Audi E-tron GT review

Category: Electric car

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP from£79,900
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Audi e-tron GT is expensive, that’s for sure. You can have about three Fiat 500s for the price of the entry-level model.

We suspect that’s not gobsmacking news to you, though, and the e-tron GT is better value than the Porsche Taycan 4S (the entry-level, rear-wheel-drive Taycan is cheaper but not as powerful or as good to drive). Indeed, the e-tron GT is suspiciously close to the price of the Tesla Model S Long Range, while the RS e-tron GT is nigh on the same money as the Model S Plaid. What a coincidence…

Are you a company car driver? Then get in quick and bag yourself a bargain before the Government changes the benefit-in-kind tax bands. All electric cars, including the e-tron GT, are in the lowest tax brackets, so you’ll currently pay a tiny amount of tax to run one.

As for charging, you get a port on each front wing (so there’s more chance you can get the charging cable to reach) and there’s no need to pay extra to increase the charging rate, something you have to do on the Porsche Taycan 4S. As standard, it’ll charge at rates of up to 270kW. This, in ideal conditions, allows a 10-80% charge in around 20 minutes (quicker than a Model S hooked up to a Tesla Supercharger).

The only problem is that there are hundreds of Tesla Superchargers and not many of the Ionity chargers capable of topping up the e-tron GT at that rate. A 100kW service station charger will boost you from 10-80% in 40 minutes, or from home you can charge from empty to full from a wall box in 13.5hrs.

Equipment levels are high, so we don’t see any need to go beyond the entry-level e-tron GT. We’ve discussed already that it comes with LED headlights, eight-way electric front seats and all its infotainment gubbins. You’ll also enjoy other luxuries, including 20in alloy wheels, heated front seats and three-zone climate control.

The RS e-tron GT includes 21in alloy wheels, the upgraded air suspension, 18-way sports seats with massaging and ventilation, four-wheel steering, the engine sound generator, an electronic rear differential and beefed-up brakes.

All we have to go on to gauge reliability is Audi’s record compared with the other 30 manufacturers in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey. It finished joint 22nd with Porsche. Not great, in other words, but better than Tesla down in 29th place.

Euro NCAP hasn’t crash tested the e-tron GT yet, but it has walloped the Taycan into various walls and posts and that scored five stars. Because of the two models’ similarities, we’d be astounded if the e-tron GT didn’t do just as well. The list of standard safety kit includes automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keeping assistance.

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Overview

It may be a very slightly softer version of the Porsche Taycan, but be in no doubt that the Audi E-tron GT is an awesome-handling electric car. It’s also fast enough, comfortable enough and practical enough to pretty much meet your every whim. The Tesla Model S is quicker and roomier for families, though.

  • Potentially rapid charging
  • Comfortable and quiet at speed
  • Great handling
  • Ionity rapid chargers are few and far between
  • Not as spacious as a Model S
  • Low-speed motor whine and gearbox shunt

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