Skip advert
Advertisement
In-depth reviews

Audi Q4 e-tron review - Range, charging & running costs

The Q4 e-tron offers fast charging speeds and driving ranges that are competitive rather than class-leading

Carbuyer Rating

4.3 out of 5

Owners Rating
Be the first to review
Range, charging & running costs Rating

4.5 out of 5

Audi has created a hierarchy in the Q4 e-tron range, so, depending on which version you go for, the car's range and charging speed will be affected. A range of up to 316 miles in the most efficient version is competitive and should suffice for most buyers but the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model 3 can go further. 

Audi Q4 e-tron range and charging

The Q4 35 e-tron is the most affordable version but it has the smaller 52kWh battery, which is around the same capacity as the one in the Peugeot e-2008. This can provide up to 208 miles between charges but this drops to 193 miles for the Vorsprung trim with bigger wheels and lots of kit. Charging is possible at up to 100kW using public rapid charging, while a 7.2kW home wallbox can recharge it in around 7.5 hours. 

Advertisement - Article continues below

With a 77kWh battery, the Q4 40 e-tron can hit 317 miles, but this drops to 294 miles for the most luxurious trims and for the Q4 50 e-tron with its four-wheel drive. During our testing, the Q4 40 e-tron showed around 270 miles of range from a full charge, which appeared realistic given the efficiency figures of our drive. These versions can now charge at up to 135kW, up from 125kW for cars built until March 2022, while home charging is also possible at up to 11kW using a three-phase domestic charger. A 7.4kW home wallbox will take 11.5 hours to fully charge the Q4 e-tron, so even with very little range left you can wake up with a full battery.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

Charging at 135kW will top up the battery from 5-80% in 29 minutes for the 40 e-tron and 36 minutes for the 50 e-tron. Cars that can accept the slightly lower charging rate (125kW) will take 38 minutes, regardless of the model you pick. A 10-minute top-up can add around 80 miles of range. 

Like other electric models, the Q4 e-tron benefits from VED (road tax) exemption, along with a very low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) liability for company-car drivers. The Audi will also be exempt from the London Congestion Charge until 2025, with large potential savings for those who commute in the city.

Advertisement - Article continues below

All Audi Q4 e-tron models use the same size battery, an 82kWh unit with a usable capacity of 77kWh. Despite this, there’s a definite hierarchy in terms of efficiency which means that, depending on which version you go for, the range and charging speed will be affected. 

A WLTP combined range of 292 to 330 miles is the best the Q4 e-tron can muster in the most efficient ‘45’ rear-wheel drive form SUV form and Sportback models are seven to nine miles better than that because of their superior aerodynamics. That’s competitive with rivals but the longest range cars in the mid-size SUV class can now top 350 miles – like the Tesla Model Y Long Range and the Renault Scenic. The Polestar 2 can top 400 miles on a charge.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

If you step up to the 45 quattro model the range is between 287 and 319 miles and the 55 quattro is rated as the same level. These quattro cars can charge at 175kW thanks to their different battery chemistry but the charging time over the typical 20 to 80% increment is the same 28 minutes as for the 135kW rear-wheel drive models. The quattro is faster on a quick charge though, able to add 106 miles of range in 10 minutes at a suitable charger compared to 90 miles in the RWD models. Using a 7kW home wallbox it will take around 12 hours to fully charge the Q4 e-tron.   

Advertisement - Article continues below

We tested the old Audi Q4 e-tron 50 model over a 5,000-mile long-term test and averaged 3.2 miles per kWh, which would equate to a 250-mile real-world range. On a shorter test of the old 40 model driving mainly around town, we were able to average 4.2 miles per kWh, equating to a 323-mile range. This bodes well for the current 45 and 55 variants with their extended ranges resulting from efficiency improvements to the electric motor. They should be able to get very close to their claimed range figures in real-world use, and our shorter drives in the current variants on German roads also back this up.   

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

Like other electric models, the Q4 e-tron benefits from VED (road tax) exemption, along with a very low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) liability for company-car drivers. The Audi will also be exempt from the London Congestion Charge until 2025, with large potential savings for those who commute in the city.Image removed.

Insurance groups

The Q4 e-tron is more powerful these days so insurance is predictably more expensive. All the rear-wheel drive 45 versions sit in group 36, the 45 quattro is in group 37 and the 55 sits in groups 39 to 40. This means buyers are going to pay more to insure the Audi than you will for cheaper cars like the Kia Niro EV (groups 28 to 29) but about the same as you would for a BMW iX1 (37 to 38), which is a direct rival. Tesla’s Model Y is in group 46.

Warranty

The standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty from Audi isn't especially generous but the battery does get a longer eight-year/100,000-mile warranty for extra reassurance. It's similar cover to Volkswagen, Skoda and Ford but Hyundai, Kia and Toyota offer longer no-cost cover.

Servicing

Unlike many petrol and diesel cars, the Q4 e-tron only requires servicing every two years instead of annually. Buyers can pick between Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 servicing plans, with the most affordable costing around £400 and providing a service, plus pollen filter and brake fluid change. Costing just under £800, Level 2 doubles the offering of Level 1, while Level 3 costs just under £900 and includes two MoT tests in years three and four of ownership.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    210kW 45 82kWh Sport 5dr Auto [Leather]
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £51,270

Most Economical

  • Name
    210kW 45 Quattro 82kWh Sport 5dr Auto [Leather]
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £52,700

Fastest

  • Name
    250kW 55 Quattro 82kWh Sport 5dr Auto [Leather]
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £57,650

Steve Walker is group web editor at Autovia, overseeing the online presence of Auto Express, Carbuyer, evo and DrivingElectric. Steve has been working as a motoring journalist, road tester and editor since 2002 and has written about cars for numerous titles over the years from Coach and Bus Week and the Yorkshire Post to The Scotsman, AutoTrader, MSN and the Wall Street Journal

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Tesla Model 3 review - one car to rule them all?
Tesla Model 3 facelift
In-depth reviews
24 Jun 2024

Tesla Model 3 review - one car to rule them all?

MG Cyberster roadster review - a unique open-top EV experience
MG Cyberster UK
In-depth reviews
24 Jun 2024

MG Cyberster roadster review - a unique open-top EV experience

Cupra Formentor review – our favourite hot SUV
Cupra Formentor 2024 facelift
In-depth reviews
24 Jun 2024

Cupra Formentor review – our favourite hot SUV

Hot car deal: Cupra Ateca SUV for just £229 a month is a stylish and spacious bargain
Cupra Ateca deal 2024
Deals
21 Jun 2024

Hot car deal: Cupra Ateca SUV for just £229 a month is a stylish and spacious bargain

Have You Considered

Fiat 600 review – a stylish and charming small SUV
Fiat 600e front quarter dynamic
In-depth reviews
31 May 2024

Fiat 600 review – a stylish and charming small SUV

Jeep Avenger review – a characterful and value-packed small SUV
Jeep Avenger petrol front 3/4
In-depth reviews
30 May 2024

Jeep Avenger review – a characterful and value-packed small SUV

Most Popular

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s best PCP finance offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
21 Jun 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s best PCP finance offers

Engine management light: what to do if it comes on
Engine warning light
Tips and advice
12 Jun 2024

Engine management light: what to do if it comes on

New Audi e-tron GT now has 912bhp in RS Performance guise
Audi RS e-tron GT front quarter
News
17 Jun 2024

New Audi e-tron GT now has 912bhp in RS Performance guise

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
21 Mar 2024

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
Best electric cars
Best cars
16 May 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024