New Audi Q4 e-tron vs new Mercedes EQA: verdict

As the battle to be your next electric SUV gets fiercer by the day, the Q4 e-tron and EQA join the charge – but which is the better car? We pick a winner...

Audi Q4 e-tron vs Mercedes EQA rear static

Our verdict

The EQA isn’t without its strengths. It’s the cheaper car, for starters, and comes with a bit more standard equipment. It’s also suitably upmarket inside and offers a good (though not remarkable) range between charges. If you like the way it looks and don’t need a big boot, it’s a decent buy.

The Q4 e-tron is better, though. It’s better to drive, quieter on the move and far more practical, especially when it comes to boot space. To top it all off, it has a usefully longer range and can charge up faster. It’s worth the extra outlay, although if you can live without a posh badge, you might want to consider the closely related and much cheaper Skoda Enyaq.

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1st – Audi Q4 e-tron

Audi Q4 e-tron 2022 front

For More practical; longer range; faster charging capability; better to drive
Against You’ll want to add a few options; Skoda Enyaq is similar underneath and a lot cheaper
Recommended options Heat pump (£950), suspension with damper control (£725), metallic paint (£575), Function Package (£325), steering wheel with recuperation paddles (£285)

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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2nd – Mercedes EQA

Mercedes EQA 2022 front

For Cheaper on most fronts; more standard kit; smart, eye-catching interior
Against Small boot; less comfortable rear seating position; unpredictable brakes
Recommended options Metallic paint (£595)

What Car? rating 3 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Audi Q4 e-tron

New Audi Q4 e-tron badge

Engine Electric motor
Peak power 201bhp 
Peak torque 229Ib ft 
Gearbox 1-spd automatic
0-60mph 8.0sec
30-70mph 7.7sec
Top speed 99mph
30-0mph 8.7m
70-0mph 45.1m
Noise at 30mph 60.0db
Noise at 70mph 65.5db
Kerb weight 2125kg
Tyre size (std) 235/50 R20 (f), 255/45 R20 (r)
Estimated range 237 miles
Official range 308 miles
Efficiency 3.1mile/kWh
Battery capacity (usable) 76.6kWh 
Rapid charging type CCS
Maximum charging rate 126kW
7kW home wallbox (0-100% charging time) 12hr 
Rapid charging, peak rate (0-100% charging time) 34min
CO2 emissions 0g/km

Specifications: Mercedes EQA

New Mercedes EQA badge

Engine Electric motor
Peak power 187bhp 
Peak torque 277Ib ft 
Gearbox 1-spd automatic
0-60mph 8.0sec
30-70mph 7.4sec
Top speed 99mph
30-0mph 9.2m
70-0mph 48.9m
Noise at 30mph 61.4db
Noise at 70mph 66.8db
Kerb weight 2040kg
Tyre size (std) 235/55 R18 
Estimated range 206 miles
Official range 260 miles
Efficiency 3.1 miles/kWh
Battery capacity (usable) 66.5kWh 
Rapid charging type CCS
Maximum charging rate 100kW
7kW home wallbox (0-100% charging time) 11hr 
Rapid charging, peak rate (0-100% charging time) 35min
CO2 emissions 0g/km

Test weather conditions Dry

Cars pictured

Audi Q4 e-tron 40 Sport with Typhoon Grey metallic paint (£575), Technology Pack (£1200), matrix LED headlights (£1075), suspension with damper control (£950), 20in Y-spoke graphite alloy wheels (£660), flat topped and bottomed steering wheel with paddles (£285)

Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 AMG Line with Polar White paint and Driving Assistance Package (£1495)

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