Audi e-tron practicality, boot space & towing
Seven seats aren't an option, but in other respects the Audi e-tron is practical and family-friendly
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As you might guess from its generous exterior dimensions, the Audi e-tron is a spacious car inside, providing plenty of room for five adults and their luggage. Audi has elected not to try squeezing seven seats in the car plus all of its battery packs, as that may have made things a bit more cramped. That gives the Tesla Model X an advantage over its Audi rival, but the Tesla's rearmost seats are only suitable for small children.
However, being based on the same platform as Audi's internal-combustion SUVs, the e-tron doesn't have the same level of space that cars built on bespoke electric platforms, such as Teslas. However, standard air suspension, supportive seats, plenty of adjustment up front and quiet running at speed all combine to make the e-tron an extremely comfortable car. It's one of its most impressive attributes, in fact.
Audi e-tron interior space & storage
Along with lots of passenger space, the e-tron provides plenty of interior storage, including a large box between the front seats. And with no third row of seats in the boot, the second row is as accommodating as it can be, so even taller adults won't feel cramped in the back. Headroom, legroom and visibility are impressive all round.
A generous 660-litre boot (which is usefully bigger than the boots of the Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQC) offers plentiful space for luggage in the e-tron. And you don't even have to take up any of that room with the car's charging cables: a separate 60-litre compartment under the bonnet is provided for that.
For carrying large loads, the rear seats can be dropped to free up a total load area of 1,725 litres. Ultimately the Audi is the most practical of its close rivals, even if the more expensive and even bigger Model X trumps it given the even roomier cabin and the six and seven-seat layouts on offer in the Tesla.
Notably for an electric car, the Audi e-tron is rated for towing. An optional tow hitch can be specified, and a maximum braked weight of 1,800kg can be pulled. That's not quite as good as the Model X's 2,250kg maximum, but many other rivals aren't rated for towing at all.
In This Review
- 1VerdictAudi's first production electric car is impressive, but also outclassed by rivals like the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Audi e-tron gets impressive rapid-charging capability, but we'd expect better real-world range given the large battery
- 3Running costsThe usual electric-car advantages apply here, but there's no getting around the fact the Audi e-tron is expensive to buy initially
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe Audi e-tron is comfortable and smooth, but far from the last word in sportiness
- 5Interior & comfortThe Audi e-tron has a fantastic interior and features some showstopping technology
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingSeven seats aren't an option, but in other respects the Audi e-tron is practical and family-friendly
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Audi e-tron fares well in both of these areas, with loads of advanced driver aids and a five-star Euro NCAP score