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Audi e-tron

£ 71,505
Published: 20 May 2021


What is it like on the inside?

Imagine a Q7, then make the cabin design a notch more futuristic and knock back the practicality a degree. The boot has a very high load sill and the angled D-pillars cut into space. You’ll need an athletic dog to make it up there and it’ll have to watch headroom once it’s loaded.

There’s also a frunk. It’s shallow, but a good place for charging cables so they don’t clutter up the regular boot. Meanwhile the middle seat occupant in the back (only a five seater, remember) has little legroom. The floor might be flat, but the centre console that runs between the front seats protrudes back far enough to clout unwary shins. Flanking seats are… fine. Not generous by class standards, merely acceptable.

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There are up to five screens up front. Two in the centre console, and another for Audi’s peerless Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster are standard. The two on the doors either side aren’t. These are the screens for the side view cameras. They’re not perfect – in fact the diminutive Honda e does camera mirrors miles better. Think about how much you move your head to alter your angle of view when joining a motorway. You can’t do that here. You get used to the positioning of the screens (could be a gnats higher ideally), can adjust the brightness, angle of view and grateful that they cut aero drag and you don’t need to look around bulky mirrors any more, but the angle of view is narrow, and in strong sun they struggle. Just don’t spec them.

The driving position is great, seat comfort superb and quality irreproachable. It is an Audi, it’s what they do. You will be spending a lot of time interacting with screens. The menu system is logical, at no stage does the e-tron bombard you with electric graphs, charts and data. Quite hard to find it, actually, and those that like to geek out on that sort of thing are going to be disappointed. It’s short on detail.

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