Audi e-tron GT - Interior, design and technology
Stunning exterior design and a suitably high-tech interior, although the look isn’t as futuristic as you might have wished
Few would argue with us when we say 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 neat feature enabled by an underfloor battery pack with built-in footwells for rear passengers. This gives passengers in the rear a place to put their feet, and means the seats can be set lower, allowing for its low-profile coupe-style roofline without harming practicality.
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 GT 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 reduce the drag coefficient to just 0.24, the lowest of any current Audi.
Inside the cabin, the ambience is less futuristic than one might have expected from a 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, such as the latest BMW i5
The interior design is relatively restrained, 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. You can’t fault the fit and finish either, which is up to the standards you would expect of a top-level Audi.
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 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and wireless charging.
Selecting the Technology Pack, Technology Pack Pro, or upgrading to Vorsprung trim level adds Bang & Olufsen 3D premium sound system with 16 speakers and a 710-watt output. The B&O sound system is standard on all RS trims.
You’ll need to add the Tour pack to the standard e-tron GT to get adaptive cruise control (standard on Vorsprung), while the Technology Pack Pro gives you a head-up display.
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 Audi e-tron GT is also fantastic to drive
- 3Range, charging and running costsZero tailpipe emissions will save company drivers thousands, but the Audi e-tron GT will be expensive to run
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingStunning exterior design and a suitably high-tech interior, although the look isn’t as futuristic as you might have wished
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spacePassengers in the Audi e-tron GT are cosseted, but this isn’t the most practical of large saloon cars
- 6Reliability and safetyMany advanced safety technology features for the Audi e-tron GT are optional, and the brand’s Driver Power score is disappointing