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AUDI Q4 E-TRON ESTATE

125kW 35 55.52kWh Sport 5dr Auto [C+S]

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With the Q4 e-tron, Audi gets serious about EVs for the mass market. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

With Audi's first three all-electric e-tron models, we saw what the brand was capable of with EV technology. These three models though - the e-tron, the e-tron Sportback and the e-tron GT quattro - were merely preludes to the BEV model that really matters to Ingolstadt, this car, the Q4 e-tron. It's tempting to merely dismiss this model as Audi's version of other similarly-sized VW Group crossover EVs like the Volkswagen ID.4, the Skoda Enyaq iV and the CUPRA Born. Certainly, all the engineering bits that matter are common between the four cars, namely the MEB platform and the battery tech. Yet Audi claims to have put its own stamp on the way this car drives and feels. Let's see.

Driving Experience

The Q4's pretty straightforward to get to grips with behind the wheel. You select drive using a slider-type shifter situated on the centre console and once underway, there's the kind of instant throttle response you'd usually get from an EV of this sort. In terms of powertrains, there's nothing we haven't seen before in Volkswagen Group EVs. Most of these tend to be chosen with the 52kWh battery that's used by the base Q4 35 e-tron, which uses a 170PS rear-driven electric motor and makes 62mph in 9.0s and has a range of 208 miles. Next up is the Q4 40 e-tron, which has a bigger 76.6kWh (net) battery and a more powerful 204PS rear-driven motor, making 62mph in 8.5s and offering a 316 mile driving range. The flagship Q4 50 e-tron also uses the 76.6kWh battery, but has both front and rear-mounted electric motors developing a combined 299PS. Which means 62mph in just 6.2s and a range of 295 miles. Plus, with this top performance variant, the top speed is lifted from the usual Q4 maximum of 99mph to 111mph. Across the range, there's the same kind of suspension set-up you'd find in other mid-sized Audi SUVs - a MacPherson strut front and five-link rear arrangement, with sports suspension available (which lowers ride height by 15mm) and adaptive damping offered further up the range.

Design and Build

You can't really see the Q4 e-tron as either an EV Q3 or an EV Q5 because its size dimensions don't fit with either of those two established combustion crossover models. As with those two cars, the Q4 comes in both regular SUV and swept-back coupe-style forms, the latter known as the Q4 Sportback e-tron. The regular model's dimensions (4,588mm long, 1,865mm wide and 1,632mm tall) place it neatly between a Q3 and a Q5 size-wise and visually, this car has its own bespoke look. This is the first of the company's models to get new digital LED technology that offers four different exterior lighting signatures the driver can choose between. And it's the first of Audi's smaller cars to get a full-width LED tail light bar at the back. Inside, the Q4 gets its own unique dashboard and cabin architecture, though this incorporates the company's usual screen technology. There's a 10.25-inch instrument display and an 11.6-inch central monitor. Premium materials are generously applied around the cabin and Audi's keen to highlight the extensive interior storage areas. To accommodate the battery, the back seat is mounted 70mm higher than the front. Boot space meanwhile, is rated at 520-litres, extendable to 1,490-litres when the 40:20:40-split seatback is lowered.

Market and Model

Prices sit in the £41,000-£65,000 bracket and there are four trim levels - 'Sport', 'S line', 'Edition 1' and 'Vorsprung'. That base price applied to the 52kWh 35 e-tron variant. The 40 e-tron derivative with the larger 76.6kWh net capacity battery you may well want prices from around £45,000. The top 50 e-tron 4WD model costs from around £51,500. Base 'Sport' variants get 19-inch Graphite Grey alloy wheels, those rims upgraded to 20-inches in size further up the range. A black styling package is a feature of the top-tier 'Vorsprung' models with their even more striking 21-inch wheels. Across the line-up, there's lots of sophisticated equipment available - much of it optional. Like the Matrix LED headlights with their 16 individually activated LEDs. And the bespoke Sonos sound system upgrade package. We'd also want to look at the optional heat pump, which rapidly heats and cools the interior using the thermal losses from the electric components and the temperature of the outside air. It uses eco-friendly CO2 as a refrigerant, which flows through the circuit at high pressure. The heat pump can reduce losses in range caused by usage of the climate control system, especially in winter. Its strengths come to the fore on long drives.

