The world’s love affair with SUVs has taken its toll on minivan sales in recent years, but is the sports utility vehicle really as practical as the once traditional family hauler? The boxy shape of an MPV maximizes interior space and it usually results in a roomier interior with more space for the passenger and their luggage compared to an SUV of the same size.
SUVs come in different forms nowadays, and while some maximize practicality, others put an emphasis on design. That’s the story of the Audi E-Tron Sportback as you lose some of the day-to-day usability for the sake of extra style. Its coupe-like sloped roofline eats into the available rear headroom, not to mention the cargo capacity.
YouTuber Bjørn Nyland focused on all things EVs had the chance to spend some time with the Audi E-Tron Sportback and did his signature banana test. While it’s not the most scientific evaluation, it does paint an accurate picture regarding how much stuff you can put in the trunk. He actually started with the frunk where he failed to cram a banana box into the relatively small cargo area. Audi says it can swallow 60 liters (2.1 cubic feet) or the same as it does in the regular E-Tron.
It’s a different story with the rear cargo area as the sleeker body shape of the Sportback reduces the volume to 615 liters (21.7 cubic feet) compared to the E-Tron’s 660 liters (23.3 cubic feet), with both numbers including the frunk’s capacity.
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Bjørn Nyland experienced the Sportback’s decreased practicality first-hand by being able to cram in only seven boxes, down by one compared to the standard E-Tron. That might not seem much, but we need to keep in mind the swoopy version is more expensive, so you pay more for less space – all for the sake of extra style.
With the rear seats folded, the E-Tron Sportback offers 1,665 liters (58.8 cubic feet) and was able to accommodate 23 banana boxes. That was actually on a par with the regular model, even though the latter offers up to 1,725 liters (60.9 cubic feet) of luggage space with the rear bench down.
At the end of the day, it all depends on personal preferences. Styling is subjective and I’m sure many people would rather get the regular E-Tron while saving some money in the process. Others prefer the Sportback thanks to its coupe-esque shape and are willing to sacrifice some of the practicality while paying a tad more.