2019 Audi E-Tron Only Has 204 Miles Of Range, 91 Miles Less Than Tesla Model X

Audi is gearing up for the US launch of the 2019 e-tron by revealing the crossover has an EPA-estimated range of just 204 miles (328 km).

That’s significantly less than expected and it means the e-tron travels 30 miles (48 km) less than the Jaguar I-Pace. More importantly, the Tesla Model X Long Range can travel nearly 50% further as it has a range of 295 miles (475 km).

The short range also means the $74,800 crossover can’t even beat mainstream electric vehicles. In particular, the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range can travel 220 miles (354 km) while the Nissan Leaf Plus goes 226 miles (364 km). The Chevrolet Bolt and Kia Niro EV can also travel further as they both have ranges just shy of 240 miles (386 km).

While the range isn’t very impressive, Audi noted the average premium vehicle owner only travels about 30 miles (48 km) per day. This means e-tron owners could go almost a week without recharging.

When it comes time to recharge, drivers won’t have to wait around too long as Audi says the e-tron has the “fastest charging speed of any electric SUV.” When using a 150 kilowatt high speed public charger, owners can get approximately 54 miles (87 km) of range in just 10 minutes. After a half an hour, the model will have about 163 miles (262 km) of range.

Speaking of speed, the crossover has two electric motors that produce a combined output of 355 hp (265 kW / 360 PS). The e-tron also has a Boost Mode which increases the output to 402 hp (300 kW / 408 PS) and this allow the model to run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 5.5 seconds.

The 2019 Audi e-tron will be delivered to reservation holders in the United States next month and demonstration vehicles will arrive at dealerships around the same time. The model will be eligible for a $7,500 tax credit and it will come nicely equipped with leather upholstery, heated / ventilated front seats and a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system. Buyers will also find an air suspension, a panoramic glass sunroof, GPS navigation and a four-zone automatic climate control system.

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  • TheBelltower

    1/3 shorter range, the same size battery pack, two fewer seats, a piddly front trunk, conventional barn doors, plus an undeveloped charging infrastructure compared to a comparable Model X. Sounds like a winner to me!

    • Zandit75

      Arguably, it looks a lot better, and I’d certainly buy one over any Tesla.

      • TheBelltower
        • Matt

          You found a nicely edited photo of the Model X in the only angle it looks good. I know you’re a big Tesla fan and owner, but the Model X is not a looker in real life. It’s awkward and bloated.

          • TheBelltower

            The rear is not its best angle. And I don’t like the way the X looks with the standard wheels. But I absolutely don’t think this Audi looks as good. It looks old compared to the X. Now call me when the Audi etron GT comes out, then we may agree.


          • Matt

            The Audi looks pretty damn sleek. It doesn’t have any ‘bad angles’ and proportionally it is far more resolved. Obviously personal preference to a degree – but you can’t argue with proportions.

          • TheBelltower

            The Audi doesn’t look bad. It just looks very conventional and ordinary. Given that the X design achieves a much much higher level of efficiency, the purposefulness of it is more “German” than the Audi. That’s why a three year old design is still impressive, while the yet-to-be-released Audi already looks dated.

        • Zandit75

          Still not feeling it. The Model S is the only good looking Tesla in my opinion.

    • Rocket

      It’s tough when you have to build profits into the price, or at least less of a loss on every one that goes out the door.

      • TheBelltower

        Agreed. Apparently it’s tougher than VW thought.

    • Matt

      I’d say ‘conventional’ doors are a positive, not a negative. Let’s not forget the quality and fit-finish will be miles ahead of the Model X, too. Range is of course disappointing though.

      • S3XY

        Model X has better fit and finish.

        • Matt

          Better than one of the undisputed industry leaders of fit and finish? Yeah sure…

  • An Existing Person

    Design alone would make me purchase this over the Model X, or any other mainstream EV for that matter.

    • Ken Lyns

      Lol the interior shots still show the side view cameras in lieu of mirrors.

      • mist

        So? You know they are legal right?

        • Ken Lyns

          Last I heard the US regs haven’t been updated to allow them (despite Elon Musk’s complaining). That’s why the exterior shots show conventional mirrors.

          • mist

            Cameras are an option, thus making mirrors the base equipment, and they are legal at least in Europe and Japan. Thus the images with cameras.

    • Sébastien

      I hope the trend of screens-on-console is over soon, it’s a glare feast.
      Hopefully the Sportback GT won’t have that, and they figure how to get decent range

  • Mr. EP9

    No thanks. I’d take a Hyundai Kona Electric instead.


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  • GobbleUp

    No surprise.
    They made huge bs claims and press drooled and extolled the end of Tesla. Morons.

    Nice try.

  • Daniela Wolf

    Considering the WLTP standard: [ km ]

    e-tron : 417

    Model X: 465

    fastest charging car: e-tron.

    • S3XY

      This makes zero sense.

      • Daniela Wolf


  • S3XY

    This is the equivalent of a Model S 60kW from 2012… but in 2019

    Remember all the specs Audi promised a year ago… LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    • nik

      Exactly what I was thinking!

  • nik

    Pretty or not, this is so disappointing in terms of range, but perhaps that’s enough for the average consumer idk

  • Dennis James

    Well…we can now see the truth about Tesla’s competition. Pretty sad, but expected, Tesla is just many years ahead.

    • Daniela Wolf

      Considering what?


      • Dennis James

        Considering the ability of an electric car to fulfill the same role as a thermal engine car. So, ultimately, considering value.

  • mist

    The 35000$ Model 3 still doesn’t exist and is far from being as luxurious and comfortable as the E-Tron, thus not comparable. And WLTP range is very good.

    • lagunas3ca

      You’re comparing the $35K Model 3 to the $75K E-Tron?

      • Matt

        He said ‘thus not comparable’?

  • Daniela Wolf

    And another german magazine claims that Model X and e-tron differ in range less than 40 kms.^^

    • This has video proof, which Model X model did they test? You know it comes with different battery sizes? I hope you are also aware that the German car industry has been busted of agreeing for nearly a decade to slow down the progress of cleaning their cars. That’s basically crime against humanity.

      • P H

        LOL. Taken too much “Kokaine”?

      • Daniela Wolf

        Nobody cares about morality.

    • Dennis James

      What would you expect a German magazine to claim ? :))

      • Daniela Wolf

        German magazines hate US cars while US magazines hate european cars.^^

        • Dennis James

          Well…not really.

  • Enter Ranting

    A jumbled, cheap-looking interior, ridiculous price AND lame range? Sign me up!

  • P H

    That’s not a test. It’s a Youtube-video made by a Tesla-biased small-time car rental from East Germany. To say it euphemistic.

  • Renowned? You mean run by VW. There are literally dozens of tests buy people that drove thousands of km’s in these cars, and you can verify the consumption of all these three and they tick. The Audi and the Jag are very thirsty in comparison with the Tesla Model X. This is just a fact, look up the numbers – e.g.: Bjørn Nyland – he does hundreds of consumptions tests.

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