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Audi Q4 e-tron review

£41,990 - £65,015
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Published: 18 Jun 2021
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Driving

What is it like to drive?

Audi has never quite been able to decide whether it’s supposed to build racy cars or smooth and refined ones. It usually manages the balance quite well, and electric powertrains offer the ideal opportunity to blend those traits, thanks to the instant slug of torque that e-motors offer. 

So the Q4 e-tron offers a smooth ride – it’s well damped, but can get occasionally fussy as you drive over small ridges and other bumps, delivering a short sharp shock into the cabin – but it can hustle too, staying flat and clinging grimly on thanks to the low down weight of the batteries. 

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Country way or the motorway?

The Q4 e-tron is not a classic driver’s car – certainly more at home cruising than attacking B-roads – but the steering is firmly weighted and accurate, lightening up the further up the drive select modes you get towards Comfort. 

The cabin is very quiet on the move, even the wipers are silent when it rains, and outside noise has been impressively muted. The problem with that level of noise reduction is that it shines a spotlight on squeaks and grunts from the rest of the car over bumps or round corners, but this Audi is properly screwed together. It’s silent enough to be awkward, so remember your conversational cue cards. 

One of the most useful features on the move is regen braking, controllable through flappy paddles behind the steering wheel. This set-up is optional on Sport and S Line models, and comes as standard on Edition 1 and Vorsprung cars. It quickly becomes second nature, flicking left and right to vary the car’s rate of regeneration when you come off the, er, gas. 
 

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Highlights from the range

the fastest

Audi Q4 220kW 50 Quattro 82.77kWh Sport 5dr Auto
  • 0-626.2s
  • CO2
  • BHP299
  • MPG
  • Price£56,255

the cheapest

Audi Q4 125kW 35 55.52kWh S Line 5dr Auto
  • 0-629s
  • CO2
  • BHP170
  • MPG
  • Price£42,795

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