James Disdale
23 August 2021

Given how closely related the E-tron GT is to the Porsche Taycan, it would be easy to assume that this was just a cynical exercise in badge engineering; and because of the way electric motors deliver their performance, the similarities are in some respects uncanny (you can’t, of course, but accelerate in both while blindfolded and you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference).

Yet the real surprise is that the more time you spend with the Audi, the more you realise the brand’s engineers have imbued it with its own distinct character. One that’s better than the Porsche? No, but it is different. It’s not as quite as engaging or ultimately capable, but it’s not far behind and it slips into your life even more easily, looks better and has an interior that works more intuitively (even if it doesn’t feel quite as robust).

Ultimately, there’s a place for both, but there’s also an argument that the Audi’s character, with its softer ride and lighter controls, better suits the easier-going EV vibe. It’s perhaps not at its best in Vorsprung guise, which adds more than £25,000 to the price in exchange for many dynamic enhancements that do little to enhance driver engagement (the air springs do add a little extra comfort and the four-wheel steer is handy in a tight spot, but that’s about it).

That said, steer clear of many of the options and the E-tron GT is a hugely capable and likeable car, and one that signals an all-electric future is one to be embraced rather than feared.