Got my E Tron over the weekend! The wife and I really like it so far. I'd say, if it was just me, I'd probably be in a Volt right now (especially a 2017) but my wife hates that car. I've driven a Volt, and the E Tron has exactly that same EV feel that I love, so I'm happy. In fact, it seems to pull harder than the Leaf even though the motor is technically 5kWh less; probably because that power is going through a transmission. It's also smaller than the Volt, with a real fifth seat, about the same interior and cargo room, and a true hatchback. It's more expensive, but there are deals to be had. I got 0% financing plus $1000 off from Audi on top of what I negotiated with the dealer.
Having a level 2 charger really helps. The resistance heater and small battery means that if your car is cold in the morning, say goodbye to your range. And level 1 is not nearly enough to heat the car up. The GOM is accurate, but it always starts off assuming no climate control. So, if it's freezing out and you didn't precondition, you'll see 22 miles until you back out of the driveway and it drops to 14. Haha. I can see that driving people nuts if they don't understand what's going on. Level 2 also helps for mid day charging. We usually do under 20 miles a day, but it's not hard to do more than that EV only if you have to stop at home for a couple hours.
But I'm also not totally adverse to burning gas. I drove a normal A3 for a while and this is a better car even if you never plug it in. Dual clutches shift so smoothly, but are so jerky at low speeds. This setup replaces all the low speed harshness with EV smoothness. I like to think back to my first Prius. I'd have killed for 16 EV miles back then. Haha.
I was a bit worried about the motor behind a transmission, but it works out really well. That dual clutch shifts so smoothly that you can't feel it unless you're flooring it. And it even downshifts as you brake, apparently, but I can't really feel that either. And when the engine comes on, nothing noticeable really happens. Really good in terms of NVH.
I really dig the “gliding”. Engine on or off, when you let off the gas and don't apply the brake, the entire transmission clutches out and you just glide. I think I like that even more than one-peddle, super regen. The regen is still there if you hit the brake, but I like Audi deciding not to emulate a torque converter for no reason.
Anyway, it's a really good car and a shame they are not selling more. Though, I do get it. That's a lot of money for 16 miles. But, if you like the normal A3, after the tax breaks, adding a plug is just about free.