Tesla Model X vs Audi e-tron: Who comes out on top?

Tesla and Audi are shaping up to be two of the biggest rivals in the future of electric driving. We take a look at how their fully-electric, luxury SUV's compare.

October 16, 2019

Tesla and Audi took a wildly different road to arrive on the EV scene. Born electric in 2003, Tesla won over the early adopters and is now moving into the mainstream. On the other hand, Audi was founded in 1909 and has a long legacy of producing luxury petrol and diesel vehicles. The 2019 e-tron is Audi's first all-electric mass-production model.

Starting from €969

Audi e-tron 55 quattro

The e-tron is powered by a 700 kg 95-kWh battery pack, and the range comes in at 411 km. The e-tron claims a top speed of 200 km/h, but switch on the "boost mode" and you can accelerate from 0 to 100 in just 5.7 seconds without breaking a sweat.

  • Seats: 5
  • Boot space: 660 litres
  • Range: 411 km
  • Top speed: 200 km/h
  • Seat comfort: Premium
  • Smooth & silent drive: ++++
  • Fast charge time (150 kW): 30 mins
Starting from €1.228

Tesla Model X Long Range

Behind the wheel of the Tesla Model X, you can get from 0 to 100 km/h in an impressive 4.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 km/h. The X boasts between 475 km and 505 km, depending on which drivetrain option you choose.

  • Seats: 5 or upgrade to 7
  • Boot space: 2180 litres
  • Range: 505 km
  • Top speed: 250 km/h
  • Seat comfort: Standard
  • Smooth & silent drive: +++
  • Fast charge time (150 kW): 40 mins

 

It's all about the range and comfort

When it comes to charging, Tesla decided to go its own way. They built a comprehensive charging network of 1,604 Supercharging Stations across Europe, North America and Asia. Tesla drivers turn up, plug in, and get to 80% charged in just 40 minutes. With a 150 kWh DC fast charger, the e-tron recharges to 80% in just 30 minutes. But it's more likely your route will take you past a 50 kWh charger, in that case top-up time is around 90 minutes.

Both vehicles have dual electric motors, one-speed transmissions, and four-wheel drive. The Audi e-tron has a boot capacity of 660 litres coming in significantly less than the Model X with 2180 litres of boot storage. The Model X also has a 7-passenger option, and falcon-wing-doors - a convenient design if you're parking in tight urban spaces. Inside, the Model X and e-tron both come with heated and cooled seats, but, so far, only Audi's offers a massage function as an extra option.

Conclusion

So, who's the winner? If you want superior drivetrain, ride comfort and impress with the already iconic falcon doors, then the Tesla Model X is for you. Additionally, between its Superchargers and Destination chargers, Tesla has the best infrastructure. On the other hand, if you're nervous about leaving your petrol guzzler behind, driving an e-tron might put you at ease. It's a super smooth, roomy, and beautifully designed SUV with the Audi stamp of approval.

All in all, both are beautifully designed and roomy SUV's, quieter and a lot more sustainable than their oil-burning equivalents. So whether you choose to drive the Tesla Model X or Audi e-tron, it's a win-win for you, your family and the planet.

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