organization of more than 30 employees, including staff, direct sellers and agents, with 3 commercial offices in Milan, Florence and Turin, in addition to the historic headquarters in Genoa, which allow it to have complete control of the territory in which it operates.
“With a compound annual growth in turnover, referring to the period 2016-2021, of 23.2% and a 32.2% growth forecast for enterprise market sales volumes in 2022concludes Repetto.
It is clear that long-term rental will also play an important role in game about climate change being able to contribute massively the renewal of the national vehicle fleet.