Which is Better, the Audi E-Tron or the Tesla Model S?
The Tesla Model S sedan is a top electric vehicle for drivers who want a powerful car with an exceptional range. The Audi e-tron fully electric SUV gives drivers a smooth, elegant driving experience. Learn more.
Comparing the Audi e-tron to the Tesla Model S is like comparing apples to oranges. Both are high-quality luxury electric vehicles. But each of these LEVs offers a unique set of advantages over the other. The Tesla Model S is one of the most powerful electric sedans on the market. The Audi e-tron, on the other hand, is a durable and luxurious electric SUV – and Ray Catena Auto Group has the resources to help you get the most out of a new e-tron. Here is a comparison of the two in certain key categories.
Speed and Horsepower
When it comes to top speed, a sedan will always top an SUV. But speed and horsepower are both hallmarks of the Tesla Model S series. The standard Model S offers 670 horsepower and speeds up to 155 MPH. But it’s the Tesla Model S Plaid that really excels in terms of speed. According to Tesla, the Plaid has over 1000 horsepower and can reach speeds up to 200 MPH. This makes it the fastest electric vehicle available by a comfortable margin.
The Audi e-tron is a strong SUV in its own right. With 402 horsepower and 124 MPH maximum speed, the e-tron is a capable vehicle that any driver can enjoy.
The Tesla Model S is once again an industry leader in terms of range. According to the manufacturer, the Model S can travel up to 396 miles on a single charge. Very few other LEVs have a charge range above 300. That level of range makes “range anxiety” irrelevant in most cases. Even on the longest road trips, the Model S will need to make very few stops to recharge.
Audi e-tron drivers can still enjoy exceptional range for an electric SUV, getting up to 222 miles per charge. SUVs tend to have a lower range than sedans in most cases. Most drivers who choose the e-tron over the Model S are likely not prioritizing charge range.
Design and Comfort
Both the Tesla Model S and the Audi e-tron are among the most advanced LEVs in design and technology. Saying that one design is better than the other is like splitting hairs. Both have highly advanced cabin features like large display touch screens, wireless CarPlay capabilities, and advanced cabin climate control. However, where the e-tron (and most Audi models) excels is in its handling and driving capabilities. The e-tron’s precise steering, all-wheel drive, and exceptionally responsive brakes place it among the smoothest, safest EVs on the road.
Like most Tesla vehicles, the Model S comes with a steep (but worthwhile) price tag of $99,990. The Audi e-tron starts at a much more modestly priced $65,900, making it one of the best value LEVs on the market.
The competition between the Audi e-tron and Tesla Model S really comes down to preference. The Model S may appeal to those looking for a sleek and powerful electric sedan. But if you’re looking for a strong and reliable SUV, you won’t find many vehicles better than the Audi e-tron.
Ray Catena is a leading dealer of luxury electric vehicles in the New York/New Jersey area. Visit your local Ray Catena Audi dealership to take home a brand new e-tron. Or continue reading to learn more about LEVs.