Audi e-tron GT vs Porsche Taycan 4S: space and practicality
Neither car is exceptionally practical, but additional boot space up front and comfortable seating count in their favour
Both the Audi and the Porsche are more practical than you might expect at first glance, thanks to them having an extra 84 litres of luggage storage space in the nose. It’s a good place to keep the charging cables, seeing as the main boot at the rear only holds just over 400 litres of luggage in both cars, and has minimal underfloor storage. The rear seats do split 40:20:40 and fold down, for occasionally carrying longer or larger items.
For rear-seat passengers, there’s no getting away from the fact taller adults will feel a bit cramped in the back of either the Porsche or the Audi. Their seats are comfortable and supportive, but leg and headroom are on the tight side. Occupants will appreciate the twin USB slots on offer in the centre console of both cars, while the e-tron GT does slightly better than the Taycan when it comes to storage areas around the rear seats, too.
While a conventional large saloon car can usually carry five adults at a push, it’s not really an option with either of these models. They’re four-seaters as standard, although you can add a central rear seat at extra cost. We wouldn’t bother, though; it’s so small as to be almost useless, with anyone other than a small child likely to feel pretty uncomfortable on all but the shortest journeys.
In This Review
- 1IntroThey use a lot of the same technology under the metal, but which of these sleek four-door coupes is the better electric performance car?
- 2Range, charging and fuel economyBoth models offer decent driving range on a charge, but the Taycan seems to handle changes in driving style and weather conditions better than the Audi
- 3Performance and handlingBoth cars are seriously impressive to drive, but the Taycan just has the edge for sheer responsiveness and agility
- 4Space and practicality - currently readingNeither car is exceptionally practical, but additional boot space up front and comfortable seating count in their favour
- 5Interior and infotainmentBoth cars offer extremely high-quality interiors packed with the latest in-car technology
- 6Running costs and warrantyLow running costs, strong warranties and impressive residual values mean it's good news all round here, save for high insurance groups
- 7Safety and reliabilityThe strong reliability common to all electric cars, combined with an excellent crash-test score for the Porsche, are causes for confidence here
- 8Verdict and specificationsA slightly more enjoyable driving experience just shades it for the Porsche, but both models are great examples of how good an electric performance car can be