What Car? says...
The Audi Q4 e-tron could well be the model that convinces you that electric cars are more than just a niche choice. You've probably seen a lot of Q4s on the road since its launch.
Indeed, Audi predicted a while back that this large electric SUV would quickly become its second-best-selling model. Popularity is far from a guarantee of greatness though, so is the Q4 e-tron worthy of your attention and – more importantly – your cash?
The Q4 e-tron didn’t feature in our 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey but Audi was unimpressive. It finished in 21st place out of 32 manufacturers with a score of 91.1% (ahead of Jaguar but behind Volvo and Tesla). The Q4’s battery warranty lasts for eight years (or 100,000 miles).
The Q4 e-tron’s range depends on which model you pick. The entry-level Q4 40 Sport can do up to 322 miles and the Q4 50 Sport up to 312 miles. The Q4 40 S Line’s 312-mile official range dropped to 266 miles in our winter electric car test.
We recommend the Q4 e-tron 40 Sport. This is because the 40 version offers plenty of performance and the best range in the line-up, without the high cost of the 50 version. Meanwhile, Sport trim is the cheapest choice but still offers luxuries including three-zone climate control, heated front seats and 19in alloy wheels.
The Q4 e-tron was awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the independent experts at Euro NCAP. It scored 93% for adult crash protection, which is marginally better than the Kia EV6 and Volvo C40 but not as good as the Skoda Enyaq iV (with which the Q4 shares its underpinnings).
You get an 11.6in infotainment touchscreen in the Q4 e-tron. It’s much quicker to respond when you prod it than the VW ID 4’s touchscreen and more intuitive than the Skoda Enyaq iV’s system, but the BMW iX3’s dial-controlled system is easier to use when you’re driving.
The Q4 e-tron’s boot measures in at 520 litres – enough space for seven carry-on suitcases. That matches its petrol-powered counterpart, the Audi Q5 but is beaten by the Tesla Model 3 (10 cases). The Q4 e-tron’s tailgate is powered on all versions, so you don’t have to lift the boot lid yourself.
|RRP price range||£50,630 - £66,105|
|Number of trims (see all)||3|
|Number of engines (see all)||2|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||electric|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£101 / £132|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£202 / £264|