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  • Similar to the E-Tron SUV
  • But with standard sport seats
  • And more leather on the dash

The inside of the Audi E-Tron Sportback features exactly the kind of precise fit and finish that we’ve come to expect from the German manufacturer – and from the E-Tron SUV in fact, which is virtually identical.

There are no gaps between the different surfaces and everything clicks or rotates with a hefty, substantial feel. Audi really is top of the interior quality game at the moment and it feels like it’s stepped this up even further with its electric models.

However, there are some key differences in this sportier model over the SUV, not least the standard S-embossed sports seats in soft Valcona leather, which also extends to the upper dashboard, armrest and the lower centre console.

Audi e-Tron Sportback interior side on

Shared with the SUV (and a host of other luxury Audi models beyond) is the twin-screen MMI Touch system. The lower 8.6-inch display takes care of the climate control, and also provides space for a keyboard when entering information into the sat nav, which uses the 10.1-inch upper screen.

Below your left elbow is a huge box for storage (where elements of the drivetrain would normally sit) and a wireless phone charger, which holds your device in place vertically with a spring loaded clip so it doesn’t rattle around.

The centrepiece (for the driver at least) is the 12.3-inch digital dial display that Audi calls Virtual Cockpit – this shows everything you need on one screen, including speed and range, navigation instructions and multimedia info. Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus is standard on Launch Edition and Vorsprung models and features a reduced display centred around a power meter.

Comfort

  • Firmer than SUV, but still comfortable
  • Super quiet in the cabin
  • Very comfortable seats

Like other coupefied SUVs in the Audi stable the E-Tron Sportback features something of a firmer suspension set up.

It’s not uncomfortable – far from it - you only really feel that stiffness when riding over tarmac defects or rough roads, otherwise it’s a smooth and serene experience.

Plus, on the flip side, it also feels very composed and level when cornering, so your passengers are less likely to get sea-sick when you’re making the most of all that electric torque on offer. That’s the advantage of an air suspension set up, which has a broader spread of talents when it comes to ride and handling.

Audi e-Tron Sportback wheels

Like all electric cars the E-Tron Sportback is very quiet indeed on the move. At low speeds around town for example it’s particularly noticeable (and necessitates an external sound generator to make pedestrians aware of its presence) with a small amount of wind and tyre noise finding their way in on the motorway.

All-in-all though it’s a very peaceful cabin – almost limo-like – with seats that are surprisingly comfortable despite being a more sporty construction. They’re not one piece carbonfibre buckets, rather an upgrade on the standard chairs with more side bolstering to hold you in place while cornering, and an external thigh cushion for long legged drivers.