Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 Review: Another worthy electric car contender | CarGurus UK

you may have heard of the audi e-tron gt and the e-tron suv and you may think well i really like them but i don't have a spur 70 000 pounds and more to afford them well this may be the car you're after this is the audi q4 e-tron and it is a new more affordable pure electric audi before we go any further into whether this really is the electric audi for you don't forget to subscribe to the cargurus uk channel and turn on your notifications so you don't miss any of our videos as you can see it's a midsize family suv i mean audi's naming strategy can be really confusing but here the q4 bit does tell you that it is a bit bigger than a q3 and a bit smaller than a q5 and the e-tron bit tells you that it is pure electric on which note you can get two different batteries in this car a 52 kilowatt-hour or a 77 kilowatt-hour and that gives you a range of between 208 and 316 miles and that does make this one of the longest range cars in this class having said that this car sits on the meb platform the same platform as the volkswagen id4 and the id3 and the skoda enyak and we've never been that blown away by the real world efficiency on those cars so we will have to see how this does in the real world in a bit it certainly looks good with a stubby nose and swept back lines not to mention the contrasting trim running off the window line it's practical too the boot lip is bit high but it's a decent size and has underfloor storage that's great for stowing your cables there's also plenty of space in the rear seats even for a six footer to sit behind a tall driver it's pretty impressive up front as well there's plenty of room for pretty much anybody to get comfortable i'd argue the manual adjustment on the seat can be a bit tricky to get in exactly the right position it feels like you're kind of difficult to just move it incrementally but still really nice place to sit and let's talk about this it is a kind of square steering wheel now look it's optional on the lower two trims but it is standard on uh edition one and also the incredibly expensive vore spring model do you know what i don't mind it actually in use we'll talk about it a bit more maybe later when we're driving what annoys me far more than the flat bottom and top is the touch sensitive steering wheel buttons there are lots of things that annoy me about the interfaces in modern cars screens that you can't dim easily all of that stuff nothing is more annoying than touch sensitive buttons on the steering wheel it should be banned it's a terrible terrible idea anyway i will move on even the entry-level sports trim gets three zone climate control which you adjust with traditional buttons i'm pleased to say heated seats and rear parking sensors although it's annoying that it costs a lot extra to get a reversing camera unless you go for the ridiculously expensive vor spring model you get this color touchscreen here you get the apple carplay android auto all the bits and pieces that you want and you know what it's not bad to use actually this system the screen responds really nicely the graphics are great it is one of the best systems in the class you also get the audi virtual cockpit as standard and it is just i think quite a smart looking interior it's very angular and uh to an extent the square steering wheel kind of enhances that so yeah i don't think there's much to complain about up here before we get to the driving bit let's talk charging the smaller battery model called the 35 charges at speeds of up to 100 kilowatts which is good for a 100 mile top-up in around about 20 minutes but the big battery versions badged 40 and 50 charge at 125 kilowatts so you'll get the same top-up in around about 15 minutes a full charge at a seven kilowatt home wall box will take 12 hours in the big battery car or under nine hours in the smaller battery model the test car that we've got here is the q4e e-tron 40 which is the mid-range car so you're getting 201 brake horsepower it's rear-wheel drive you can get this car with four-wheel drive if you go for the um 50 model and that gets massive more power as well so that thing will do not to 62 in about 6.2 seconds whereas this one does 8.1 seconds i think that this is the sweet spot in the range to be honest because you're getting the longer range battery you're getting decent performance it doesn't give you a proper kind of you know a bit of shock and awe like some electric cars do the ford mustang mackie for instance but it's got more than enough power to feel pretty punchy especially up to about 40 or 50.

Can feel a little bit breathless after that at times i suppose for you know a fairly powerful premium suv but this thing's heavy it's a two-ton car so even with 201 brake never feels like a sports suv that's for sure just feels nice feels responsive nice and smooth nice and slick and that goes for the ride comfort as well as for the performance it's got really nice sort of cushy bump absorption and everything just feels well judged it's not a thrilling car to drive i'm not gonna lie even if you stick it in dynamic mode um and it really annoys me that you have to press this button right over here by your passenger's knee to toggle through the drive modes that seems kind of illogical to me but anyway when you do get it in dynamic mode everything sharpens up you get more throttle response but ultimately this feels like a really relaxing chilled family car and i think that's absolutely fine i think that's what most people want from it it's very refined really nice motorway car feels really stable and this steering as with everything else it just feels very precise nicely weighted there's not a hell of a lot of feedback but because there's plenty of grip don't worry about that rear wheel drive aspect there's masses of traction in this car i have driven it in the rain and it feels absolutely sort of planted and confident even then you can really kind of swing it through corners it feels quite nice it's all good the only thing that might take a little bit of getting used to is the brake regen because audi chooses to have an automatic mode on its brake regen which most rivals including the eqa and all that kind of stuff they do too audi decides that if the road ahead is clear then it will let the car coast and that can feel a bit weird it can feel a little bit like the car's kind of running away from you because if you're used to a petrol or diesel car and you're used to that kind of engine braking you don't get it in this you lift off and the car will literally just freewheel for what feels like miles and actually when you get used to it that's quite nice and it is a very efficient way of of getting about but then if it senses that there's a junction ahead or another car or even a change in speed limit then it will actually start to slow the car down you can choose standard levels of brake regen you can toggle through it with these steering wheel paddles which is another thing i like because it basically means that you can have full control of the brake regeneration and you can use it almost like you would changing down a gear in an automatic car so ultimately i think this is a really well set up brake regen system that just fits in very well with everything else and what about real world range well our q440 each one isn't doing too badly we've seen around about 250 to 260 miles in the summer and we'd expect to see more like about 200 to 220 miles in winter conditions and the square steering wheel well you know what actually doesn't bother me too much and i don't think it will bother most people but it is a triumph of marketing over common sense let's face it and let's not even go near the touch sensitive steering wheel buttons which are just a disaster if we can forgive that then the rest of the audi e-tron in terms of the way it drives is a really sweet package actually it's just a very easy thing to like and a very easy thing to get on with the second you get into it it's priced very competitively even the long range car costs from under 45 000 pounds finance deals are a bit pricey to be honest but for what it is for the sort of image you're getting for the interior quality there's lots of reasons why you might go for this even though there are other cars out there that undeniably offer better practicality better performance for less cash even so it's a lovely thing and if you can find the right deal for you then go for it there's not much wrong with a q4 e-tron then you can get it from under 45 000 pounds even with that long-range battery so it's very competitive on pricing with its premium rivals and it's just a switch to sit in and drive as you'd expect however it is outclassed by the mercedes eqa on interior finish and for performance in space by the mustang mackey perhaps the biggest issue is that the volkswagen id4 and skoda enyak iv are very similar to drive and yet actually are a bit more practical for a lot less cash hey you have to pay for the prestige badge of course and if you can find a deal to suit you then you're not going to be disappointed but there are certainly others out there that seem to offer a bit more for the money than the audi q4 e-tron don't forget to like this video subscribe to the cargurus uk youtube channel and head to cargurus.com for a whole host of fantastic used cars from top rated dealers

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