Audi Q4 e-tron review
The Q4 e-tron is Audi’s latest electric SUV. It looks exceptionally smart and promises competitive range, but you can expect to pay a premium for that posh badge
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At the front, there’s a gargantuan grille with the four rings planted smack in the middle, flanked by thin headlights and large air intakes, so you won’t be in any doubt what make of car is hassling your rear bumper.
You can customise the daytime running lights with four different patterns, too – maybe you want your Q4 e-tron to stand out from your neighbour’s…
Both bodystyles look pretty similar down the sides with the exception of the sloping roofline on the latter, which also has a rear window that’s split by a large spoiler running across it. The back of both cars is dominated by a huge LED light bar, and you’ve got the choice of alloy wheels from 19- to 21-inches in size.
There are two battery options for the Audi Q4 e-tron. The Q4 ’35’ e-tron has a 52kWh battery that delivers 212 miles of range in the SUV and 217 miles in the Sportback. Both come with a 170hp electric motor that drives the front wheels, and they’ll both accelerate from 0-60mph in nine seconds flat.
You can also get a beefier Q4 ’40’ e-tron with a 77kWh battery and a 204hp electric motor, which can do 323 miles on a charge. Again, the Sportback version goes that little bit farther; it can do 328 miles (more than any other Q4 e-tron model.) Both versions will accelerate from 0-60mph in 8.5 seconds.
At the top of the Audi Q4 range is the Q4 ’50’ e-tron with dual motors and four-wheel drive. This version comes with the same 77kWh battery as the Q4 ’40’ e-tron, but SUV models have 303 miles of range and Sportback versions return 309 miles.
Both versions of the Audi Q4 ’50’ e-tron come with a 109hp electric motor driving the front wheels and a 204hp electric motor driving the rear wheels. In total, this four-wheel-drive set-up produces 299hp and allows them to crack the 0-60mph sprint in 6.2 seconds.
The Q4 e-tron is built on the same platform as the Volkswagen ID 4, but being an Audi you can expect it to be far posher.
All versions support 125kW fast charging, which can add 80 miles of extra range in about 10 minutes.
Being an electric car means the Audi Q4 e-tron has a flat interior floor – just the thing for carrying three people in the back.
In terms of design, recycled materials are used for a number of upholstery options and you get a rather funky-looking squared-off steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons rather than ones you can physically click.
Boot space comes in at 525 litres for the SUV, but the Sportback can only carry 520 litres of stuff as a result of its sloping roofline. That’s around 135 litres less than you’ll fit in the full-size Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback.
All versions of the Q4 e-tron get a 10.1-inch infotainment system as standard, with higher-spec cars pairing that up with an 11.6-inch digital driver’s display. All support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay too, so you can link-up your smartphone and use your favourite music-streaming service and navigation apps through the car’s built-in screen.
There’s augmented-reality technology available for the head-up display too, which works alongside the navigation to beam helpful direction arrows directly at the turnings you need to take. It’s a bit like playing a rally game with the corners indicators shown on screen, albeit quite a bit slower…
The Audi Q4 e-tron will go on sale in June, with deliveries to follow later in 2021.
Audi has yet to confirm how much it’ll cost, but you’ll likely pay around £36,000 for the entry-level Q4 35 e-tron SUV and £38,000 for the Sportback. Top-spec Q4 50 e-tron models could cost more than £50,000.
Once we’ve driven the new Q4 e-tron, we’ll let you know exactly what we think of it. In the meantime, head on over to our deals page to see how much money we can save you on a new Audi.