Audi Q4 e-tron Review 2022

Audi Q4 e-tron At A Glance

4/5
Honest John Overall Rating
Audi's premium electric SUV is expensive but lavishly kitted out. Its interior is almost unbeatable while a choice of drivetrains cater for a wide range of buyers. It's top-drawer competition for the BMW iX3 and Mercedes EQB.

+Superb, premium interior. Loads of space. Generous equipment levels across the range. Most efficient models can officially travel 316 miles between charges.

-Most affordable models are more than £40,000. Not going to turn as many heads as a Polestar 2 or Ford Mustang Mach-E.

New prices start from £41,825
Insurance Groups are between 25–39

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.

Ask Honest John

Audi Q4 35 e-tron - range has dropped 30%, is this normal?
"I am concerned that my EV’s mileage availability has dropped off a cliff now the more severe and cold weather is here. The car is less than four months old and had acceptable mileage range during the summer months. On the last three charges to the recommended 80% maximum and leaving the car on my drive overnight, I have experienced around 30% loss of range on each occasion Is this a phenomenon of EVs or should I be complaining to Audi?"
Electric vehicle range does drop in cold weather, particularly with the heater on. Research from AAA suggested the range can drop by 41 per cent and anecdotally I have heard of drops of 20 per cent to 30 per cent.
Answered by Sarah Tooze
Audi Q4 e-tron doesn't recognise me as the Key User - what do I do?
"In September 2021 I purchased an Audi Q4 e-tron 40 Launch Edition. I am very pleased with the vehicle. The only problem I am having is that I cannot get the MMI unit to recognise me as the Key User. I have been back to the main dealer on three occasions and have been informed that this is a common problem with the new Audi Q4. They have been unable to resolve the problem as they are waiting for a reply from Audi. I subsequently contacted Audi Customer Care and Support, only to be told they could not offer me technical advice and I should visit my main dealer where a "Highly Trained Specialist" in the service department would assist me. I was unable to find a Highly Trained Specialist on my last visit to the dealer. The MYAUDI app on my smartphone shows me as the Key User. Are you aware of this being a common problem with the Q4 or am I the only one? If the issue cannot be resolved do you suggest I write to Audi HQ in this country? "
We're not aware of this particular issue, but we have heard of various problems with infotainment screens in new Volkswagen Group cars. In the meantime, I'll add your report to our Audi Q4 e-tron review, but a good-natured letter to Audi UK clearly outlining the problem won't do any harm. I would advise mentioning the issue in an Audi forum – you might band together a group of people who have suffered the same issue, which will add weight to your letter.
Answered by Russell Campbell
What's the best 4x4 electric estate car?
"We're looking for a medium-sized electric car with all-wheel drive and an estate bodystyle (to carry our large dog). Mileage needs are low (typically 50-60 miles per day). The Skoda Enyaq is a bit larger than we would like and I've read bad reviews of the ID.4's infotainment system. What do you suggest I buy?"
I don't think you'll find an electric car with four-wheel drive that's much smaller than the Enyaq. You could try the Audi Q4 e-tron – it's a more premium choice, based on the same platform as the Enyaq and Volkswagen ID.4. Also consider the new Hyundai Ioniq 5. If you're willing to compromise on AWD, a Kia e-Niro could be a good option.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What are self-sealing tyres?
"I recently purchased an Audi Q4 e-tron. When I viewed the car it was advertised with a tyre repair kit. However, when I took delivery I couldn't find the kit anywhere. I spoke with the salesman at the garage from whom I got the car and was informed by him that the tyre repair kit referred to an interior sealant coating on the 20-inch wheels that were on the vehicle when I bought it. I thought the car would have an actual repair kit that you could re-inflate the tyre that was punctured by inserting a sealant through the valve cap. Have you heard of self-sealing tyres before? "
Self-sealing tyres are becoming increasingly common. The tyre treat contains an internal sealant that will automatically seal a puncture. Audi Q4 e-trons with 20-inch wheels or above do not come with a tyre repair kit as the tyres come with self-sealing technology. Only Sport vehicles will come with the tyre repair kit (as they have 19-inch wheels).
Answered by Russell Campbell
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