The e-tron GT quattro is a remarkable machine, not only for how it drives but for how it makes the driver feel…

+ beautifully crafted bodywork; refined and comfortable drive

– too low-slung for some?

Few cars elicit a feeling like the e-tron GT quattro does. Even walking towards it, getting ready to ingress, makes you feel like a billionaire superhero, who’s yet to reveal his identity, heading on a mission to save the world — and no, I’m not talking about it being an electric vehicle producing zero carbon emissions when driven — and imagine you’re heading to your mansion to put on your powered exoskeleton (owing to the space-saver spare wheel you’ll struggle to carry it around in the luggage compartment). And, after saving the world, announce, “I am Iron Man”, which, of course, is followed by the iconic riff from Black Sabbath’s song of the same name. I’m not ashamed to admit that this tune was often blasted through the e-tron GT quattro’s standard Bang & Olufsen 3D premium sound system. In short, the brand with the four rings’ flagship EV — its exterior design, interior, and the way it drives — makes you smile. 

e-tron GT quattro

So, let’s start with the first point, the exterior. The styling of the bodywork is balanced. Audi’s designers have done exceptional work making it look distinct (dare I say, still like an EV) while remaining not too excessively styled to divide opinion. The e-tron GT quattro is arguably one of the most beautifully striking cars currently available. It demands attention, of which it received bucket loads. It had pedestrians stopping in their tracks, turning their heads, and reaching for their smartphones to take pictures. And when parking the low-slung e-tron, don’t be surprised if people approach you with numerous compliments (of the car, admittedly).  

The e-tron GT quattro test car was equipped with the (optional, R26 100) Black styling package. The gloss-black detailing included with this package was beautifully highlighted by the press unit’s Ibis White exterior paint colour. The ‘Singleframe’ grille (or “mask”, in Audi speak, as this is an EV), lower area of the fore and aft bumpers, and diffuser are finished in gloss black. Another striking exterior element was the LED daytime-running lights housed in the tapered (R57 800 matrix LED with Audi Laserlight) headlamp clusters (LED items with Audi’s ‘dynamic’ turn signals are standard). An Audi staple, these items and the lighting arrangement at the rear put on a “show” when unlocking/locking the car. The press unit was equipped with (optional, R15 100) 20-inch, five-spoke, diamond-turned, aerodynamic wheels finished in black. 

e-tron GT quattro

The interior is Audi-solid. It’s also generously equipped as standard. Apart from the crisp sound system mentioned above, the e-tron GT quattro features the firm’s MMI infotainment system incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, using the former, you’ll have to do with Siri (or the car’s voice commands) instead of J.A.R.V.I.S., the A.I. from Iron Man. Not that it’s a problem… There’s always your imagination. It is, indeed, a beautiful thing. 

The list of standard items further includes three-zone climate control. A panoramic sunroof is also present. However, it’s worth noting that a sliding blind (to keep the sun out) is not. Fortunately, the glass is heat-insulated. Speaking of heat, as standard, the front pews feature heating functionality. Front seats with heating, ventilation, and massage functionality are available for R15 100. The latter function undoubtedly enhances comfort when on the open road (and, if you’re taller, relaxes your back muscles after climbing in). 

Long journeys are where the e-tron GT quattro excels. It’s a venerable grand tourer. Sat behind the steering wheel; the bonnet stretches out before you. Depress the throttle, and the car picks up speed at an exhilarating pace. The twin electric motor arrangement produces 350 kW and 630 Nm of torque. An additional 40 kW and 10 Nm are available for a couple of seconds when engaging launch control. 

These figures allow the 2 350 kg saloon to sprint to 100 km/h from a standstill in a claimed 4.5 seconds (4.1 seconds when launch control is activated) and on to a top speed of 245 km/h. However, despite being sufficiently fast, the e-tron GT quattro remains comfortable. The suspension is supple. And, despite its weight, it felt glued to the tarmac when cornering. The steering felt heavier than expected. 

The e-tron GT quattro’s 93.4 kWh, of which 83.7 kWh is usable, battery pack allows you to travel up to 488 km on a single full charge. Although this figure isn’t as high as some of its German EV rivals (read our feature on the top five EVs with the most range in SA here), you can rest assured. Audi and GridCars have recently installed numerous new charging stations around the country. 

Plugged into a DC fast charger, the battery is replenished from 5 to 80 per cent in 22.5 minutes. Audi says, here, a 5-minute charge provides approximately 100 km of range. 

e-tron GT quattro

Arriving back in town, you are immediately reminded of how low the e-tron GT quattro sits on the ground. In the coupé-styled saloon, even more (than most cars) caution is required when approaching speed bumps to prevent scratching the car’s nose. Fortunately, the suspension can be lifted. 

In addition, it’s best to avoid tight parking spaces. Based on the same (J9) platform as the Porsche Taycan, the e-tron GT quattro measures nearly five metres in length (4 989 mm, to be exact) and 2 158 mm in width (1 964 mm excluding the side mirrors). The sloping roofline is low, though, with the electric saloon measuring only 1 413 mm in height. Fortunately, the three-dimensional surround-view camera system made parking the car more manageable. 

The verdict

4.5/5

A remarkable piece of machinery, the e-tron GT quattro is arguably one of the best EVs currently available, not only for how it drives and performs but for the feeling it elicits… Cue Black Sabbath’s Iron Man. 

Deep data

Audi e-tron GT quattro

  • Price: R2 715 000
  • Battery: 93.4 kWh
  • Engine: twin electric motors
  • Transmission: 2-spd AT
  • Driven wheels: 4
  • Power: 350 kW
  • Torque: 630 Nm
  • 0-100 km/h: 4.5 seconds
  • Top speed: 245 km/h
  • Energy consumption: 19.9 kWh/100 km 
  • Range: 488 km
  • CO2: 0 g/km
  • Length: 4989
  • Height: 1413
  • Width: 1964 
  • Wheelbase: 2898
  • Weight: 2350 
  • Luggage capacity: 405 L (rear)/85 L (front)
  • Warranty: 1 year/unlimited km (vehicle) | 8 years/160 000 km (battery)
  • Maintenance plan: 5 years/100 000 km

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