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Audi Q4 e-tron Review

Written by Allan Noble · 11/05/21

The Q4 e-tron by Audi is an all-electric car designed to compete in the heavily congested compact luxury SUV crossover class. Offering an electric option to this already crowded market, the Q4 e-tron, first launched in 2021, should not be confused with the Audi e-tron, which came out in 2018.

Summary

The new Audi Q4 e is relatively similar to the older version of the e-tron regarding its outward appearance. It is also remarkably close to the Audi Q5, and the German carmaker would even suggest it has the same interior space despite the Q4 e-tron's smaller footprint.

The electric SUV is designed for many uses, but it is unlikely many drivers will take theirs off the road. Instead, the Q4 e-tron is likely to appeal to people who already own an SUV and would simply like an electric variant of what they currently drive. Of course, you could argue about all-electric models, but somehow it mainly seems to apply to the 2021 Audi e-tron. Audi is now marketing the Q4 e-tron for the European and North American markets as well as China.

Range, Charging, & Emissions

As one of the first electric SUV production cars in the world, you would expect the range of the Q4 e-tron to be relatively high. However, even under WLTP conditions, Audi AG can only claim a 212-mile capacity for the entry-level version of the car, poor by the standards of most SUVs. However, you can obtain a WLTP range of 309 miles with the top of the line Q4 Sportback 50 e-tron quattro trim. Three other versions of the four e-tron exist. The first is the Q4 Sportback 35 e-tron, which offers 217 miles of WLTP range, while the Q4 40 e-tron provides the most extended driving capacity with 320 miles in its fully charged battery. Under WLTP conditions, Q4 50 e-tron quattro, which sits just beneath the Sportback 50, has a 303-mile range.

The new Audi Q4 e comes with two battery options. Firstly, the Q4 35 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback 35 e-tron are supplied with a 55 kWh lithium-ion power source. The other three trim levels, the Q4 40 e-tron, the Q4 50 e-tron quattro and the Q4 Sportback 50 e-tron quattro, have larger batteries with 87 kWh capacity. These weigh 150 kilos more, coming in at half a tonne.

The Q4 e-tron will take eight and a half hours to charge if you own the 55 kWh variant of the car using a type 2 connector. However, at a 100 kW fast-charge station, when you only need to top up from 20 per cent to 80 per cent, you can expect the same job to take a little over half an hour. However, if you only have a wall socket at your disposal, then the Q4 e-tron will take a lengthy 26 hours and 45 minutes to charge from zero fully. This fact will undoubtedly put some potential buyers off the smaller Audi Q4. The larger batteries in the Q4 e 40 and the Q4 e 50 has a larger onboard charger. It is not much quicker from a type 2 outlet, but you obviously transfer more power into the car in that time. Rapid charging is also similar for the Audi Q4 e 40 and Q4 e 50 as the Q4 e 35. However, the more significant variants of the e-tron will be painstakingly slow from a wall socket. Expect these Audi models to take well over 39 hours.

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