Audi e-tron GT review - Interior, design and technology
Stunning exterior design is matched by a suitably high-tech interior, although it’s not as futuristic as you might have wished
Few would argue that the e-tron GT is a bit of a stunner and, in spite of the car’s size, it has swoopy lines and powerful proportions of the kind more often seen on out-and-out sports machines.
The low-slung look is not a clever design trick, but a feature enabled by an underfloor battery pack that has built in footwells for rear passengers. This in turn allows for the seats to be set lower, and for that correspondingly low profile coupe-style roofline.
As you’d expect, the e-tron GT’s profile is similar to the Porsche Taycan’s, but the two cars have distinctly different front and rear ends. The e-tron has a distinctive flat and wide bonnet and muscular haunches, while closer inspection reveals details such as the active air vents in the grille that close for streamlining and the wide rear diffuser and extendable rear spoiler, which suggest form is following function. Indeed the active aero features help to reduce the drag coefficient to just .24, which is the lowest of any current Audi.
Inside the cabin, the ambience is perhaps less futuristic than one might have expected from a new flagship electric saloon from Audi. Although the Virtual Cockpit instrument display and central touchscreen are state of the art, you don’t quite get the wall-wall tech feel that the extended double screens of some contemporaries provide.
The interior design is relatively restrained too, and even somewhat traditional, although Audi makes much of its use of environmentally-sourced trim materials such as a vegan ‘leather’ and recycled wood finishes. As you would also expect of a top-level Audi, you can’t fault the fit and finish either.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The e-tron GT gets Audi’s MMI Touch navigation system running on a 10.1-inch colour display in the centre of the dashboard, which is linked to the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit screen that replaces a traditional instrument pack in the binnacle ahead of the driver. You also get the Audi Wireless Smartphone Interface, wireless charging and a three-year subscription to Audi Connect. Upgrading to Vorsprung trim level brings with it a Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System, plus an array of driver aids including Night Vision assistant, a head-up display, Parking Assistance and Adaptive Cruise Control. The B&O sound system is standard on all RS trims, but you still need the Vorsprung upgrade for the additional driver aids.
In this review
- 1Audi e-tron GT reviewSpectacular looks and performance, plus contemporary EV tech, make the Audi e-tron GT one of the most desirable luxury saloons around
- 2Engines, performance and driveBlistering performance is guaranteed from any luxury EV, but the e-tron GT is fantastic to drive
- 3Range, charging and running costsZero tailpipe emissions will save company drivers thousands, but the e-tron GT will be relatively expensive to charge and maintain
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingStunning exterior design is matched by a suitably high-tech interior, although it’s not as futuristic as you might have wished
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spacePassengers are cosseted in fine style, but this isn’t the most practical of large saloon cars
- 6Reliability and safetyThere are no question marks over safety, but reliability has yet to be proven