2022 Audi E-Tron GT Review: Finding the Right Balance

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The entry-level E-Tron GT has an electric motor at each axle developing a total of 469 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels; power is increased to 522 hp and 472 lb-ft with overboost activated or when using launch control. The GT’s Porsche twin, the Taycan 4S, has 40 less horsepower in normal driving but the same overboost figure. Audi says the E-Tron GT will hit 60 mph in 3.9, and that’s more than fast enough both off the line in everyday situations and when passing on the highway. Like the Porsche, the Audi uses a two-speed transmission that provides a unique EV driving experience and makes a cool sound when it changes gears, but I wish the artificial ‘engine’ sounds of the E -Tron be more interesting.

Basically, every modern EV has great acceleration stats, and luckily the E-Tron GT is great to drive overall. Air suspension is standard and provides a nice, smooth ride with minimal body roll. My test car has the $6,000 performance package, which adds rear wheel steering and torque vectoring, plus gloss black exterior trim, rad matrix LED headlights and other cosmetics. . Although its steering isn’t as sharp as the Taycan’s, the E-Tron GT’s electronic power steering is quick and direct, especially with the car in Dynamic mode. Even with those Pirelli Cinturato P7 all-season tires, the E-Tron GT is great fun to tackle on a twisty road; it’s the type of car I don’t want to stop driving.

One area where the E-Tron GT is objectively superior to the Taycan is its range. The E-Tron GT has a 93.4 kilowatt-hour battery and a range of 238 miles, while the standard Taycan 4S uses a 79.2 kWh pack and has a range of 199 miles. The Porsche is available with the same larger package as the Audi for $5,570, but that model still trails the E-Tron GT’s range by 11 miles. Both cars have really minimal regenerative braking, which is disappointing. Although the brakes on the E-Tron GT are very powerful, I wish it had a true one-pedal drive mode, which I really appreciate even for sport driving.

2022 Audi E-Tron GT in Tactical Green

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2022 Audi E-Tron GT in Tactical Green

This tactical green paint changes dramatically depending on the lighting.

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It took me a while to get used to the design of the E-Tron GT, and the tactical green paint job on this test car really helps. The metallic hue ranges from olive green to baby vomit yellow depending on the light, and it suits the GT’s crisp lines. Personally, I’d spec the $350 body-color grille insert, which helps break up the blackness of the cluttered front bumper styling. I would also opt for the larger 21-inch wheels for $2,000 because they fill the wheel wells better. But even in a boring color with small wheels, the E-Tron GT has plenty of road presence, and that’s what matters.

The interior of the E-Tron GT is less successful in my eyes, at least in terms of appearance. The angular design has some cool elements, but overall it looks confusing, like where the dashboard air vents line up with the door handles. (The dash’s edge design also makes it prone to bumping your knee.) It doesn’t help that this GT has an all-black interior with matte carbon-fiber trim; the optional red, brown or even light gray leather would make a big difference. The GT has a frunk but it’s quite small, and the sedan’s trunk opening is shallow and annoying to load a suitcase into.

But as with all modern Audis, fit and finish is fantastic and all trim is top of the line. This GT has the $4,000 Full Leather Interior Package, which adds leather to more surfaces along with microsuede panels, perforated Nappa leather seats with honeycomb stitching, 18-way sport front seats with ventilation and massage functions in the front seats and a perforated flat-lower leather steering wheel in place of the standard Alcantara steering wheel.

2022 Audi E-Tron GT in Tactical Green

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2022 Audi E-Tron GT in Tactical Green

The E-Tron GT has a stylish interior.

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I’m glad the GT ditches the dual-screen infotainment setup found in the E-Tron SUV in favor of a single 10.1-inch screen, with physical climate controls on the dash below. Some of these toggle switches are unmarked and tied to a small display screen for the HVAC system, which makes them a bit annoying to figure out. The E-Tron GT’s MMI infotainment is otherwise smooth and easy to use, with good haptic feedback and crisp graphics. Audi’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit screen is still one of the best around, though I wish it was a bit more configurable.

The E-Tron GT starts at $103,895 including a $1,495 destination charge, which undercuts the Taycan 4S by $4,055 – and that’s before you add the bigger battery to the Porsche. This E-Tron GT is the most expensive $7,200 Prestige trim level, which adds adaptive cruise control, ambient lighting, heated rear seats, a head-up display, and an excellent Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system. The whole thing in this lean green machine is $121,690, still about $20,000 cheaper than the more powerful RS E-Tron GT, and it looks like the price is worth it.

With its combination of style, performance and quality, I think the E-Tron GT is Audi’s most compelling product. It is also a glimpse into the future of the brand, as Audi and Porsche prepare to launch the first production vehicles on the jointly developed PPE platform from the end of this year. With the E-Tron GT as good as it is, I can’t wait to drive what comes next.

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