VIDEO: Is the Audi e-tron S Sportback Faster than the Tesla Model X?

When it comes to electric car performance, Tesla is still king. Sure, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S is faster than the Tesla Model S but it’s nearly double the price. But what about the Tesla Model X, is there any electric SUV that’s quicker? What about the Audi e-tron S Sportback? In this video, Carwow finds out.


As it turns out, the answer both is yes and no. The Audi e-tron S Sportback is the tri-motor car, with two electric motors at the back and one at the front, helping it make a whopping 429 horsepower and 595 lb-ft of torque. However, for eight seconds, there’s an available boost mode, that bumps power to 496 horsepower and 717 lb-ft.

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In boost mode, it can hustle from 0-60 mph in a Carwow-tested 3.9 seconds. That’s seriously quick for a massive SUV that weighs well over 5,000 lbs. Plus, the ground was slippery in Carwow’s test.


So is that faster than a Tesla Model X? Well, it’s faster than many of the Model X models but it’s not faster than the top-of-the-line P100D version, which can hit 60 mph in 3.0 seconds flat. However, the Tesla Model X P100D starts at around £136,800 (it’s about $150,000 USD), while the Audi e-tron S Sportback starts at around £86,000 Euros ($119,000 USD). So the Audi is quite a bit cheaper, helping to make up for the fact that it’s slower.

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Is it worth the extra premium over the standard Audi e-tron Sportback, though? According to Carwow’s Mat Watson, no. The sportier e-tron S Sportback isn’t so much faster than the standard car that it’s worth the extra money, especially because it doesn’t feel much sportier on the road. So Watson says to “Avoid” the e-tron S Sportback but “Shortlist” the standard e-tron Sportback, as it’s already a great electric luxury SUV that’s quick enough to be fun and also a lot cheaper than the ‘S’ model.


Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.