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Audi Q4 Sportback review

Category: Large Electric

Section: Performance & drive

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 rear right tracking
  • Audi Q4 2022 front
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 rear right tracking
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 interior dashboard
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 interior rear seats
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 interior infotainment
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 front right tracking
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 front cornering
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 front left static
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 rear right static
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 headlight detail
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 rear lights detail
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 charging socket detail
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 interior front seats
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 interior detail
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 interior detail
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 interior driver display
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 boot cable storage
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 boot open
  • Audi Q4 2022 front
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 rear right tracking
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 interior dashboard
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 interior rear seats
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 interior infotainment
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 front right tracking
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 front cornering
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 front left static
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 rear right static
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 headlight detail
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 rear lights detail
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 charging socket detail
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 interior front seats
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 interior detail
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 interior detail
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 interior driver display
  • Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 boot cable storage
  • Audi Q4 Sportback 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 35 model of the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron has a single 168bhp motor that powers its rear wheels and gets you from 0-62mph in 9.0sec. That’s no swifter than the significantly cheaper Fiat 500 electric. The official range of 211 miles isn’t particularly brilliant, either.

Next up is the 40 model, which has a much more respectable 201bhp, giving it an 8.5sec 0-62mph time. That’s still not particularly speedy, but does at least mean you get the bigger 82.7kWh battery pack with a significantly longer official range of 323 miles (a similarly equipped Q4 e-tron managed 266 miles in our Real Range tests)

We’ve also tried the Q4 Sportback with the fancier adjustable suspension that comes as standard on Vorsprung models, and is an option on all others. With that set-up, it doesn’t deal with surface imperfections as well as the very best petrol SUVs, but it still has the edge over the firmer BMW iX3.

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 2021 rear right tracking

Handling

The more stiffly-sprung S Line model with sports suspension resists body lean better than Q4 Sportback models equipped with adjustable suspension (especially set to its softest mode).

The adjustable set-up does improve in its Dynamic setting – although the steering feels more accurate in the Balanced and Comfort modes – but the iX3 is still more enjoyable to hustle along. On a more positive note, the Q4 Sportback grips strongly, giving you the confidence to carry speed along a twisty B-road.

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