See how the new Audi e-tron electric SUV compares to competitors from Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Tesla


The Audi brand has long-been electrifying, but now it's taking that phrase quite literally! Our favorite German luxury automaker is joining the alternative game with their first fully-electric SUV - the Audi e-tron - and they've proven that these vehicles can be edgy and desirable.

While it's not unusual to see a luxury electric model silently cruising the San Francisco streets, we think the Audi e-tron will stand out and quickly be a leader in the segment. Here's how it compares to competitors from Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Tesla. We'll look at the horsepower, range, style, and price.


Just because a vehicle is electric doesn't mean you can't have fun when you're behind the wheel, so look to the luxury brands if you want to enjoy our electric travels around Palo Alto and beyond!

The Audi e-tron has 300 kw, which equals 402 horsepower. This beats the Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e's 315-horsepower engine. It's also worth noting that the GLC is plug-in hybrid, and not 100% electric. Up next is the Jaguar I-Pace, and this model is completely electric. Its 394-horsepower electric engine comes closer to the Audi e-tron, but it's still nipping at its wheels. The Tesla Model X has been around for several years, and the seven-seater has an engine that produces 518 horsepower.


Range matters when shopping for an electric SUV, and with the Audi e-tron you can go up to 259 miles on a full charge. Of course, these are EPA estimated ratings and they can skew lower depending on road conditions and your driving habits. That said, reviewing these numbers is important and gives you an estimate of how far you can travel.

  • Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e: it's hard to find exact numbers for the all-electric range of the GLC 350e, but something to remember is that you'll have backup with the gasoline engine once you've gone through all the electric power. In a place that doesn't have a lot of charging stations, we might encourage shoppers to look at a plug-in hybrid over an all-electric model, but California has no shortage of them, and we think you can easily go all-in on the all-electric Audi e-tron.
  • Jaguar I-Pace: just like with its horsepower specs, the Jaguar I-Pace is right behind the Audi e-tron with a range of 234 miles. Even if you don’t drive a lot, the nearly 30-mile difference is noticeable.
  • Tesla Model X: the Tesla Model X can go up to 295 miles, and it's a range that reigns over the entire segment.


It's okay to admit that style matters, especially when you're shelling out for a luxury electric SUV. True, these statements are subjective and what some might love others might detest, but we'll make some general statements about the stylings of these three models.

  • Audi e-tron: we love our Audi e-tron, and not just because it rides under our 4-ring brand. Its got a sharp look thanks the ample character lines, and it cuts an athletic figure that'll appeal to many drivers. For extra style, we suggest the to Prestige trim with its massive and eye-catching wheels. We also like that the Audi e-tron doesn't scream electric vehicle, as we think it's important for electric models to not be so out there if we want more people to start buying and leasing them. If you're looking for something fresh to drive around San Mateo, the Audi e-tron is a worthwhile pick.
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e: this plug-in hybrid is styled the same as its gasoline counterparts, and like the Audi e-tron the GLC 350e doesn't have a look that is sci-fi. Like many Mercedes-Benz SUVS, the smooth looks are a bit subdued and don't really stand out, so if you want a vehicle with edge, the GLC 350e is probably going to be too soft for your liking.
  • Jaguar I-Pace: the Jaguar I-Pace definitely stands out, but we think it runs the risk of being a little too polarizing. It looks a bit like something you'd see in a future-world movie, which might appeal to some but not everyone. Also, when you catch the Jaguar I-Pace from the side you'll either love or hate the tailgate the juts out sharply. Personally, it's a no from us.
  • Tesla Model X: one of the standout features of the Tesla Model X is its batwing doors, and while they're unique, the rest of the vehicle is a bit bulky looking. We also don't think it'd appeal to younger drivers with means who are looking for an aesthetically unique electric SUV.


Prices change depending on your credit history, manufacturers incentives, any applicable tax credits, etc. We won't get into absolutes, but we will give you an idea of how these electric SUVS stack up when it's time to break out the wallet.

The one you'll pay the least for is the Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e, as its starting price hovers around $50,000. The rest of the vehicles start around $20K more but remember the GLC 350e is a plug-in hybrid.

The Jaguar I-Pace has the least expensive starting price, though the highest trim for the I-Pace and the Audi e-tron are close. The Audi e-tron starts about $5K more than the I-Pace. Tesla Model X is priced the highest. Its starting price begins higher than the top trims for the I-Pace and Audi E-tron and tops out just under $100K. That said, you do get a few extra seats with the Tesla Model X.


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Each of these vehicles brings something different to the table, but the Audi e-tron is still our favorite. It has great horsepower and healthy range that sits right behind the Tesla Model X, and when it comes to style, the Audi e-tron is fun, fresh, and a bit edgy without being over the top. Visit our dealership to learn more about this all-new and historic model for the Audi brand!

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