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 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

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

It's all about the range and comfort

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.


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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