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Audi's take on the electric family SUV is cool and classy

Audi Q4 E-Tron SUV (21 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £43,290 - £67,610
Lease from new From £561 p/m View lease deals
Used price £38,105 - £70,965
Fuel Economy 3.2 - 3.6 miles/kWh
Insurance group 26 - 37 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • A wide range of power options
  • 300-mile range for some versions
  • Rear- and four-wheel-drive options

CONS

  • Expensive compared with rivals
  • Some awkward touch controls
  • Not as plush inside as you might think

Audi Q4 E-Tron SUV rivals

Mercedes-Benz
EQA SUV
3.9 out of 5 3.9

Written by Neil Briscoe on

Although the Audi Q4 isn’t the brand’s first electric car, it’s a much more attainable proposition than the models that preceded it. You’ll find plenty of tech and a sheen of plushness inside as you’d expect from something with four rings on its nose, but the Q4 actually shares much with a couple of cheaper electric SUVs.

Indeed, the Volkswagen ID.4 and award-winning Skoda Enyaq iV are both based on the same platform. As you’d expect from less upmarket badges, both are cheaper despite offering the same range of motors and batteries to allow you to prioritise range or performance.

The Q4 E-Tron introduces some new technology and offers some choice in terms of price and range. Firstly, there are three variants, the 35, 40 and 50 Quattro. As you may have already guessed, the 50 Quattro features all-wheel drive as standard – the 35 and 40 versions are rear-wheel drive only. You can also choose from two battery capacities — a 52kWh pack, which comes in the more affordable 35 model, or a larger 77kWh pack, which comes in the 40 and 50 quattro versions. With the bigger pack, your range stretches to more than 300 miles for the most efficient versions.

Style-wise, the Q4 is slightly odd looking — it keeps a massive Audi grille, in spite of not actually needing it, but the long body and short bonnet look make it appear slightly as if it’s been smacked in the mouth with a shovel. The Skoda Enyaq and VW ID.4. arguably have more appealing styling, but for most people the allure of the Audi four rings will be enough to overlook that.

As well as being available as a regular SUV, you can also specify a coupe-like Sportback version, which is reviewed separately. Rivals? There are a few that of course include the Skoda Enyaq iVVolkswagen ID.4 plus the BMW iX3, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and Mercedes-Benz EQA and EQC. The market for mid-sized electric SUVs is really starting to heat up. Does the Q4 have what it takes to stay in the kitchen with that kind of heat?

Over the next few pages we’ll be thoroughly reviewing all aspects of the Audi Q4 E-Tron and rating them in our verdict. Our scores will take into account the driving experience, how pleasant the interior is, the practicality on offer and what it’ll cost you to run.

Audi Q4 E-Tron SUV rivals

Mercedes-Benz
EQA SUV
3.9 out of 5 3.9

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