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Audi Q4 e-tron SUV review

"The Audi Q4 e-tron is the first affordable electric model from Audi, boasting an upmarket interior and design to help set it apart from rivals"

Carbuyer Rating

4.3 out of 5

Price
£40,035 - £64,355

Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Strong performance
  • Fairly practical

Cons

  • Less expensive rivals
  • Poor range from 52kWh battery
  • No 'frunk'

The Audi Q4 e-tron isn't just another new SUV for the brand; it's set to become its most popular electric vehicle. In fact, some predictions suggest it will become Audi's best-selling model behind the A3 hatchback, as more buyers make the switch to electric.

It's a sister car to the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV, sharing much of their technology under the skin. The Q4 e-tron also needs to compete with the Polestar 2, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Mercedes EQB and Tesla Model 3 (along with the Model Y when it arrives). 

Several versions of the Q4 e-tron are available, so buyers can choose from the Q4 35 e-tron with 168bhp and a 52kWh battery, or the Q4 40 e-tron with 201bhp and a 77kWh battery, both of which are rear-wheel drive. A range-topping Q4 50 e-tron gets the same 77kWh battery but an extra motor for the front wheels increases power to 295bhp and gives the car all-wheel drive. 

Driving range spans from 193 miles to 316 miles depending on the battery fitted and trim level, and we saw a predicted range of around 270 miles in the Q4 40 e-tron we tested. Rapid public charging from 5-80% takes 38 minutes across the range, at speeds of between 100kW and 125kW.

As you'd expect for an Audi, its interior is a highlight, with a higher quality of finish and materials than most rivals, although this is reflected in the car’s price. We also like Audi's MMI infotainment setup, which retains physical switches for the climate control, instead of the fiddly touch-sensitive sliders. Trim levels include Sport, S Line, Edition 1 and Vorsprung, with the first two offering all most buyers will likely need. Edition 1 adds black exterior trim, Matrix LED headlights and a new hexagonal steering wheel, while the fully loaded Vorsprung gets a panoramic sunroof, Nappa leather upholstery and a Sonos sound system.

The electric Audi's 'skateboard' electric platform has allowed designers to make it more practical than you might expect. A flat floor boosts interior space, especially for rear passengers, and its boot measures 520 litres behind the rear seats. There are also neat storage areas dotted around for smaller items, along with a hidden area for the charging cable under the boot floor. 

Next Steps

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    125kW 35 55.52kWh Sport 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £40,035

Most Economical

  • Name
    150kW 40 82.77kWh Sport 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £44,275

Fastest

  • Name
    220kW 50 Quattro 82.77kWh Sport 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £50,655

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