Audi e-tron Sportback range, battery & charging

The Audi e-tron Sportback doesn't have the longest range in its class, but its ability to rapid charge at 150kW makes it an easy car to live with day-to-day

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£63,660 - £105,260
Fuel Type:
Electric
ModelRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
e-tron 50 Sportback185 miles10hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)29mins (10-80%, 140kW)
e-tron 55 Sportback241 miles13hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)38mins (10-80%, 140kW)
e-tron S Sportback216 miles13hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)38mins (10-80%, 140kW)

You’re unlikely to get near the e-tron Sportback's claimed range, apart from in near-perfect conditions. On the motorway, the car hunkers down automatically to improve aerodynamics – but there’s no avoiding the fact that at around 2,500kg, it’s a heavy thing. We’d wager 200 miles on a charge is more realistic from the 55 quattro in normal driving – perhaps slightly more if you spend most of your time in stop-start traffic.

Audi e-tron Sportback range

Audi claims the e-tron 55 Sportback will do 241 miles on a charge – providing you avoid the biggest 22-inch wheels fitted to the flagship Vorsprung version. This model suffers slightly, with predicted range dropping to 237 miles. However, in all likelihood, you can expect closer to 200 miles in normal driving – or perhaps 220 if you make the most of the regenerative braking system.

Charge time

As the e-tron 55 Sportback and e-tron S Sportback have the same 95kWh battery and charging speed, their top-up times are identical: nearly 14 hours to 100% from a 7.4kW power source, or just under nine hours if you have access to an 11kW three-phase wallbox. Maximum charging speed is 150kW, allowing for an 80% top-up in just under half an hour at a public rapid-charging point.

Audi says every e-tron has 22 litres of coolant, flowing through 40 metres of cooling lines across four coolant circuits. This, the maker claims, makes its charging system more efficient than most, allowing the car to maintain higher charging speeds than its competitors. It works, too: we saw the e-tron hold 150kW from 45-80% when hooked up to a BP Pulse point, allowing us to match Audi’s claim of an 80% charge in 30 minutes.

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