Audi e-tron GT Review 2022
Audi e-tron GT At A Glance
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Think of the Audi e-tron GT - the brand’s range-topping electric car - as the slightly more sensible twin sibling of the brilliant Porsche Taycan. It’s a bit roomier, a bit more comfortable, and a bit cheaper to buy. But while it isn’t quite as pin-sharp as the Porsche, it’s still fantastic to drive and should be a delight to own.
The naming of Audi’s EV flagship might be confusing. At first glance you might think it’s a sporting variant of the e-tron SUV, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Unlike that car, it sits on a fully bespoke electric platform (not one adapted from an existing petrol or diesel car), and the benefits of that are clear.
The first is the e-tron GT’s low, sleek and striking four-door coupe design, which just wouldn’t be possible without a proper EV architecture. It’s recognisable as an Audi from the off, with the brand’s latest styling cues such as the large front ‘grille’ (it doesn’t actually function as a grille) and a chunky single-piece tail light. But it’s much more futuristic and desirable than, say, an Audi A7, and the focus is on impressive aerodynamics to improve range. Whether you prefer it to the heavily related Porsche Taycan is a matter of personal taste, but it’ll certainly cause a stir on your driveway.
The inside is a bit more conservative than the outside, and anyone who’s driven a recent Audi will be instantly familiar with the design and switchgear. Passenger space is better than you might think, and four adults will be able to get comfortable on longer journeys once they’ve negotiated the rather narrow door apertures. However it lacks the ultimate space and carrying capacity of the Tesla Model S, and is best considered a GT car rather than a family-friendly large saloon.
The Audi e-tron GT is really all about the driving experience, as with the Porsche. There is less choice in the lineup than its stablemate, however: the ‘base’ e-tron GT puts out 476PS (or 530PS in boost mode) from two electric motors on each axle, which is sufficient for 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds. It’s certainly no slouch, but if you want neck-snapping acceleration to impress your mates there’s the range-topping RS e-tron GT.
Unlike the Tesla, though, which amazes in a straight line but disappoints when shown a series of bends, the e-tron GT is one of the most agile and fun electric cars on sale. Like the Taycan, it’s super composed, balanced and (thanks to all models getting four-wheel drive) grippy. Sure, an Audi R8 might entertain even more, but for a big, heavy EV the e-tron GT is remarkably good.
That performance and handling doesn’t come at the expense of range, however. Thanks to that slippery body and a chunky 93kWh battery pack, Audi claims a range of 295 miles for the e-tron GT. While that’s less than the longest-range Model S, it’s certainly enough to ease the anxiety on long journeys. And when you do need to ‘fill up’, the e-tron GT can charge at up to 270kW from a compatible rapid charger: translating to a 0-80% charge in around 23 minutes. Of course a full charge at home will take much longer, but it should only cost you around £12, making this far cheaper to run than an equivalent petrol model.
The e-tron GT has the same problem as the Taycan, however, in that even the cheapest model is £82,000 before you’ve raided the options list (as you may well want to). It’s no bargain, then, but factor in its talents and its low running costs and it almost seems good value.
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