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Review of the Audi Q4 e-Tron: A Premium Electric Vehicle

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Audi has been expanding its e-tron electric car range since the introduction of the forgettable A3 plug-in hybrid. With impactful EVs like the e-tron SUV, now named the Q8 e-tron, and the e-tron GT, Audi has now unveiled a more affordable EV – the 2022 Q4 e-tron electric SUV.

The Q4 e-tron fits between the Q3 and Q5 in Audi’s SUV lineup. Based on the same platform as the Volkswagen ID.4, it shares the same 108.7-inch wheelbase. The standout feature is the availability of two body styles – the standard Q4 e-tron and the sleeker Q4 e-tron Sportback.

In its debut model year, the Q4 50 e-tron is equipped with a dual motor powertrain producing 295 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque, offering a range of up to 241 miles on a full charge. For the 2023 model year, the Q4 40 e-tron features a single 210 hp electric motor powering the rear wheels with a range of 265 miles.

The driving range of the Q4 e-tron falls short of some newer EVs, coming in at under 300 miles. However, fast charging at up to 150 kW enables a 5 to 80 percent charge in just 36 minutes.

On the road, the Q4 e-tron is a capable EV but lacks excitement in its driving dynamics. The Q4 40 e-tron reaches 60 mph in 7.9 seconds with a top speed of 99 mph, while the more powerful Q4 50 e-tron accelerates to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. The suspension prioritizes comfort over sporty handling.

Regenerative braking in the Q4 e-tron is less advanced compared to some competitors, offering different levels selected via paddle shifters but reset to default once the throttle is applied. Maneuvering in B mode forces the highest regen mode for better efficiency.

The interior of the Q4 e-tron is an upgrade over the ID.4, featuring a 10.3-inch digital gauge cluster, optional Audi Virtual Cockpit, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system supporting wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The cabin design is stylish, albeit with some materials falling short of Audi’s usual standards.

Opting for the Sportback version sacrifices rear headroom and legroom, but offers up to 54.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

Safety features include blind-spot monitoring, automatic braking, and advanced driver-assist technologies. Pricing for the 2022 Q4 50 e-tron starts at $50,995.

Overall, the Audi Q4 e-tron is a solid contender in the luxury EV market, offering a comfortable ride, stylish design, and capable performance. Although lacking in range and driving excitement, it remains an appealing option for buyers seeking a premium electric SUV.

Image Source: Art Konovalov / Shutterstock

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