Audi Q4 e-tron Review 2023
Audi Q4 e-tron At A Glance
Audi has bold ambitions for its Q4 e-tron. While it previously dabbled in electric vehicles with the full-fat e-tron electric SUV (and more recently the e-tron GT sports car), the Audi Q4 e-tron is set to become a big seller. It reckons it'll account 14.4 per cent of the brand's sales in the UK in 2022. That'll make it its second top-selling car, after the timelessly popular Audi A3. Our Audi Q4 e-tron review explains all.
The Q4 e-tron is based on the same MEB platform that underpins other VW Group electric vehicles, including the Volkswagen ID.4, Skoda Enyaq iV and Cupra Born. Predictably, it's posher and more expensive than its peers, pitched to rival the BMW iX3, Mercedes EQB, Polestar 2, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y (to name a few). As well as the standard SUV model, there's also a coupe-SUV Sportback derivative.
The range starts from around £40,000 with the Q4 35 e-tron, which uses a small 55kWh battery to provide an electric range of 208 miles. The Audi Q4 40 e-tron is equipped with a larger 82kWh battery and a more powerful electric motor, providing faster acceleration and increasing range to an impressive 316 miles.
At the top of the range from a drivetrain perspective, the Q4 50 e-tron Quattro uses the same 82kWh battery, but powering a motor on each axle. That means its four-wheel drive, with a maximum output of 299PS and 460Nm of torque. It'll accelerate to 62mph in 6.2 seconds, but you won't be doing that regularly if you want to get anywhere near its official 298-mile range.
The smaller battery can be charged at a rate of 100kW with compatible chargers, while the bigger battery can be topped up at speeds of up to 125kW. In ideal conditions, this means the battery can be charged from five to 80 per cent in around 38 minutes.
Buyers can choose from a range of distinct trim levels: Sport, S line, Edition 1 and Vorsprung. We've driven the Audi Q4 40 e-tron in Sport trim and it felt satisfyingly upmarket – with a 10.1-inch navigation system as standard, as well as a slick 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit, sport seats and LED interior (and exterior) lighting.
It's also spacious enough to use as your main family car, with a big boot and enough space in the rear seats for three adults (at a push). If out-and-out practicality is high up on your wish list, you might want to look at the Skoda Enyaq iV instead.
We'll hold our full judgement until we've spent more time with the new Audi Q4 e-tron, but first impressions are overwhelmingly positive. Its interior is noticeably upmarket compare to its Volkswagen Group peers, while its impressive electric range and versatile cabin mean you could easily use the Q4 as your main (or only) car and for now is one of the best electric cars going.
Looking for a second opinion? What not read heycar's Audi Q4 e-tron review.