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Electric power suits this Grand Tourer down to the ground

Audi E-Tron GT Saloon (21 on) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £82,865 - £136,305
Lease from new From £1,011 p/m View lease deals
Used price £71,935 - £138,930
Fuel Economy 2.9 - 3.1 miles/kWh
Insurance group 50 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Striking looks, packed with technology
  • Huge acceleration for RS E-Tron
  • Comfortable long range ride

CONS

  • Battery range lags behind Tesla Model S
  • Rear headroom a bit tight
  • Porsche Taycan exists

Audi E-Tron GT Saloon rivals

Written by Adam Binnie on

The E-Tron GT is the second bespoke EV in the Audi range, and in RS form, represents the most powerful Audi Sport model to date. As well as sharing its under-the-skin technology and basic proportions with the Porsche Taycan, the E-Tron GT looks very similar to the concept car of the same name first shown at the Frankfurt motor show back in 2018.

Rivals include the Porsche it’s so closely based on and the evergreen Tesla Model S, which has just received a raft of improvements for the 2021 model year. Audi will have an advantage in terms of build quality and interior finish, but the Tesla gets a massive advantage from its Supercharger network of high-speed public chargers.

What’s it like inside?

Much like any top-end Audi since the current A8, although with one fewer screen. That’s not a huge loss, as there is still the the latest 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit and 10.1-inch central screen, plus physical buttons for the climate control.

Equipment is plentiful, with heated seats, user-configurable interior lighting, optional head-up display, and autonomous system. The RS e-tron GT comes with microfibre trim on the dashboard and contrasting stitching on the steering wheel and centre console.

Practicality more or less matches the Porsche Taycan – with lots of space for four and a luggage capacity measuring 405 litres. That’s about the same as a Volkswagen Golf with the rear seats up.

What’s it like to drive?

There are two versions on sale – the standard Quattro and the RS E-Tron GT. The top-of-the-range verison has more horsepower than any other Audi, including the R8, RS 6 and S8.

Both versions can go nearly 300 miles to a charge (although 200 miles is probably a safer bet if you even consider using that performance on tap) while 270kW charging means 63 miles can be poured back into the battery in five minutes.

A significant amount of the car’s overall weight is contained with the battery, positioned close to the road and between the axles. This low centre of gravity gives it a great foundation for solid handling.

We thought it was softer than a Taycan and more comfortable. That inevitably means more body roll when driving quickly, but the E-Tron GT still feels composed when driven quickly, making it an impressive all-rounder.

RS E-Tron upgrades

The sporting RS model will be available from launch and comes with a whole range of upgrades to reflect its status as the ultimate e-tron GT. It’s visually different with a restyled bonnet and a sportier-looking bodykit.

The front bumper is also deeper, while at the rear you get a less subtle-looking diffuser. Adaptive dampers lower the car at speed, while laser headlight technology on the RS will make night driving easier.

How much does it cost?

The E-Tron GT is available in two versions, the E-Tron GT Quattro and the RS E-Tron GT. You can order on now with UK deliveries to follow shortly after. The prices of all the various trims can be found below. 

  • E-Tron GT Quattro £79,900
  • E-Tron GT Quattro Vorsprung £106,000
  • RS E-Tron GT £110,950
  • RS E-Tron GT Carbon Black £124,540
  • RS E-Tron GT Vorsprung £133,340

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Audi e-tron GT including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it’s like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

Audi E-Tron GT Saloon rivals