The Audi e-tron GT is a four-door all-electric saloon with sleek styling. It’s closely related to the Porsche Taycan, although the e-tron GT has room for 5 compared with just 4 in the Porsche. There are a couple of versions – the e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT – with a range of up to 298 miles.
Not to be confused with the e-tron SUV, the e-tron GT is a sleek, low-slung coupé-like saloon. Like the Porsche Taycan, with which it shares some of its technology, the e-tron GT is an electric sports car and features suitably swoopy styling.
The Audi’s front end is dominated by a contoured bonnet and LED headlights that sweep into gloss black grilles with moveable vents giving it an aggressive look.
A black roof and side sills help to enhance the sleek profile, while the rear end is dominated by angled LED tail-lights. A light bar runs across the width of the car, while a broad diffuser and electrically extending spoiler help to improve airflow over the e-tron GT at higher speeds.
What's it like to drive?
The Audi e-tron GT might weigh more than two tonnes but it’s extremely quick. There are two electric motors powering all four wheels, so traction is excellent and goes some way to explain how the car can get from 0-62mph in as little as 2.5 seconds and on to a limit top speed of 155mph, where permitted.
All of that power would be useless if the GT couldn’t go around corners well. It does – the body remains flat and the suspension, while firm, manages to deal with most road surface imperfections incredibly well. The e-tron GT isn’t quite as adept in this area as the Porsche Taycan, but it’s easier to live with on a daily basis.
Audis have been famed for their quality interiors for years, and the e-tron GT’s is up there with the very best. It doesn’t feature the wrap-around screens seen on some electric cars but that’s good in many ways because you get more physical buttons for instant access, rather than having to dip into on-screen menus.
There’s a digital screen in front of the driver – Audi calls this the Virtual Cockpit – and a 10-inch widescreen infotainment display (MMI Touch). Below this you’ll find controls for the ventilation as well as a few other buttons and automatic gearbox controls.
The infotainment system comes with a variety of goodies as standard, including sat-nav, wireless charging for compatible phones, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (both of which allow you to use some of your phone’s apps with the car) and a great-sounding stereo – although the latter gets upgraded to a B&O system on the RS e-tron GT.
Other standard equipment on the entry-level Quattro-spec e-tron GT includes vegan leather upholstery, trim made from recycled wood or plastic bottles (yes, really), a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors and more. The Vorsprung trim gets you a night vision camera, a head-up display for the driver, adaptive cruise control and parking assistance.
Both the front and rear seats are comfortable for tall adults, with decent head and legroom on offer. The centre rear seat is narrower and best reserved for kids or used for shorter trips.
There’s plenty of room for your odds and ends inside the e-tron GT: a couple of cup holders sit between the front seat, there’s room to place and charge your phone, a lidded box, a glove box and decent door bins. Those in the rear also get door bins and storage in the rear armrest when the centre seat isn’t being used.
The e-tron GT’s boot space is reasonable, with space for around 6 cabin suitcases with the rear seats in place. Fold the seat backs (they’re split 40/20/40) and you’ll fit in a lot more – the boot floor on models without the B&O stereo has room beneath for the charging cables, and there’s also more storage room under the bonnet.
Reliability and running costs
As a new car, the Audi e-tron GT costs more than £80k, so you can see why buying used makes a lot of sense, once it’s shed some of its value.
Quattro trim cars have an official range of 298 miles and RS trim can cover 280 miles. Both can be recharged very rapidly, if you can find a fast enough public charger: you can add 62 miles of range in just 5 minutes and top up the battery from 5-80% in 23 minutes.
Audi’s technology is shared across the VW Group, and generally proves reliable, but you might want to consider cinchCare for added peace of mind, considering that, when new, e-tron GTs came with a 3-year warranty from Audi. The e-tron GT’s battery warranty lasts for 8 years or 100,000 miles.
What we love
There’s lots to love about Audi’s electric marvel: its searing performance and handling, its sleek styling, the ultra-quick charge times, its comfortable interior. We can’t help getting excited by the smallest details, and we’re very fond of the charging flaps on both side of the car, behind the front wheels. They make life that bit easier and save you having to think when you pull up next to the charger.
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The closely related Porsche Taycan might be the (slightly) more focused sports car, but the Audi e-tron GT is the better all-rounder because it majors on comfort rather than outright handling ability. It’s still a driver’s dream, though, is packed with safety kit and can be recharged incredibly quickly. It’s a phenomenal used buy.
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