EV Range Test: Tesla Model X Vs. Audi e-tron & Jaguar I-Pace: Video


Nothing quite like watching the triple threat of EV crossovers side-by-side on Germany’s legendary roadway.

We’ve seen plenty of comparisons of the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace. It still seems a bit strange to us, since the I-Pace is hardly comparable to the Model X. The Jaguar is in a class of its own as an electric “rally” crossover with insane off-road prowess. The Model X is more reminiscent of a high-speed minivan-like family hauler.

Since the Audi e-tron is just coming into the picture, live comparisons have been less frequent. Still, there’s no shortage of articles questioning it against the other two premium electric “SUVs.” While the e-tron is more of a traditional SUV than the I-Pace in most ways, it’s still not a large, three-row crossover like the Tesla.

It would only make sense that these small, sporty crossovers would run circles around the larger Model X when it comes to speed and range. At least, that’s what we assumed before the vehicles arrived. While we were impressed with the Jaguar and Audi at their respective premieres, neither vehicle is able to stand up to the Tesla in a number of ways.

Range is perhaps the most significant metric when it comes to EV adoption. So, nextmove, Germany’s largest EV rental company put these three battery-electric crossovers to the test.

If you’d like to read details about this test with multiple charts, follow the source link below. It’s definitely a worthy read. For now, check out the video and leave us your thoughts in the comment section below.

Video Description via nextmove on YouTube:

Range challenge: Audi etron vs Tesla Model X vs I-Pace on Autobahn | consumption test

nextmove, Germany’s leading electric car rental company, has tested the three premium electric SUVs Audi e-tron, Tesla Model X 90D and Jaguar I-Pace against each other in a direct consumption test. For this purpose, the “Big Three” of electric mobility were driven in parallel on the German Autobahn.

Source: nextmove

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18 Comments on "EV Range Test: Tesla Model X Vs. Audi e-tron & Jaguar I-Pace: Video"

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So “real world” Tesla Model X wins by a long shot because of the robust installed Tesla fast charge network.

I look forward for the eventual installation of a robust alternative fast charge network… currently that is the weak link to *all* non-Tesla EVs. Yes it’s “coming soon” but “coming soon” is a value abstraction that most consumers will significantly discount its current value.

Right on! When I started with a Model S in 2013, it was perhaps similar to what it is now for other brands. Tesla has come a long way but it has taken five years and it isn’t clear that the others can catch up on any quicker time scale than that.

Nope lost

@Will said: “Nope lost”

From video:

“….today on any given German route currently there are only a few [non-Tesla] super-fast chargers available… The winner in our eyes is clearly Tesla…”

The fact Model X is using 24kWh/100km vs 33kWh/100km+ also means your Model X has gone 1/3 more distance on the same battery charge. So not only is the eTron and iPace needing to charge more often, but couple that with lack of high speed chargers and I think Model X is well out in front.
Consider, Model X is a vehicle released in 2015, this is a pretty incredible result that 4yrs later the very large car companies haven’t actually improved on it in any substantial way.

Please do not forget that Model X is also much bigger than the other two, further increasing the efficiency gap!


Refutes yet another quote by Bob Lutz:
“Tesla has no … tech advantage, no software advantage, no battery advantage. No advantages whatsoever.” – Bob Lutz on CNBC, September 18 2018

I think their test method was flawed. The driving distance was too short (87 km) and they took energy consumption from on-board computer of each car. Reliability of on-board comuters is questionable.

The range comparison was just an estimation based on this short drive. Only real way to perform range comparison is a full range drive test.

Yeah, it was a test that centered on fast highway speed, but that does not make it flawed.

They drove at 120 to 130 KM/hr, so at that speed, aerodynamics is king.

I’m not a big fan of the full range test that you are advocating.

I prefer a series of tests:
City drive cycle which can vary greatly depending on traffic conditions, but 50 km/hr (30 miles/hr) average.
Highway at 90 km/h (56 miles/hr) with no strong head wind.
Highway at 120 km/hr (75 miles/hr), and again with no strong head wind.
And a formula used for average between the three.

Full range test is absolutely the only way to do this. In my EV the SoC % drop over distance is much higher when the battery is at a high SoC, after 50% SoC I get much better economy. This could be due to many factors, one of which is regen is higher as the SoC drops. If similar effects happen in other EV’s then you only get an appreciation of that by doing a full range test.
The test has to be as close to reproduce for each vehicle, if one test the vehicle is held up by lots of traffic and the other test it has clear 130kmh speeds, then you will not have good comparison. While minor in effect, of one vehicle is following the other vehicle significantly then drag is affected. I think that is why tests done early in the morning hours are the best as traffic and conditions are often very light at that time.

Nextmove could make a new test “driving until running out of juice” when they actually own an E-Tron-55.
Currently they have to borrow a pre-production E-Tron-55 from the Audi show-center in Munich airport, time limited to a few hours.

Look at the front of those three vehicles, and then you will understand why the Model X won, at a test speed of 120 km/hr (75 miles/hr) to 130 km/hr (81 miles/hr).

Aerodynamics is king at high speed.

Note to any EV manufacturers. Don’t design your front end like an ICE vehicle, regardless of what marketing studies of your design tell you. People tend to like what they are used to.

For example, I thought the Model 3 front end looked weird when I first saw it, but now, it feels totally normal, and I actually think it looks good.

You have to break the mold of people’s perceptions.

Some buyers don’t want an egg-shaped suv. That’s why manufacturers make a bit blockish suv to appeal the buyers.

I like that egg shape. I look at it and think what sort of cargo I can haul if I need to. I look at the iPace and eTron and think that low roof means I’m limited if I need to haul something a bit bigger than usual.
Each to their own, but I also like the idea (if optioned) that I can get 6 or 7 people into the Model X. Wouldn’t use it a lot, but great it has that option.
A car designed and built 4yrs ago, that weighs a damn sight more, is still out gunning the newest EV’s the big boys can bring to the table. Who cares about looks, it’s the performance that is key with EV’s for me.

“Who cares about looks, it’s the performance that is key with EV’s for me.”

Couldn’t agree more.

Most buyers are not like you. This explains why model X sales have already started on a declining trend and the 75D version has been discontinued.

I’m British, but to me the Jag is Fugly, the Audi better but bland. I like the Model X best in appearance.