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Audi e-tron GT review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

Passengers are cosseted in fine style, but this isn’t the most practical of large saloon cars

In spite of its low-profile sporty looks the e-tron GT is a comfortable and spacious cruiser. The interior layout is focused around the driver who is separated from the passenger by a wide central console, while the central touchscreen is angled toward the driver, too. 

There are a pair of large drinks holders between the seats, and the wireless phone charging pad lives in a recess on the console. There are decent sized doorbins either side, albeit with access limited by the armrests above. The glovebox is augmented by a lidded compartment at the rear of the centre console for when you want to stash things out of sight.

The high quality of fixtures and fittings add to a generally welcoming ambience throughout the cabin, while the lack of engine noise helps to create a relaxed travelling environment for all onboard.

Twin charging flaps - one each side behind the front wheels - make access easy, and two charging cables are supplied as standard, one each for public AC chargers and a home wallbox. 

Size 

The e-tron GT isn’t unusually big for a luxury executive model, but it is unusually low. Its 4,990mm length and 1,960mm width compares closely to the Tesla Model S which is just a couple of centimeters shorter and half a centimeter wider. The e-tron GT is just 1,410mm tall against the Tesla’s 1,445mm, while for reference the Audi S8 is 1,474mm.

Leg room, head room & passenger space 

The Audi e-tron cabin is very roomy in spite of its low-slung appearance, and can seat five passengers in comfort. While you might expect to find headroom restricted, especially in the back, the battery pack has been designed with a footwell recess built into it which adds to the available space for rear passengers’ feet under the front seats. 

The design requirement for a large battery also necessitated a long wheelbase, which means there’s no shortage of legroom either. There’s loads of shoulder room upfront, and enough space for three adults to sit in comfort on the rear bench, although the two outer seats are sculpted for an individual armchair feel while the centre seat is a bit less welcoming. The rear doors open wide to give good access too, but the car’s low cabin means you need to be relatively supple to spring in and out gracefully.

A panoramic sunroof gives the e-tron GT a light and airy feel in a cabin that might otherwise feel a little claustrophobic, so watch out for that if you’re tempted by the carbon roof option on an RS model. 

Boot 

The e-tron GT doesn’t have a huge boot, although it’s respectable at 405 litres. There’s a further 85 litres available under the bonnet, although owners are likely to keep their charging cables here.

The car’s practicality is compromised a little by the shape of the boot lid opening and its surrounding bodywork, but if you want a luxurious electric load-lugger then Audi will happily direct you to its e-tron SUV.

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