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 numbers, 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 single charge – providing you avoid the very biggest 22-inch wheels fitted to the flagship Vorsprung version. These models suffer slightly, with predicted range dropping slightly to just 237 miles. However, in all likelihood, you can expect a figure closer to 200 miles in normal driving – or perhaps 220 miles if you make the most of the e-tron’s clever regenerative braking system. Still, that shouldn’t be an issue for most drivers, especially if you plan to utilise the car’s reliable rapid-charge capabilities.
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’ve access to an 11kW three-phase wallbox. Its maximum charging speed is 150kW, allowing for an 80% top-up in just under half an hour at a public rapid charge 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, allowing the car to maintain higher charging speeds than its main competitors. It works, too: we saw the e-tron hold its 150kW maximum from 45-80% when hooked up to one of BP Pulse's rapid charge points, allowing us to comfortably achieve Audi’s claims of an 80% charge in 30 minutes.
As standard, the e-tron Sportback is equipped with an 11kW on-board charger, however, as of June 2021, an optional 22kW on-board charger is available on all e-tron Sportback models for faster AC charging speeds. The optional 22kW unit will allow you to take full advantage of the 22kW speeds certain AC fast charge points are capable of.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi e-tron electric SUV now has a coupe-style 'Sportback' variant – but is it worth paying more for?
- 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 charging, which will cost you
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Audi e-tron Sportback feels like a heavy and cumbersome car to drive; relaxing, but not that much fun
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortIt’s hard to find fault with the e-tron Sportback’s cabin – it feels beautifully built and there’s loads of tech on offer
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe e-tron Sportback is a big car, which means the compromises you’ll have to make 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