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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 rapid charging for quick service-station top-ups

Overall rating

3.5 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 Audi e-tron is a large, luxurious SUV, so even though it has big batteries, at 71 and 95kWh respectively for the 50 and 55 models, its size and weight means it can’t travel as far as you might expect on a single charge. 

If you want to get the maximum range out of the e-tron, you need to go for the larger-battery 55 model, but in a low trim level (which isn’t as heavy as the top-spec ones). The most you'll see out of this model 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 and Jaguar I-Pace can travel up to 292 miles. However, the Audi does have a saving grace, which is its 150kW maximum charging capacity. A charge at this speed will top up the battery to 80% in under 40 minutes, which means it’s still decent 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 actually 83.6kWh, which is very close to that of a Jaguar I-Pace. This is because some capacity is used to maintain the battery’s health and isn’t able to 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 to 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 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.

As standard, the e-tron SUV 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 SUV models for faster AC charging speeds. The optional 22kW unit will allow you to take full advantage of the 22kW speeds certain AC fast-charging points are capable of.

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