When descending a steep, off-road slope, the e-tron’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Model X doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
An active infrared night vision system optional on the e-tron helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Model X doesn’t offer a night vision system.
The e-tron has a standard Top View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Model X only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
To help make backing safer, the e-tron’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Model X doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The e-tron has a standard Audi Connect CARE, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Model X doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the e-tron and the Model X have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and available four-wheel drive.
The e-tron’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Model X’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).
There are almost 5 times as many Audi dealers as there are Tesla dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the e-tron’s warranty.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Tesla vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 20 places higher in reliability than Tesla.
The e-tron’s electric motor produces 74 more horsepower (402 vs. 328) and 103 lbs.-ft. more torque (490 vs. 387) than the Model X 75D’s standard electric motor. The e-tron’s electric motor produces 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (490 vs. 485) than the Model X 100D’s standard electric motor.
For better stopping power the e-tron’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Model X:
For better maneuverability, the e-tron’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Model X’s (40 feet vs. 40.7 feet).
The e-tron is 5.3 inches shorter than the Model X, making the e-tron easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The e-tron is 5.2 inches narrower than the Model X, making the e-tron easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
The e-tron has .7 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Model X.
The e-tron’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Model X 6-Passenger doesn’t offer folding rear seats.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the e-tron’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Model X doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the e-tron’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Model X doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Model X, the e-tron Prestige has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The e-tron’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Model X doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The e-tron Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Model X doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the e-tron has a standard rear wiper. The Model X doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
The e-tron’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Model X doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the e-tron has standard extendable sun visors. The Model X doesn’t offer extendable visors.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the e-tron keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Model X doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
The e-tron has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Model X doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.