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
|Model||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|e-tron 50 Sportback||185 miles||10hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||29mins (10-80%, 140kW)|
|e-tron 55 Sportback||241 miles||13hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||38mins (10-80%, 140kW)|
|e-tron S Sportback||216 miles||13hrs 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.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictIs the less practical but more stylish Sportback coupe variant of Audi's e-tron electric SUV worth the higher asking price?
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingThe 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
- 3Running costs & insuranceCharging at home is cheapest, but many e-tron Sportback buyers will want to make use of the car's 150kW rapid-charging capability
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Audi e-tron Sportback feels quite heavy and cumbersome car to drive; it's relaxing, but not that much fun
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortIt's very hard to find fault with the e-tron Sportback's cabin – it feels beautifully built and there's loads of technology on offer
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe e-tron Sportback is a big car, which means the compromises you have to make inside for that cool sloping roofline are minimal
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Audi e-tron has been around for a couple of years now, so the the technology underpinning this Sportback variant should be reliable