2019 Audi E-Tron vs. Its Competition

2019 Audi E-tron  -  first drive report  -  Calirornia, May 2019
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

In this very limited crop of all-electric SUVs and crossovers that are family-sized, the e-tron is the only entry that truly feels like a luxury vehicle and up to the task of hauling a family of four or five, with space to spare for groceries, suitcases, or camping equipment.

It’s not as quick in straight-line acceleration than the Jaguar I-Pace or Tesla Model X, or as sporty as a Jaguar I-Pace, but it makes up for those tenths of a second in day-to-day livability.

It rides much better than either of those possibilities and has a far quieter cabin—one that feels better thought-through than that of the I-Pace and more plush and luxurious than the Model X.

While the e-tron goes farther on a charge than the I-Pace, its range and energy efficiency don’t quite rival the Tesla; for the time being its CCS-format DC fast chargers are few and far between in the speediest 150-kW power level, too.

Tesla aside, there are no other family-sized electric utility vehicles on the U.S.

market today, but the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (actually a plug-in) is one worth considering; it will go 32 miles on a charge and has a roomy, comfortable interior that could bear a luxury badge.

This field will fill up next year with the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz EQC and perhaps the BMW iX3.

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The 2019 Audi E-Tron is the way for families to go fully electric in a familiar and very luxurious package.
The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is a safe pick for families with versatile seating, a spacious cargo area, and relatively good fuel economy.
The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace tackles the Tesla question with a direct challenge: It's a better-looking Model X rival with a more traditional kind of prestige attached.
The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander is a solid option outside of the usual crossover SUV choices but is often forgotten for a reason.
The 2019 Tesla Model X is no longer the only all-electric SUV you can buy this year. It’s swift, pleasant to travel in, and relatively practical, save for its somewhat silly doors.
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18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
ElectricRegular Unleaded V-6ElectricRegular Unleaded I-4Electric
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Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD2WD MinivansSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
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Premium Plus quattroL FWDS AWDSE FWDStandard Range AWD *Ltd Avail*
All WheelFront Wheel DriveAll WheelFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel
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Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
quattro Sport UtilityPassenger VanSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticCVT w/ODAutomatic
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