Audi e-tron range, battery and charging

The Audi e-tron gets impressive rapid-charging capability, but we'd expect better real-world range given the large battery

Range Battery size Wallbox charging time Fast charge time
259 miles 95kWh 13 hours 30 mins

The Audi e-tron's 248-mile independently tested range is adequate but a bit disappointing given the size of the battery. The Mercedes EQC has a smaller 80kWh battery but manages 259 miles of range, while the Jaguar I-Pace records 292 miles. Like the Jaguar, it can charge rapidly at 150kW, but a dearth of such stations in the UK right now means you're restricted to slower 50kW charging, which should top up the battery to 80% in about 90 minutes.

Audi e-tron range

The Audi e-tron returned a range of 248 miles in official WLTP, compared to a range of 292 miles for the Jaguar I-Pace. However, we've driven both of these cars extensively in the UK and found that the e-tron will manage a real-world range of some 200 miles, and the Jaguar is actually not much better, managing around 210 miles over varied roads in mild weather. 

Charge time

The Audi e-tron has the potential to charge very quickly indeed, as it's capable of charging at speeds of to 150kW - faster than the Mercedes EQC's maximum charging capacity of 110kW. That'll take the battery to 80% capacity in around 30 minutes. The problem is, 150kW chargers are currently few and far between in the UK, so you'll have to rely on 50kW units while out and about for the time being. That means a top-up time more like 90 minutes.

You can also charge the e-tron at home, of course; a standard 7kW wallbox will charge the e-tron in around 13 hours, and working in conjunction with an energy provider's 'smart meter', charging can be scheduled for when electricity is at its cheapest.

Battery warranty

Like Jaguar, Audi guarantees its electric vehicles' batteries for eight years or 100,000 miles; whichever comes first. That's on top of the standard manufacturer warranty of three years/60,000 miles, which covers the rest of the car. Unfortunately, there's no guarantee of battery performance, as there is with Mercedes, which promises to replace the batteries in its EQC electric SUV if they drop below 70% of the as-new performance within eight years.