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Getting started // The Audi Q4 e-tron is the cheapest electric car from the German manufacturer. With a base price of €42,800, this compact SUV has serious arguments on paper to convince. But what about on the road?

Positioned between the Audi Q3 and Audi Q5 in terms of size, the new Audi Q4 e-tron is a new compact SUV 100% electric. Its base price of €42,800 (excluding environmental bonus and options) allows the manufacturer to attract new customers interested in e-mobility. A positioning that seems to be without concessions since the Q4 e-tron is, for example, the first Audi equipped with an augmented reality display.

Its MEB platform, which also serves as the basis for the VW ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq, allows it to house a battery ranging from 51.5 kWh to 76.6 kWh for 341 to 520 km of range. These figures are far from ridiculous considering the announced performances. But let’s keep this aspect for our road test and let’s first get to know the two versions that we were able to take in hand (so this is not a test) in the region of Saint-Malo: the Audi Q4 50 e-tron Quattro and Audi Q4 40 e-tron.

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A better VW ID.4?

The Q4 e-tron compact SUV takes on the lines of the concept car unveiled in early 2019: short front overhangs, large 19- to 21-inch wheels, muscular silhouette with toned sides, Quattro Blister above the wheels, new Matrix LED digital light signature customizable from the MMI, full single-frame grille with inverted mask and illuminated projection of the e-tron logo on the ground.

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Inside, the welcome is also qualitative with soft plastic elements on top and furniture with a worked design. The cockpit has a design with pleasant geometric shapes, and if the whole can seem massive – especially for the passenger – everything falls perfectly under the hand. The floating center console is a direct descendant of the VW ID.4 and Enyaq, with a glossy plastic that’s not very pleasant to the touch.

As for the rest, it’s almost flawless. The seats are comfortably positioned in height and their position can be precisely adjusted. The second row benefits from a flat floor due to the absence of a central tunnel and the knee space is very good. Nearly 25 liters of storage space are available in the cabin and the door trims are equipped with a bottle holder. The trunk offers 520 l of space, which can be increased to 1490 l with the seats folded down.

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Comprehensive infotainment system

The double-flat steering wheel adopts impractical touch controls. Haptic feedback is poor and you have to keep looking at what you’re doing to access the right menus. We preferred the classic physical controls, which are gladly found on the floating console and the air conditioning. Above the console is the 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen. We had a sneak preview of the 11.6-inch screen on the 40 e-tron. With its thin edges, the viewing experience is even more comfortable. The screen is used to control the infotainment system, comfort functions, driving aids and driving modes, including controlled damping, which we also had as an option on the 40 e-tron version.

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The home screen is customizable and the interface is ergonomically well thought out with icons that make it easy to navigate. If we still deplore some latency, especially when you want to move in the navigation screen, the whole remains responsive. Not as responsive as a smartphone, of course, but the experience is in the upper middle range. On the other hand, the screen is sensitive to fingerprints. The various driving aids inform the driver of various dangers on the road and warn of possible vehicle breakdowns, accidents, heavy traffic, speed limits, etc. If they are not particularly intrusive, they can be disconnected at any time. Of course, you’ll have to spend some time reading the long list of available aids and warnings, but it’s still clear. Note that when we took theAudi Q5 Sportback for a spin, we noticed some slowdowns with the navigation, but that wasn’t the case here.

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The Virtual Cockpit is 10.25 inches in size and is controlled by the multifunction steering wheel. The power meter, located next to the speedometer on the screen, summarizes all the important information about driving, power and battery charge status (in percent), up to recovery. The screen also integrates navigation and different display configurations.

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Head-up display

What’s new for Audi is the augmented reality head-up display that comes standard on the Executive trim. Already seen on the ID.4 or the Enyaq, this option is no less interesting. The information is projected directly onto the windscreen and is displayed clearly, as if it were part of the driver’s real environment. It is possible to adjust the light intensity of the information, as well as to adjust it on the x, y and z axes. It’s best to make these adjustments while stationary, however, as you’ll have to get into the intricacies of the MMI and take your eyes off the road. This reservation in no way detracts from the comfort that this display provides. On the lower part, you can finally enjoy various driving information and on the upper part, navigation instructions.

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These are materialized, for example, by a floating blue arrow indicating the direction, a turn, a roundabout or a flag for the arrival. When the adaptive driving assistant is activated, various visual cues are displayed. For example, as soon as the Audi Q4 e-tron approaches a lane marking without the turn signal being activated, the lane departure warning superimposes a red line on the actual marking. The same goes for the cruise control: the car in front of the Q4 is identified by a colored stripe and informs the driver about the level of assistance. The whole thing is fun and doesn’t interfere with driving as long as you’re familiar with the display.

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Excellent chassis, but pachyderm weight

On the road, the Audi Q4 50 e-tron is safe, comfortable and dynamic. The low center of gravity allows the 2210 kg to slide nicely from all four wheels when driving hard and, above all, the 299 hp and 460 Nm of torque ensure good acceleration when exiting curves or entering the highway. The 0 to 100 km/h time is 6.2 seconds. Note that on this version, the Quattro transmission is actually provided by a second asynchronous motor placed on the front axle. Despite a few unpleasant bumps in the cabin due to the large 21-inch rims on our test version, even on a dirt road comfort is of a very good standard.

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With the Q4 40 e-tron version, the outcome is not far from similar, except that the example taken in hand was equipped with the adaptive suspension, which accentuates the dynamic feeling of the chassis on the sequences of small bends. Unfortunately, the 204 hp and 310 Nm of torque are not as powerful as the 50 e-tron and are a little bit weak on some accelerations (0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds). There are indeed 2125 kg to move. So you have to be content with playing the optimization card with the regenerative paddles on the steering wheel, adjustable in three levels. It’s a matter of taste, but we at the editorial office appreciated the strongest mode, as well as the B mode, which simulates engine braking. The middle pedal is then only used for stopping or emergencies. Finally, it’s possible on all versions to tow an unbraked 750kg trailer.

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Autonomy and consumption

The Audi Q4 35 e-tron is equipped with a 52 kWh battery compared to 77 kWh for the Q4 40 e-tron and Q4 50 e-tron Quattro versions in our hands-on. The manufacturer gives a range of 336 km, 513 km and 478 km respectively. We noted a consumption of 21 kWh per 100 km with the 50 e-tron version. If you play the optimization card with the paddles and the B mode, we noted a consumption of 18.5 kWh with the 40 e-tron version. It will take 7 h 30 min of charging on a public 11 kW terminal, 1 h 45 min on a 50 kW fast terminal and 30 min to go from 0 to 80% with a 150 kW supercharger.

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The list price is €42,800 for the Q4 35 e-tron version, €48,700 for the Q4 40 e-tron version and €65,700 for the Q4 50 e-tron Quattro.

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