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Audi Q4 review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Performance & drive

Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 rear cornering
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  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 interior rear seats
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 interior infotainment
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 front right tracking
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  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 rear cornering
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  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 headlight detail
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  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 interior front seats
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 interior driver display
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 interior front detail
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 interior detail
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 interior detail
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 boot open
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 boot open
  • Audi Q4 2022
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 rear cornering
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 interior dashboard
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 interior rear seats
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 interior infotainment
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 front right tracking
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 rear right tracking
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 rear cornering
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 front left static
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 headlight detail
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 rear light detail
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 interior front seats
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 interior driver display
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 interior front detail
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 interior detail
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 interior detail
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 boot open
  • Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

The entry-level Audi Q4 e-tron – the 35 model – features a single 168bhp motor that powers its rear wheels and gets you from 0-62mph in 9.0sec. At the other end of the range, the 50 can hit 62mph in 6.2sec thanks to twin motors, four-wheel drive and 295bhp of poke.

So far, we’ve driven the mid-level 40 – our favourite version – and the range-topping 50. The 40 has 201bhp, rear-wheel drive and an 8.5sec 0-62mph time. That's slightly slower than the equally powerful Audi Q5 45 TDI diesel can manage, but if anything, the Q4 feels a bit faster in everyday driving. It surges forward almost instantaneously when you put your foot down, instead of requiring time to rev up or change down. 

S line models without this option on 20in wheels and stiffer sports suspension have a touch more fidget, both when pottering around town and going over pockmarked roads at speed, but it’s still a comfortable car.

Again, for context, it won’t be as supple as the very best petrol SUVs, simply because the Q4’s heavy battery pack requires stiffer suspension to hold it up. The Q4 isn’t as jarring as the equivalent XC40 over expansion joints on the motorway, though.

Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 rear cornering

Handling

There can be a fair bit of body lean in Sport and more stiffly sprung S line cars, but the Q4 grips strongly and its accurate steering gives you the confidence to hustle it along. We'd suggest keeping it out of the unnecessarily heavy Dynamic setting.

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