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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

ModelRangeBattery sizeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
e-tron 50176-198 miles71kWh10hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)26mins (10-80%, 125kW)
e-tron 55230-254 miles95kWh13hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)38mins (10-80%, 155kW)
e-tron S213-232 miles95kWh13hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)27mins (10-80%, 140kW)

The Audi e-tron may have some big batteries on board, at 71 and 95kWh respectively for the 50 and 55 models, but it's also really heavy and this negatively impacts range. The longest-range version of the e-tron is a low-spec 55 model (higher-spec cars are even heavier), which can manage 254 miles of range at most, according to official tests.

The Mercedes EQC has a smaller 80kWh battery but manages 259 miles of range, while the Jaguar I-Pace records 292 miles. One aspect that future-proofs the e-tron is its 150kW maximum charging capacity. More and more stations of this speed are coming online every month, although you're still more likely to find 50kW charging in the UK right now. Even that can still take the Audi's battery to 80% in about an hour and 15 minutes.

Audi e-tron range

Official range figures aren't easy to pin down as small differences in spec can change them slightly, but you can expect somewhere in the region of 180 miles for the 50 model, 240 miles for the 55 version and 220 miles for the high-performance S.

As with most electric cars, the e-tron keeps some of its battery capacity in reserve to help extend the battery's life, which means the e-tron 55 has a usable battery capacity of 83.6kWh, which is very close to the usable capacity of the I-Pace. This means you can expect similar real-world ranges in both, which amounts to around 210 miles in our experience with a 2019 model.

Charge time

The e-tron has the potential to charge very quickly indeed, as it's capable of charging at speeds of to 150kW – faster than the EQC's maximum capacity of 110kW and the I-Pace's top charging speed of 100kW. That'll take the battery from 20-80% capacity in around 30 minutes.

You can also charge the e-tron at home; 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.

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