Comparing the Audi e-tron and Tesla Model 3: Which is the Right Electric Vehicle for Gaithersburg?

Electric vehicles are becoming more accessible and popular as technology improves and more charging stations pop up. Well, you can count Audi in with the future of vehicles with its Audi e-tron electric SUV. Of course, Audi craftsmanship and luxury are still key parts of what draws car shoppers to the Audi electric vehicle in Frederick, MD. It's this combination of futuristic engineering and classic Audi characteristics that make the Audi e-tron a tremendous option for those wanting an electric luxury SUV near Leesburg, VA.

However, we know that the Audi e-tron has lots of competition, and it starts with the Tesla Model 3. Tesla may be a newer automaker, which has its disadvantages, but many drivers enjoy Tesla electric vehicles. Well, we think that Audi's first foray into the electric vehicle category stacks up to Tesla's most popular model. Want to see that for yourself? Below, we compare the Audi e-tron and Tesla Model 3 in areas that we know are important to car shoppers. Check it out and call with any questions about the differences or new Audi e-tron details!



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The design is where you'll see the most differences between the Tesla Model 3 and new Audi e-tron. The Audi electric vehicle near Germantown, MD is a luxury SUV with an electric motor while the Tesla Model 3 is an electric car. Both seat five, but the Audi e-tron has much more space in its rear row whether you look at head, leg, or shoulder room. The Audi e-tron also has a much larger cargo space and more cargo areas too, which helps when storing small trinkets or larger items. This cabin space and simple storage makes the Audi e-tron a more family-friendly electric vehicle than the Tesla Model 3.

That cabin space isn't the only design aspect setting the Audi electric vehicle apart either. The Audi e-tron has many simple yet extremely helpful amenities that the Tesla Model 3 doesn't provide. For example, the Audi e-tron has inductive charging for compatible smartphones, and it has a clip that you slide devices into. This clip keeps your phone from sliding around during tight turns or an accident. The Tesla Model 3 has wireless charging, but your phones slide around as there's not a clip to secure them. Small details like these and the cool charging door open make all the difference for some drivers as they reduce hassles that can build up over your trips.

Electric Range and Performance

What sets these electric vehicles near Hagerstown apart is, of course, what's powering them. These are both all-electric models that you charge instead of fill with gas, but there are other benefits to electric motors. The torque kicks in instantly, which helps both these models jump off the line, but you'll enjoy more horsepower and torque in the Audi e-tron. That power helps it tow twice as much as the Tesla Model 3 tows, which again makes the Audi electric vehicle better suited for families.

Additionally, the Audi e-tron has a range of 204 miles, which sits below the standard 240-mile range of the Tesla Model 3, but that makes sense as the Audi e-tron is an SUV and the Model 3 a sedan. How does the Audi e-tron make up this ground? Well, it charges at 150 kW, which is the most of an electric SUV, and that allows for a 54-mile range charge in just 10 minutes! That means you can get from our Frederick Audi dealership to the White House on a 10-minute charge. The Tesla Model 3 charges at 120 kW, so not quite as quickly.

Safety Features

The electric motors highlight the futuristic feel of the Audi e-tron and Tesla Model 3, but they have other smart technologies as well. Both prioritize safety, which shows with brilliant features such as blind-spot monitoring coming standard in both of them. These advanced features as well as crash-optimized designs make both the 2019 Tesla Model 3 and 2019 Audi e-tron IIHS 2019 Top Safety Pick+ honorees. This is the highest award from the nonprofit automotive safety council, and one we take great pride in.

However, the Audi e-tron again goes the extra mile so that you have more enjoyment along every mile you drive. It comes with a variety of features, from a head-up display to a 3D camera system, that the Tesla Model 3 does not offer. The 3D camera makes parking as simple as possible as you know just how close you are while the head-up display keeps you informed on everything from the speed limit to the temp outside.


Other Features and Technologies

The Audi e-tron has some clear advantages in its design and performance, but it's the features and amenities that most clearly highlight the perks of this luxury electric vehicle near Martinsburg. Since range plays such a large role when driving an electric vehicle, the Audi e-tron has many systems optimizing it that even the Tesla Model 3 deosn't. For example, you can pull up a map on the Audi e-tron infotainment system that shows your driving radius in all directions. If you input a destination outside that range, the Audi e-tron shows you charging stations along the way, and you can see what systems, like A/C, are draining battery power. Plus, that infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, which the Tesla Model 3 doesn't offer.

What's more, the Audi e-tron comes standard with heated/ventilated front seats while the Tesla Model 3 only has heating. For further comfort, the Audi e-tron has four-zone climate control with simple touchscreen controls for both rows, which again shows how it provides greater comfort for five passengers than the Tesla electric vehicle. The Audi e-tron even offers massaging front seats and a cabin fragrance system that make it one of the most relaxing rides of any vehicle, gas or electric, on the road today!

Available Trim Levels and Options

The Audi e-tron has more features to offer than the Model 3, and many of those come standard, but there are two trim levels. These levels give you more choices over your final product so that you're happier with it. The only options for the Tesla Model 3 deal with color for the exterior and seats as well as the wheel design, but even with those it falls behind the Audi e-tron. The Audi electric SUV comes in many more exterior colors than the Tesla Model 3, which makes you pay up to $2,000 extra for certain paint options. Inside the Audi e-tron also has more upholstery options and color schemes so that you can truly customize your electric vehicle to suit your personality, which you don't necessarily get with the Tesla Model 3.

Find the New Audi e-tron in Frederick, MD!

So, there are quite a few reasons to buy an Audi e-tron instead of a Tesla Model 3. If you want more cabin space, the Audi electric luxury SUV provides it while feeling just as fun to drive as the smaller Tesla. Audi is also a more storied automaker, and it takes all it has learned over the years and placed it in its first electric vehicle so that drivers get that sophisticated feel and ease of use. Plus, you get more options and features to enjoy in the new Audi e-tron for sale in Frederick!

If you have any questions about this electric vehicle comparison or how to get the most out of your Audi e-tron, swing by our dealership! We love talking with car shoppers about our Audi offers, which is especially true of a model as exciting as the new Audi e-tron.

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