Audi against the rest of the world is our topic today. We test the Audi e-tron against the competition. There were several tests with the Audi e-tron done by nextmove but also the magazine 'Auto Motor Sport'. and the results were contradictory. So, today we want to know exactly. We have two Audi e-tron with identical wheels, we have two Tesla Model X 100D driven by owners who know how to drive it efficiently because they are driving the car for some years. Also in the test: two Hyundai Kona one Tesla Model S 100D and one Tesla Model 3 We are looking forward to the resuts.
So join us for the test ride. How it's supposed to go? We drive the first round with 130 kph (81mph). the second round with 150 kph (93 mph). Board computers will be resested to 0 on my command via walkie-talkie. Suspension level, if available, is set to low.
Drive mode is set to chill/eco and regen is turned off if possible or set to low. And it is only used in case we really need it. Cruise control is switched on only after the cruise speed has been reached. We will accelerate as softly as possible. and only after the envisaged speed is reached, cruise control or autopilot is switched on. In case of speed limites or exits, the speed is reduced early – that means siwth to N or only with very low regen.
Target for all cars is: maximum efficiency! This is the only way to ensure comparability. Right now we have 8 degrees celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) – The sun's just coming out. On the way to get here we have preheated the cars a bit. That means we now switch off heating and ventilation. If you feel cold -switch on the seat heating, that makes almost no difference. Now, board computer reset, let's roll! Accelerating softly. it rolls great! Wheather is nice – the sun came out. Last night there was a bridge demolition on the Autobahn. That is why today we are driving our test track the other way around than usually. We have a little more distance in the motorway intersections, but nothing that will have an effect on the results. We have a free road ahead of us, no trucks on Sunday, three lanes on the Autoabahn. Partly, we're losing sight of each other. the cars driving 200 to 300 yards apart Of course, we want to avoid slipstream effects. It's realy rolling very well. In the background you see first analysis talks.
We've moved the destination, because of the highway blockade. All cars arrived well here – we were connected by walkie-talkies all the time. We have photopraphed all board computers at the same spot. So no parking and going back and forth. Immediatlely after we left the Autobahn we took the values. Both Model X with almost the identical consumption – but details will follow later. We now allign on the second trip with 150 kph (93 mph). The board computers in all cars are reseted. Let's go for the second round. Two Model X in front of me. The others are coming. This is how the Audi e-tron sounds at a speed of 150 km/h. We have switched cars I am now driving the Audi with the digital camera mirrors. The difference between the speedometer and the GPS is very low – only 2 kph at constant speed. Now we come to the analysis of the whole test drive.
We have crunched the numbers and made some notes! The initial situation: Our first test with the Audi e-tron against the Tesla Model X and the Jaguar I-PACE took place at the Airport Munich. You find the link to the video in the desciption box. The result was 23% more consumption of the Audi e-tron compared to the Tesla Model X. At that time we only had 1 hour time for the test.
In the meantime we got to know the Audi better. And we were not the only ones who were testing the etron. Also 'Audi Motor sport' tested the two cars in a direct comparison. Their result was that the two cars were equal in consumption in the city/country drive. And on the Autobahn the Audi e-tron had only 6% higher consumption against the Tesla Model X. And we had 23%! So nextmove wanted to repeat the test! namely the Audi e-tron and the Model X, were double staffed. We did that to check the human factor and check the test set up. So it was of particular interst to see if the two Tesla and the two Audi consume the same. Let's take a closer look on the vehicles and our test drive.
Hello, I am Friedman. I drive the Hyundai Kona on 17 inch tires. I am handling car operations at nextmove I am Thoralf. I drive a Model 3 with 19 inch summer tires. I have rented several EVs at nextmove and I'm happy to be part of the test today. Hello – I am Daniel. I drive an BMW i3 since 4 years. Previously, I have done a transfer ride for nextmove before. Today for the test, I drive a red Hyundai Kona with 17 inch winter tires. Hello, my name is Thomas. I drive electric since 2016. My first Model X didn't come right away. So I was forced to rent a car for another 2 months. I was one of the first customers of nextmove in the meantime I drive the second Model X,
nowadays a Model X 100D.
That is the car I'm taking the test with today. And I am driving on 19 inch winter tires. Hello, I am Thomas, I am an organic farmer
from the city Halle. I drive electric vehicles since three years,
the first ones I rented from nextmove. I drive my Tesla Model X 100D with 20 inch summer tires (not 19 inch as said). I am Stefan – today I drive Audi e-tron.
