The interior layout, fit and finish
If you’ve ever sat behind the wheel of a standard Audi E-tron, the Sportback will feel very familiar. That’s to say that you’re surrounded by appealing, soft-touch plastics, glitzy trims and a standard of assembly that is second to none.
In addition, it uses the same twin display infotainment setup; the lower screen gives you access to the climate controls, while the upper one is used for navigation, media and driving mode selection.
On the whole, the dual-screen set up works well. It looks sharp, responds promptly to prods, and is easy to use when you're parked up. Plus, you get plenty of gadgets, including DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, and wireless phone charging. However, touchscreens are more distracting to use on the move than the rotary controller interface in the BMW iX3.
So far, we’ve tried the Sportback only with optional ‘super sport seats’, and these proved to be firm and supportive. Throw in a steering wheel that has a good range of adjustment and you'll have no problem getting comfortable behind the wheel – and staying that way for several hours.
Granted, you don’t sit quite as high as you do in an Audi Q7, but you have a more commanding view of the road than you get in a Jaguar I-Pace. What’s more, vision at night is aided by Digital Matrix adaptive LED headlights that automatically shape their light pattern to avoid dazzling other road users, even when on high-beam.
Rear vision in the Sportback is restricted by the low roof and small rear window, though, and it’s harder to see out of than the standard E-tron when reversing. Fortunately, rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera are standard across the range.
As we mentioned earlier, you can also specify ‘Virtual’ door mirrors, which replace conventional mirrors with cameras in slim, aerodynamic housings. These display their images on door-mounted screens that are positioned a little lower than is ideal, forcing you to look down and across rather than taking an instinctive glance to your right or left when you want to see behind.
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