Audi in engineering has been testing cheap electric SUV from China: That is his judgment

Actually, the Chinese electric car Startup Nio wanted to bring his electric SUV ES6 already this year on the European markets. Now Nios Europe moving-in plans:

Audi in engineering has been testing cheap electric SUV from China: That is his judgment

Actually, the Chinese electric car Startup Nio wanted to bring his electric SUV ES6 already this year on the European markets. Now Nios Europe moving-in plans: More time for the German car maker. Because the full ausgestattetete electric SUV Nio ES6 with 544 HP is not only bigger than the Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC and Co, but also cheaper. If the southern German Premium manufacturers really need to tremble before the China-Streamers, has EFAHRER.com in a practice Test with a real professional.

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Tilman Schwarz (Name changed by the editors) is an automotive engineer and works at Audi in the development and coordination of E-cars. Hardly anyone knows about Audi's current electric-SUV e-tron or the future Premium-Stromer (PPE) is better than he is. However, Chinese electric cars knows Black so far, only by car fairs such as the IAA. "Since you have forbidden me, even with the hood open," he says.

Audi engineer is testing China-SUV

The 4.85-metre-long Nio parked in front of a Black house in a settlement in a Bavarian small town. Black grins and gets up close and personal with the Chinese: He opens the separate AC and DC Charging gobs of ES6 and pulls on the fold-out door handles, and seeks in vain the hidden engine hood release. Tesla at half the price: the China-SUV in front of the BMW Headquarters FOCUS Online Tesla for half the price: the China-SUV in front of the BMW Headquarters

He can be the power liftgate and closing, it will stop during Opening, makes it to the top of drive and wobble on the lid. "The hinges, we would have hidden something, but otherwise, everything looks very decent," says Black.

Finally, he finds the engine hood release the ES6 but still. In the footwell on the driver's side, where she always sits, in the case of Nio, however, under a flap, hidden. "It's a pity that he has a front no place for the charging cable," says Black, and tried to have a look under the big plastic throw covers in the engine compartment. "A lot of you fail to see," he says. "What you see, but it looks much neater than in the case of Tesla for example."

"Looks neater than in the case of Tesla"

"But where you have to fill here, wiping the water? The rain water extraction has?“, he grins and says. Finally, Black find. The wiper water Nozzle is located outside of the engine compartment on the lower edge of the windshield. "That's clever," says Black. "So the driver has to open the hood." Polestar 1 in the Test to be As economical Volvo's Hybrid force grumpy with 600 HP really PCP Polestar 1 in the Test to be As economical Volvo's Hybrid force grumpy with 600 HP really

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He takes on the rear bench seat. "The Nio outer five inches shorter than the e-tron feels inside to five centimeters more space," he says, and switches in the driver's seat.

racing Flag for sport mode.

"Whoa, this is all in Chinese," he says and puts his hand on the Infotainment System. "You can't change that, at least in English? What is Android Auto and Apple Carplay?“ All not – irrelevant for the Chinese market. The gear selection lever is all the thing with P, D and R labels in an internationally understandable way. Black a D and here we go.

is The in a quiet residential area, we leave in the tame Eco-driving mode, in the ES6. Country road Black selects the sport mode, with racing-flags-icon. "Let's see if he deserves to be flagged," says Black.

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In the first long Straight Black full flow. All of the inmates puts it in the seats. "Straight ahead, he's been good," said Black with a smile. He takes his foot off the accelerator pedal. All Insaßen nod, the ES6 bend forward significantly. Black brakes. "He is recuperating very much, for my taste too much," he says. "Bad brake feeling. The Transition between recuperation and brake is not solved ideal.“

Black looks in the rear view mirror. "Hold on to you. I now do a brake test,“ he says, waits for the short and rises on the brake pedal. "The exact stopping distance, I can't call now, of course," he says. "But the braking performance was not particularly strong." Better than the 911, Panamera and Tesla? As well the first electric Porsche FOCUS Online/Wochit Better than the 911, Panamera and Tesla? As well the first electric Porsche

In the next half-hour Black-and the Chinese on the country roads. The Nio tips when driving into the curve neatly to the left and right. Black takes the next curve extremely fast. "In the curve of the regulates completely to the performance," said Black, shaking his head.

He deflects the Nio in the direction of the highway. The Acceleration lane, the Nio runs in a few seconds on straightening speed. "The Noise at 130 km/h is in order," says Black, and accelerated by. With a top speed of 200 the Wind rustles in the Nio significantly. "You hear something now the Türversiegelungen rattling. Even at 200 km/h is still stable. That's okay,“ says Black.

AWD and lots of torque, but no off-road-grenade

Long ago, Black has to leave the highway and take a forest path. "We look after our wood," he says. But Black' wood-stock, we do not reach in his forest. On a steep piece of wet, muddy Lawn the tires of the Nio by rotating very, very slowly. In spite of all-wheel drive and massive torque, the Chinese a no-win hand's breadth of Land.

"he does That better than the Jaguar i-Pace. At the turn in such situations the tyres at full speed. When the tires get back suddenly Grip, can break in the worst case, even the axes,“ says Black. "The point is, however, also mean. As I need to with my tractor for a start-up.“

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We are rolling backwards to the increase in down travel over the bumpy country road from the forest. "Even from the air suspension I notice there's nothing here," he says. "That's just not comfortable enough on such Routes. A air suspension cost you a lot more money than a steel spring,“ he says. "An advantage I feel here now."

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We wander back to the Black house. Time for a conclusion. "Clearly, an Audi is more sporty. The Nio does not deserve to be racing-flags definitely. Because Nio does not fully exploit the potential of E-drive,“ he says about the sport mode. EFAHRER / MORITZ DIETHELM EFAHRER

"But it is 48,000 euros, base price is really an announcement for a car of this size. Also processing, optics, and Infotainment fit. All normal driving situations, copes with the Nio well. Who can do without the sporty genes of an Audi, the proven reliability and the dealer network, the ES6 is a cool, comfortable family electric car for half the price of a Premium German cars.“ First driving test: China-SUV of Borgward competition for Hyundai and Volkswagen? FOCUS Online first driving test: China-SUV of Borgward competition for Hyundai and Volkswagen?

China-electricity in the Audi employees make nervous

That not all Audi employees work around so relaxed with the competition from China, shows an anecdote that happened a IONITY-charging station in Ingolstadt. Our author took the cover photo of this article on his Smartphone: The Nio ES6 in a Ionity-loader with a Audi e-tron GT in the Background.

One of the occupants got out and demanded the EFAHRER-author on him to show the photos and delete these. The Pretext: Privacy. Otherwise, you'd call the police. The author is not refused, the police also came after a good half hour. The Audi employees photographed and filmed by the authors and the Nio in turn, and sped away with screeching tires.

This article was written by Moritz Diethelm

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Updated Date: 16 June 2020, 18:26

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