Cost of Ownership

Using a conventional garage 7kW wallbox, you can recharge the base 52kWh Q4 35 e-tron model with 175 miles of charge in eight and a half hours. Maximum charging capacity is 7.4kW on an AC system - or 100kW using DC current. What about with the larger 76.6kWh (net) battery of the Q4 40 e-tron and Q4 50 e-tron? Well those variants have been engineered for charging speeds of up to 11kW during AC charging and 135kW for DC charging. With such a rapid public charger, WLTP testing has confirmed that in only 10 minutes, the Q4 40 e-tron can recharge enough electricity to cover a distance of about 80 miles. Charging at 135kW in ideal conditions, the battery can achieve an 80% state of charge from a 5% starting point in 29 minutes. If you're using a conventional 7kW garage wallbox, a Q4 40 e-tron can charge 255 miles of range in eight and a quarter hours. Using the myAudi app, owners can activate charging remotely using a smartphone. The app also provides access to the comfort remote preconditioning system, which enables remote adjustment of the cabin temperature and seat heating functions to ensure that the cabin climate is always comfortable well before a journey begins. Accessing and paying for electricity while on the road can be easily taken care of using the 'e-tron Charging Service', which provides UK subscribers with one RFID payment card that is accepted at a vast number of charge points operated by 18 suppliers across the UK and Europe, and offers a choice of two fixed price charging tariffs.

Summary

In surveying the VW Group MEB platform mid-sized SUV electric vehicles launched to date, we always felt that this Wolfsburg conglomerate was leaving room for an Audi model able to deliver this engineering with a touch more polish and driver-orientated luxury - and so it proves here. The Q4 e-tron has the size of a compact BEV, but the finish, luxury and (to some extent) the driving dynamics of an electric crossover from next class up - that for larger EV models like the Jaguar I-PACE and the Mercedes EQC. In that respect, it's far more like a BMW iX3 than a Volkswagen ID.4. If you're looking at those Jaguar, Mercedes or BMW models, we think you should be looking at a Q4 e-tron too because it'll satisfy you in much the same way. If that's your perspective, the premium prices being asked here will seem reasonable. If it isn't, you'll start to question just why a car which shares pretty much every significant aspect of its engineering with comparable Volkswagen, Skoda and CUPRA EVs can be worth so much more. A matter of perspective then. With Audi, it was ever thus.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Top Speed
Top Speed99mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi Smartphone Interface with wireless functionality
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit - 10.25" display
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Camera based traffic sign recognition
  • Lane departure warning system
  • MMI Navigation Plus with high resolution 10.1 inch touchscreen colour display
  • Power operated tailgate
  • Progressive steering
  • Swerve assist and turn assist

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • 100kW DC charging capability
  • 7.2 kw On board Charger
  • AC and DC charging access point positioned on the rear right
  • Mode 3 AC charging cable 22 kW

Entertainment

  • 2 USB-C ports with charge and data functions
  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic glass windscreen
  • Aluminium roof rails
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Contrast bumpers in Manhattan grey
  • Electrically adjustable/heated/folding/dimming door mirrors with kerb view includes integrated LED indications + kerb view function for passenger side
  • Frameless auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Projection light in the exterior mirrors, e-tron logo projected from the underside of the exterior mirror onto the ground
  • Single frame grille with a structured, closed surface within an octagonal shape

Interior Features

  • 3 zone automatic air conditioning
  • 4 way electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • 40:60 Split folding rear seat or folded fully
  • Accent surfaces in gloss black - centre console control panel, switch panel and trim on front doors in gloss black
  • Auxiliary air conditioning
  • Comfort front centre armrest
  • Compact e-tron charging system
  • Door sill trims with aluminium inlay
  • Driver/passenger manual seat height adjustment
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Heated front seats
  • Household plug type G (GB)
  • Industry plug CEE 32 A/230 V/6 h/long + straight
  • Steel grey cloth headlining
  • Tool kit

Packs

  • Comfort and sound pack - Q4 E-tron
  • Gloss styling pack - Q4 E-tron
  • Non smoking pack - Q4 E-tron
  • White interior light pack - Q4 E-tron

Passive Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Active vehicle alerting system (AVAS)
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with passenger airbag deactivation
  • Electric child locks
  • Front side airbags with head airbags and interaction airbag
  • Pre-sense front with pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Anti theft alarm
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts
  • Keyless Go

Trim

  • Aluminium look interior elements
  • Inlay in black paint finish, accent surfaces on the instrument panel and centre console in silver paint effect finish

Wheels

  • 19" 5 W spoke aero alloy wheels with graphite grey gloss finish
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    55.52
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    1560
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    7
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    450
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    50
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    5-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    53
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    110
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    5-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    36
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km
    Not Available
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles
    Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    17.5
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH
    18
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL
    17.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.6
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH
    3.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL
    3.6
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    333
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEH
    323
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEL
    335
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    207
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEH
    201
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEL
    208

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    F4BAI1
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
  • Badge Power
    170
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    55.52kWh
  • Coin Series
    Sport [C+S]
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    26P
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    93
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    89
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    66
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    80
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    170
  • Engine Power - KW
    125
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    229
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    31.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    310
  • Top Speed
    99

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/55 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    255/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5-W SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1632
  • Length
    4588
  • Wheelbase
    2764
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2108

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2475
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1490
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    520
  • Max. Loading Weight
    585
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1890
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.2
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

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"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

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"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

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