Audi E-tron GT review

Category: Electric car

Section: Costs & verdict

Audi e-tron GT 2021 interior infotainment
  • Audi E-tron GT 2021 front
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 rear cornering
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 interior dashboard
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 interior rear seats
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 interior infotainment
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 rear left cornering
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 front left cornering
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 right tracking
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 left boots open
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 interior front seats
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 interior steering wheel
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 interior detail
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 interior detail
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 rear boot open
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 front boot open
  • Audi E-tron GT 2021 front
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 rear cornering
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 interior dashboard
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 interior rear seats
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 interior infotainment
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 rear left cornering
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 front left cornering
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 right tracking
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 left boots open
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 interior front seats
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 interior steering wheel
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 interior detail
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 interior detail
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 rear boot open
  • Audi e-tron GT 2021 front boot open
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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 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…

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, a panoramic sunroof, eight-way electric front seats and all its infotainment gubbins. You’ll also enjoy other luxuries, including 20in alloy wheels, power-folding door mirrors, keyless entry, a powered boot lid with gesture control, privacy glass, 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, with blind-spot monitoring offered as a worthwhile option.

Audi e-tron GT 2021 interior infotainment

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, comfortable and practical enough to pretty much meet your every whim. The Tesla Model S is quicker and roomier for families, and we favour (by a whisker) the Taycan's extra agility.

  • Potentially rapid charging
  • Comfortable ride and great handling
  • Very well equipped and strong resale values
  • Ionity rapid chargers are few and far between
  • Not as spacious as a Model S
  • Low-speed motor whine and gearbox shunt