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Audi e-tron range, battery and charging

While the Audi e-tron's range isn't the best in its class, it offers decent rapid-charging speeds for quick top-ups

Overall rating

3.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

3.0 out of 5

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 e-tron is a large and luxurious SUV, so even though it has big batteries – 71 and 95kWh respectively for the 50 and 55 models – its size and weight means it won't travel as far as you'd expect on a charge. 

If you want to get maximum range out of the e-tron, you need to go for the larger-battery 55 model, but in a lower trim level (which aren't as heavy as the top-spec ones). The most you'll see out of this version is 254 miles, which means it falls behind others models of its type, as well as many cheaper alternatives.

For example, the Mercedes EQC has a smaller 80kWh battery, but will manage 259 miles, while the Jaguar I-Pace can travel up to 292 miles on a charge. However, the Audi does have a saving grace, which is its 150kW rapid-charging capacity. A charge at this speed will top up the battery to 80% capacity in under 40 minutes, which means it’s still useful for longer trips.

Audi e-tron range

The exact range figures for each version of the e-tron aren’t concrete, and in fact they change quite often as Audi updates its cars software and equipment offerings. What we can say is that the 50 model has around 190 miles of range, the 55 model can go for about 240 miles and the performance-focused S version has about 220 miles of range on a charge.

The actual usable battery capacity of the 55 model is 83.6kWh, which is very close to that of a Jaguar I-Pace. The discrepancy is because some capacity is set aside in order to maintain battery health and can't be used for driving – as is the case with every electric car. What this means is that you should expect a similar range in the real world as the I-Pace – around 220 miles in the 55 model, in our experience.

Charge time

The e-tron has the potential to charge very quickly indeed, as it's capable of up to 150kW – faster than the EQC's maximum capacity of 110kW and the I-Pace's top 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 fill the battery 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.

As standard, the e-tron has an 11kW on-board charger. However, as of June 2021, an optional 22kW setup is available, allowing you to take advantage of the 22kW speed certain AC charging points are capable of.

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