The Audi e-tron was built to challenge the Tesla Model X — I drove the all-electric SUVs to see how they stack up (TSLA)

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I compared an $89,000 Audi e-tron SUV and a Tesla Model X, now selling for about $100,000.
The Model X has been the premier electric SUV in the market since 2015. The e-tron was touted as a challenger.
But the e-tron has far less range than the Model X, and depending on trim levels, the e-tron can end up costing more than the Tesla.
It’s tough to argue against the Model X, even though the exotic SUV is getting on in years, and has some flaws.

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When it comes to electric vehicles, everybody is chasing Tesla.

But what does that really mean? Well, Tesla has, in about five years, become the dominant luxury EV company, outselling competitors by a healthy margin. 

That doesn’t mean the competition is giving up. One of the more exciting recent contestants was the Audi e-tron, which combined German luxury engineering with a familiar design and an EV powertrain when it went on sale last year.

I’ve driven the Model X several times, and recently got behind the wheel of the e-tron. Naturally, I had to compare the two.

Here’s how it went:

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Let’s get the party started with the Audi e-tron. This 2019 example arrived in my driveway wearing a handsome “Daytona Gray” paint job — $600 extra. The base price was $74,800, but the as-tested cost was $89,190, after quite a few options entered the picture.

Read the review.

The e-tron is slightly larger than the Q5, the marque’s all-important mid-size SUV, and seats five. A distinguishing feature for the e-tron — one of its few electric tells — are the 21-inch, five-spoke wheels with orange brake calipers.

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A distinguishing feature for the e-tron — one of its few electric tells — are the 21-inch, five-spoke wheels, with orange brake calipers.passengers. The wheels part of a $4,900 “Edition One” package, meaning my tester was one of just 999 vehicles built for the series. I didn’t particularly care for them.

The Audi design template is the most obvious right upfront. Of course, the all-electric e-tron doesn’t technically require a grille, but it has one. Almost-invisible badging appears beneath the famous four rings, a reminder that this vehicle has Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system.

The back of an SUV is rarely an attractive thing, but Audi’s rear ends are better than most, including VW Group stablemate Porsche’s.

Cargo capacity is excellent: 27 cubic feet with the second row up, 57 cubic feet with the second row dropped. That’s better than the Q5.

The interior was a stock Audi black. It supports Audi’s minimalist approach to luxury. The front seats were Valcona leather, heated and cooled, part of a $7,000 “Prestige” package.

The rear seats are a roomy bench design. The legroom is adequate, and a $900 “Cold Weather” package added heaters, plus a preconditioning protocol to warm up the entire cabin.

The multifunction, leather-wrapped steering wheel is a standard on luxury vehicles these days, but Audi adds its “Virtual Cockpit” technology, which can …read more

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