- the 2019 audi e-tron weighed 78 more pounds than our long-term 2019 ram 1500 in c/d testing.
- this is explained by the fact that, according to audi, the e-tron's 95.0-kwh lithium-ion battery weighs 1543 pounds.
- the e-tron is the heaviest ev we've tested, weightier than teslas with larger battery packs and more range.
we weigh every vehicle that comes through c/d headquarters, and when we had an audi e-tron, we stumbled upon something that surprised us. the e-tron, with its liquid-cooled 95.0-kwh lithium-ion battery, weighed in at 5843 pounds. shockingly, that's 78 pounds more than our 5765-pound long-term ram 1500.
this came as a surprise to us, because the hulking ram has a 5.7-liter v-8 and is 49 inches longer and 12 inches taller than the e-tron. plus it can tow 11,000 pounds. of course, evs' large battery packs—the e-tron's is 95.3 kilowatt-hours—are heavy, but even among electrics the e-tron is abnormally porky.
the two-tier battery pack is seven and a half feet long, and it cozies itself into the middle of the e-tron's 115.1-inch wheelbase. it's five feet wide and over a foot deep, and audi claims it weighs 1543 pounds. so the battery alone makes up about 26 percent of the e-tron's curb weight. compared with other evs, the audi's battery pack is heavier. on a per-kilowatt-hour basis, the jaguar i-pace comes in at 14.8 pounds per kilowatt-hour, the porsche taycan at 14.9, the kia niro ev at 15.8, and the audi at 16.2. but that doesn't explain all of the difference.
that 95.3-kwh battery helps give the e-tron its epa-rated 204-mile range, although, during our testing, we achieved a 190-mile highway range. we suspect that the e-tron's 5843-pound curb weight could be why we got this lower number. for comparison, we managed to get the same range when we tested the jaguar i-pace, although it weighs almost 1000 pounds less and is powered by a smaller, 90.0-kwh battery. we have yet to test a tesla model x, which is rated at 295 miles of range; we estimate that it weighs between 5450 and 5500 pounds.
although the tesla model s is longer with more wheelbase than the e-tron, the last one we tested, a 100d (with a larger battery pack than the audi) was a whopping 889 pounds lighter. the model x is even larger, and the last one we tested, back in 2016, had a 90.0-kwh battery and weighed 5594 pounds.
the heavy curb weight is certainly a factor in the e-tron's not very impressive epa range rating of 204 miles; the current model x long range is rated at 328 miles with a slightly larger, 100.0-kwh battery pack. but the e-tron's heaviness remains somewhat of a mystery. there isn't a simple explanation.