It wasn’t probably the most picturesque day for baggage testing, what with all the rubbish cans and sketchy-ass van. Nobody gave the impression to be kidnapped that day at the least.
Any who, the Audi This fall E-Tron is an all-electric crossover on the identical MEB platform because the Volkswagen ID.4 and varied different VW group EVs. As we’re speaking about cargo capability, it would not have as a lot because the impressively voluminous ID.4 (certainly one of its few agreeable components inside), however as I’d uncover, it is capable of carry extra baggage than the disappointing Audi Q5. It is waaaay higher than the rinky-dink Q3.
Formally, the common This fall E-Tron I examined has 24.8 cubic-feet of cargo capability, whereas the Sportback model satirically has extra at 26.1 cubic ft. I can not actually wrap my head round why. Both manner, these figures are consistent with a bigger subcompact SUV. So is the quantity of stuff it could possibly maintain, however there are some caveats as common.
Like many small SUVs, the This fall E-Tron comes with two cargo flooring ranges. The higher one is to offer a flat flooring when the again seat is lowered, whereas the decrease one is for reaching max capability with the again seat raised. As I am solely within the latter, I solely examined with it lowered.
One factor I like concerning the This fall setup are the detachable partitions on both facet that allow you to make the most of the cargo space’s full width when the decrease flooring top is getting used. I want my Kia Niro had this function since I completely use the decrease flooring top.
The This fall’s cargo cowl is of the large, inflexible, hatchback-style selection that positively cannot be saved elsewhere within the automobile do you have to instantly end up in want of more room than it permits beneath.
That state of affairs is why I check with and with out the cargo cowl. So let’s get cracking. As at all times, I take advantage of two midsize curler suitcases that may should be checked in on the airport (26 inches lengthy, 16 large, 11 deep), two roll-aboard suitcases that simply barely match within the overhead (24L x 15W x 10D), and one smaller roll-aboard that matches simply (23L x 15W x 10D). I additionally embody my spouse’s fancy in a single day bag simply to spruce issues up a bit (21L x 12W x 12D).
Not unhealthy! This could be every thing however the fancy bag and much better than the Q5 may handle. It is all because of that decrease flooring possibility.
OK, now it is time to chuck the cargo cowl, cost wire and detachable facet panels to the curb. Actually. I’d advocate storing them someplace aside from your garden.
All the things match, but it surely was not straightforward. Luggage have been at angles (particularly within the higher left Tetris) and it took a number of tries to give you these imperfect choices, however lo and behold, it did certainly match. I needed to slide the seats ahead within the Q5 and Q3 in an effort to make all of that work, so bravo This fall.
Shifting away from the Audi household, although, how does the This fall truthful in opposition to different EVs? The EQB smokes it, however then it smokes nearly each car of comparable exterior dimension. The Kia EV6 and Ford Mustang Mach-E are additionally higher, however then it is also common for luxury-brand automobiles to truthful barely worse when it comes to inside house than non-luxury ones. Clearly totally different physique types, however the This fall does have a elaborate bag price greater than the BMW i4.
Ultimately, I might say a strong displaying consistent with its on-paper quantity with none weirdness. The This fall’s cargo space takes benefit of its quantity effectively.