Compare The New 2021 Audi e-tron vs 2021 Tesla Model X Models

Perhaps the most exciting development in the automotive industry today is the continued progress of all-electric vehicles. Year after year, it seems we see more and more all-electric vehicles come out and they're only getting better. A great example of this is the 2021 Audi e-tron®, Audi's first-ever all-electric SUV that's only gotten better since its introduction. How does it compare with the rest of the competition?

That's what we're going to find out in this research comparison of the new 2021 Audi e-tron® and the 2021 Tesla Model X. We'll cover all the key features and specifications of both models so drivers can get a clearer understanding of what both models bring to the table. Let's see what these all-electric SUVs have to offer.

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2021 Audi e-tron® VS 2021 Tesla Model X: Interior

When it comes to interior quality and craftsmanship, nobody does it better than Audi. The 2021 e-tron® features an interior drivers expect from the renowned brand with luxurious amenities like standard leather seats (not standard on the 2021 Model X), Dark Brown Walnut Wood inlays, and heated and ventilated front seats. The 2021 e-tron®, though smaller than the 2021 Model X (five-passenger capacity versus seven-passenger capacity), is more adaptable thanks to its 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats while the rear seats of the 2021 Model X are only 60/40 split. Plus, one feature you'll find in the 2021 e-tron® but not the 2021 Model X are front seats with massage functions for the most relaxing commute you'll ever have.

driver's cockpit of 2021 audi e-tron including audi virtual cockpit and steering wheel

2021 Audi e-tron® VS 2021 Tesla Model X: Technology

The 2021 e-tron® also offers exclusive technology features that the 2021 Model X doesn't such as the Audi virtual cockpit, which replaces the conventional instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch high-definition digital display presenting more information like navigation and charge efficiency, so you're more informed while driving than ever. Plus, the 2021 e-tron®, like the 2021 Model X, comes standard with driver-favorite infotainment features like Apple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™ as well as Bluetooth® connectivity. Despite not costing as much, the 2021 e-tron® is just as fitted with advanced technology as the 2021 Model X.

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2021 Audi e-tron® VS 2021 Tesla Model X: Performance

When it comes to performance, the 2021 e-tron® is no slouch in this regard either, offering a 402 net horsepower and 0-60 mph time of just 5.5 seconds. And, just because it's an electric SUV doesn't mean it doesn't have capability as well. The 2021 e-tron® is able to tow up to 4,000 pounds when properly equipped. Plus, the 2021 e-tron® has five different suspension modes, from comfort to performance to efficiency, so you can choose the specific driving experience they're looking for. It all adds up to a better overall level of electric utility vehicle performance than what you'll get from the Tesla Model X.

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2021 Audi e-tron® VS 2021 Tesla Model X: Safety Awards

Both the 2021 e-tron® and 2021 Model X have impressive ratings to point to when drivers ask about their awards. The 2021 e-tron® and 2021 Model X both received five-star overall safety ratings from the NHTSA, but only the 2021 e-tron® was also lauded by the IIHS, earning it a Top Safety Pick+ designation, the highest award the IIHS offers. When it comes to safety, no model can surpass what the 2021 e-tron® brings to the table.

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2021 Audi e-tron® VS 2021 Tesla Model X: Price & Value

The last category we'll cover is probably the most important factor when drivers are deciding between vehicles to buy: the price. With the 2021 e-tron®, drivers get one of the most advanced and versatile all-electric SUVs available today at the competitive starting MSRP of just $65,900. Compare that with the starting MSRP of the 2021 Model X, which is much higher at $79,990, and it's clear that when it comes to return on your electric car investment, very few can match up with the 2021 e-tron®.

We invite you to experience the 2021 Audi e-tron® for yourself. Contact our staff at Audi Columbus for more information or to schedule your own test drive, today.

2021 Audi e-Tron2021 Tesla Model X
$65,900Starting MSRP*$79,990
402 HPNet Horsepower670 HP
222 MilesMax All-Electric Range360 Miles
5 PassengersSeating Capacity7 Passengers
StandardLeather UpholsteryAvailable
AvailableFront Seat Massage FunctionNot Available
StandardApple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™Standard
StandardBluetooth® CompatibilityStandard
5/5 StarsNHTSA Overall Safety Score5/5 Stars
YesIIHS Top Safety Pick+No
StandardLane Departure WarningStandard

*Prices exclude $1,045 destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer changes. Dealer sets actual price.