What is it like on the inside?
The interior of the Q4 e-tron is predictably high quality, and even base-spec Sport models get a decent kit list with three-zone aircon, heated front sport seats and a fancy multifunction steering wheel. You also get a three-year subscription to Audi’s connected services, which is nice.
Is that a square steering wheel?
Lower spec models get a more rounded offering, but the Austin Allegro is sat weeping in its grave at the injustice of it all – the likes of Audi introduce a square steering wheel and suddenly it’s cool. In fact, Audi has managed a solid job of keeping the Q4 e-tron’s insides on brand while simultaneously giving them the sort of angular, glossy look we’ve come to hope for from these machines of the future. Nightmare to keep the fingerprints off, though – you’ll end up with a microfibre cloth or three stuffed in the door bin.
It looks quite minimalist, doesn’t it
It’s a pared back interior, for sure. The gear selector is a tiny button that you nudge forwards or backwards, flanked by the start button, an iPod-style controller for the infotainment, Audi Drive selector at the back and a button to turn the ESP off. Otherwise that’s your lot. There’s a reasonable amount of storage, but covered cubbies are limited to the glovebox or a deep central bin under the armrest.
The boot floor is set quite high, but there’s a decent sized compartment underneath the floor in which you can squirrel away your cables and other gubbins. Overall the boot is a good size, offering a chunk more space than electric rivals such as the Volvo XC40 Recharge and Mercedes EQA.
What about the infotainment?
We can’t avoid talking screens here, and the Audi offers a 10.1-inch touchscreen display in the middle and a 10.25-inch virtual instrument panel behind the steering wheel. The Volkswagen Group has gone a little astray with its electronics, and the Q4 e-tron does suffer here, but less so than in some of its relatives.
We criticise these things because the company clearly takes such pride in the details: the control stalks on the steering column are perfectly sculpted for a fingertip flick, and the carmaker long ago pioneered cheeky little details like holding down the unlock button on your fob to open all the windows. The imperfections here only serve to highlight how consistently high performing Volkswagen’s output has been for a long time.