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 (WLTP)  Battery size Wallbox charging time Fast charge time
248 miles 95kWh 12hrs (to 100%) 30mins (to 80%)

The Audi e-tron's 248-mile official 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.

It can rapid-charge at 150kW, but a dearth of such stations in the UK right now means you'll be lucky to find a station that can deliver that charging speed. It's normally only 50kW charging on offer at most motorway services in the UK, which will 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 tests, 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 192 miles, and the Jaguar is actually not much better, managing around 212 over varied roads in mild weather.

This is in part due to the fact – as with most electric cars – the e-tron keeps some of its battery capacity in reserve to help extend the battery's life. The e-tron has a usable battery capacity of 83.6kWh, which is very close to the usable capacity of the I-Pace. 

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 capacity of 110kW and the Jaguar's top charging speed of 100kW. That'll take the battery from 20-80% capacity in around 30 minutes.

The problem is that 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 12 hours and cost around £11 at the average domestic tariff of 13p/kWh. Of course, charging can be scheduled for off-peak hours, when you could halve that cost by taking advantage of cheaper tariffs.

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 both Mercedes and Jaguar, both of which promise to replace the batteries if they drop below 70% of the as-new performance within eight years.