First round with conventionell mirrors and second round with digital camera mirrors. Both cars are on identical tires – 21 inch wheels with summer tires. Hello, my name is Oliver.
I am one of the nextmove founders. Since 2015 I drive electric ,
pretty much alle EVs in our fleet. Yesterday I drove the Audi e-tron for the first time. I drove it for the entire day, to be able to move it as efficiently as possible. I am very curious how the test will turn out today. Of course there were instruction announcements
beforehand how to drive which settings have been made on the car. to leave human factor and acceleration out of the equation as far as possible to drive as constantly and foresightedly as possible Our test track was exceptionally no closed motorway ring around Leipzig because there was a full closure due to a bridge being demolished, they weren't finished on time.
Which means we had a little deviation but the round was almost closed and there were no altitude differences. Usually, we drive rounds to avoid altitude differences but also to take the factor wind out of the game. If you finish where you started the wind effects sum up to zero. Of course also strong side winds lead to higher consumption, but it was not windy. We drove the first round with 130 kph (81 mph). if possible due to traffic conditions. we have started the distance measurement for all cars at the same point, before entering the Autobahn. We measured the exact distance for each car, in order to compare the cars against each other also in this aspect. On the Autobahn I reseted the GPS speed and distance in order to measure the exact average speed on the Autobahn.
The average speed on the first round was 115 kph (71 mph). The second round the limit was set to 150 kph (93 mph) as long as traffic allowed it. The average speed accoriding to GPS was
approximately 130 kph (81 mph). – so we have excluded speedometer deviations by the cars and took the GPS value. When we arrived at the destination we took screenshots from the on-board computers. It was interesting to see differences in the traveled distance of up to 3.6 km (2.2 mi) Of course slight deviations can occur when the motorway has elongated curves. depeding on if your are driving on the left or right lane According to Google Maps the rounds were 84.7 km (52 mi) and 85.3 km (53 mi) Due to possible lane change devitations, we have rounded up the values.
Based on this values we have compared the cars with each other. Let's first have a look at the raw material . You see here the screen shots of the on-board computers. On the first round the consumption was between 183 Wh/km and 290 Wh/km (295 to 467 Wh/mi) In round two the values were between 208 and 316 Wh/km (335 to 509 Wh/mi) however with the reservation, that there were different track lengths according to the on-board computers.
We have leveled all data to 85 km for the first round and 85.5 km for the second round The cars measure the consumption but since the distances differ considerably, We calculated the average consumption based on the actual driven distance. So we corrected the consumption values and calculated the following results. For the first round with maximum 130 kph (81mph) we have the following values: Tesla Model 3 18.5 kWh/100 km (29.8 kWh/100mi) Tesla Model S 20.4 kWh/100 km (32.8 kWh/100 mi) Hyunda Kona with summer tires 19.1 kWh (30.8 kWh/100mi) Hyunda Kona with winter tires 20.7 kWh (33.3 kWh/100mi) Tesla Model X 100D 23.8 kWh (38.3 kWh/100mi) Tesla Model X 100D 23.8 kWh and 24.1 kWh (38.3 and 38.8 kWh/100mi) And Audi e-tron 27.5 and 28.4 kWh/100km (44.3 and 45.7 kWh/100 mi).
All values are kWh/100 km. And for the second round, the maximum speed was 150 kph (93 mph) with an average of 130 kph (81 mph). We drove large parts at 150 kph but there was also a construction site with speed limit. The values are: Tesla Model 3 20.9 kWh/100 km (33.7 kWh/100 mi). Tesla Model S 22.9 kWh/100 km (36.9 kWh/100 mi). Hyundai Kona 21.7 and 23.6 kWh/100 km (34.9 and 38.0 kWh/100 mi). Tesla Model X 27.2 and 27.4 kWh/100 km (43.8 and 44.1 kWh/100 mi). And the two Audi e-tron 30.3 and 30.8 kWh/100 km (48.8 and 49.6 kWh/100 mi).
Let's take a closer look on the big cars. namely the two Audi e-tron and the two Tesla Model X. In this charts we have averaged the values of the two cars. In round one, the two Audi e-tron consumed 17% more than the two Tesla Model X. And in the second round 10% This is considerably more than the 6% that Auto Motor Sport measured in their test. We measured a much larger gap in our test. Then there were interesting consumption differences for each vehicle between round one and two.
