A Used Audi E-Tron Could Be the Cheapest Way Into a Luxury EV

The electric car category has been growing over the past few years, mainly thanks to automakers like Tesla and Audi. And while Tesla might be at the forefront of your mind when you think of an electric vehicle, we shouldn’t forget that the Audi E-Tron still exists. Although, it’s no wonder that the Audi E-Tron hasn’t received that much love since it’s been in the market for the past couple of years considering a starting price of $65,900 doesn’t make it accessible to everyone.

However, a couple of years have passed since the E-Tron made its debut, which means that there are plenty to be found in the used market. And considering it has taken a massive depreciation hit, a used Audi E-Tron could actually be the cheapest way for you to get into a luxury all-electric SUV.

The Audi E-Tron might not be a Tesla, but it has a lot to offer

No, the Audi E-Tron can’t get from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds or even get an all-electric range of 360 miles like the base-trim, long-range Tesla Model X can, but it still has a lot to offer. In case you’re wondering, Audi says that the E-Tron can do a 0-60 mph run in about 5.5 seconds and can get up to 222 miles of range on a single charge, according to Car and Driver. That might not sound super impressive compared to the Tesla, but wait, there’s more.

2019 Audi E-Tron front shot
2019 Audi E-Tron | Audi

The Audi E-Tron also features a lot of standard luxury features like leather seats with heating and ventilation, 20-inch wheels, blind-spot monitoring, four-zone climate control, a panoramic moonroof that even comes with a cover, unlike the Model X.

Additionally, there is the option for a lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and a 360-degree camera, and if you need to tow something, you can. When equipped with the towing package, the E-Tron can even tow up to 4,000 pounds.

2019 Audi E-Tron rear
2019 Audi E-Tron rear | Audi

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How much does a used Audi E-Tron cost?

While $65,000 to $70,000 for a new Audi E-Tron might sound pricey, you’ll be happy to know that used models are currently selling for around $50,000. In fact, there are some used E-Trons with only 12,000 to 15,000 miles on them selling for $45,000. Does that make the Audi E-Tron a little more worth it? Yes, we think so too.

2019 Audi E-Tron interior
2019 Audi E-Tron interior | Audi

Forget about the new electric vehicle tax credits for $7,500 that used to be available for the E-Tron, as we can see, you can score some big discounts on used E-Trons across the nation right now. And the plus side is that many of the used E-Trons for sale are certified pre-owned units as well, which means that they come with an extended warranty and are sold through actually Audi dealers as opposed to shady used car lots.

2019 Audi Etron rear badge
2019 Audi E-Tron rear badge | Audi

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Why are used Audi E-Trons so cheap?

According to Green Car Reports, it’s not uncommon for electric vehicles to have steep depreciation rates, and the Audi E-Tron is no exception. iSeeCars reported that the average electric vehicle loses around 56.6% of its original value in three years compared to the 38.2% depreciation that gas-only vehicles normally see.

So, in case you are planning to buy a used Audi E-Tron, that could be something to keep in mind for your subsequent years of ownership.