When Audi first launched the sportier version of the e-tron SUV — so originally named the Audi e-tron S — we were hopeful. Its three electric motors; two at the rear axle, one at the front; gave it a ton of performance promise. Unfortunately, it never really delivered on its promise, and is only marginally faster than the standard car, while also losing some range.
In this new video from Joe Achilles, we get to see if the power tradeoff was worth it, as he puts the Audi e-tron S to the range test by seeing how far it can go on a single charge. This test is interesting because it blends different driving styles together, to see how it can perform in real-world conditions, rather than hypermiling it; trying to eek out every last mile.
So how far was he able to go? After driving for several hours; on motorways, twisty roads, and around-town driving; Achilles was able to get 202.6 miles of total range. That’s only a bit shy of Audi’s claimed range of around 221 miles, WLTP. While that’s not great, it’s not bad, either, and proves that the e-tron S can absolutely be used on a daily basis with no issue. It can also charge quickly, too, if you can find a 150 kW-compatible charging station.
A more interesting figure the efficiency figure for Achilles’ journey. His Audi e-tron S was able to manage about 2.5 miles per kWh, which is, again, okay. Most Teslas will achieve over three miles per kWh, but 2.5 miles isn’t bad considering the fact that some of the driving was spirited driving through some twisty roads. Still, the Audi e-tron S isn’t the most efficient of EVs.
Should you get the Audi e-tron S over the standard car? Well, that depends. If you want to spend the money on the extra power and are willing to sacrifice 20-30 miles of total range for it, then sure. It’s seriously quick in a straight line, nailing 60 mph in just over four seconds, and feels quicker in the real world. Also, while its range is smaller, it’s still far more than enough for daily driving. However, if is expensive and the standard car is decently quick itself, while boasting more range. So it really just comes down to your preference.