So how high is the difference in consumption
between slow and fast driving? The two Model X are at 13 and 15% (average 14 %) higher consumption in faster second round
compared to the first round. the Hyundai kona are at 14% Tesla Model 3 at 13% Tesla Model S at 12%. The values are so far clear and plausible. SUV have a higher drag and
with faster driving this has a stronger effect. But surpise, surprise: The two Audi e-tron consumed only 9% more in the second round! That's surprising! The data is very clear here. Apparently, the Audi realy seems to increase less in consumption at higher speeds, compared to the other vehicles in our test.
The drag of the Audi e-tron seems to be not so bad as thought. Drag coefficient and front surface are therefore crucial. both parameters are decisive. Looking at the picture of our starting line-up and comparing the Audi e-tron and the Model X next to each other you can guess it a little bit, that the Model X have a large front surface compared to the Audi e-tron. But that doesn't explain the differences to the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model 3. In this respect, the drive train of the audi etron
must also have an influence. Otherwise the differences could not be explained. This does not mean that the drive train of the audi e-tron is better. But that the optimum drive may be in a different area. and that therefore consumption increases less at higher speeds compared to other cars. But I have to clearly say it again: the high mass has to be moved constantly in order to achieve a bearable consumption.
We succeeded in this in the test! We would certainly have had different results at the same time on a Monday morning, due to traffic. The Audi e-tron weighs without driver 2620 kg (5776 pound) and thus 130 kg (287 pounds) more than in the registration papers. We measured the car on two scales. not just on one scale but on two scales and had a difference of only 10 kg (22 pounds). So now we have lots of nice values: kilowatt hours, percent, fast drive, slow drive presented in different charts. But what does this mean for the range? That is what people are interested in. Not just how efficient is the car, but how far can I drive? Of course the size of the battery
is relevant to answer this question. So we have calculated the range for each car far the cars would drive at the respective speed level on the Autobahn. At 130 kph (81 mph) Autobahn speed the Hyundai Kona is good for 322 km (200 mi). Tesla Model 3: 406 km (252 mi) Audi e-tron: 301 km (187 mi). Tesla Model S 100D takes the lead with 480 km (298 mi).
And the Tesla Model X 100D 409 km (254 mi). So the Model X 100D travels roughly 100 km ( 62 mi) further than the Audi e-tron on the Autobahn. At higher speeds of 150 kph (93 mph): The Hyundai Kona travels 283 km (176 mi) on the Autobahn. Tesla Model 3: 358 km (223 mi). Audi e-tron: 275 km (171 mi). Tesla Model S 100D takes again the lead with 428 km (266 mi). and the Tesla Model X 100D: 359 km (223 mi). At this point we have to point out once again – we had shown it earlier, when the vehicles were introduced – the Audi e-tron were equipped with 21 inch wheels and thus larger than the Tesla Model X.
There are different calculation bases to take that into account. If you look at the Audi homepage range calculator you can play arround with several parameters The shwon values are more or less in line with our measured test results. So according to Audi, the difference between 21 and 20 inch wheels is quoted with 10 km (6 mi) per 100km for e-tron. But Tesla is not finished yet. Tesla announced in April, that they have increased the efficiency of the vehicles even further. Already in June, these vehicles will be delivered to German customers. Model X and S should get 10% more range for the same battery capacity on the basis of increased efficiency. Then we'd be back to 23% difference. We hope that this is an exciting video for you.
All data is accessible for you on our webpage www.nextmove.de. There you find all screen shoots, the google maps, charts and calculations for download in English. You will also find a table with all raw data This was'nt the last exciting test of nextmove I also hope we could set a new benchmark. if there are contradictory opinions or contradictory test results then it's best to send two cars into a test, and not just comparing one car to the other but to validate your own test with two cars of the same type. I hope that we succeeded well in this and it was vivid for you. If you liked it please leave a thumbs up and share the video If you have an opinion about the video please feel free to write us in the comments (English comments show us that subtitles are indeed read 🙂 if you are interested in exciting comparison rides then subscribe to our channel. Till the next video, bye! Thomas, do you want to drive the e-tron? No! No interest! I would like to thank the nextmovers and test drivers who took part in this test.