Presented last year in the Hatchback version, the Audi Q4 e-Tron returns to the front of the scene with a Sportback body that is in tune with the times, namely coupe SUVs. A mode that allows the manufacturer to show a more favorable resistance coefficient (Cx of 0.26 against Cx of 0.28 for the classic SUV) and reduce consumption, the spearhead of electric cars.
Based on the modular MEB platform, our Q4 Sportback 40 e-tron is adorned with a single engine located on the rear axle and develops 204 hp. A modest force in relation to the total weight, but which is only transmitted to the rear wheels. The 77 kWh battery promises 522 km of autonomy.
If the price of the Q4 e-tron Sportback starts at € 46,750 in the 170 hp version with a 55 kWh battery, our 40 e-Tron test version starts at € 52,900. Our Design Luxe finish even starts at € 57,500 and is equipped as standard with electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, a rain and light sensor, 10.25 “Digital Cockpit, 19-inch rims, a leather steering wheel, MMI Navigation advanced infotainment package , Audi Sound System, the security assistance package, the hands-free key, Matrix LED headlights, the tailgate with electric opening and closing and even leather sports seats – in theory at least, because on our launch version they were made of fabric. attractive.
Ergonomics and design
When we discover the Audi Q4 Sportback 40 e-tron, there is little doubt that we are facing a premium SUV. Its silhouette is characterized by a specific buttocks, which enhances its sporty look and improves the coefficient of resistance.
The front is characterized by a grid single-frame full and a new light signature with Matrix LED headlights. The stretched and muscular sides enhance their curve with tonic features, and the massive wheel arches make the line more virile.
By the way, the Q4 e-tron Sportback generally takes over the features from the concept car, which was presented in 2019 with a short front curtain and large 19 to 21 inch wheels (20 inches on our test version).
In terms of dimensions, we remain on a footprint that is almost identical to Skoda Enyaq and ID.5 cousins, with a length of 4.59 m, a width of 1.86 m and a height of 1.63 m. remains massive, but the receding roofline of the rear spoiler floats the silhouette.
Above all, the generous wheelbase of 2.76 m allows a respectable habitability. Coupé-type bodywork in no way disturbs the interior space. In the back, the leg and elbow room is very generous. There is also a comfortable central space with the absence of a service tunnel. The roof screen will satisfy the highest, with a slightly sloping seat.
However, the luggage compartment remains the smallest of the three (535 l for Q4, 549 l for ID.5 and 570 l for Enyaq).
In front, it’s no surprise, as the Q4 Sportback e-tron occupies the dashboard of the SUV with flexible plastic elements at the top and furniture with a well-crafted design. The cockpit has a design with modern geometric shapes, and if it can all seem massive – especially for the passenger – everything falls perfectly at hand.
Also note a floating center console directly from VW ID and Enyaq with a glossy plastic that is not very comfortable to touch and hard plastic on the lower parts. It’s a bit annoying on Audi’s part.
Comfort and equipment
Noise measurement at 130 km / h
66 db (A)
However, the manufacturer is doing away with it with air conditioning controls that are much more ergonomic than among the group’s cousins. Here we have access to direct access keys with information screen. Same observation at the 11.6-inch central MMI touchscreen.
The home screen is customizable and the user interface is ergonomic with icons that make it easy to navigate. If we still regret some delay, especially when we want to move around the navigation screen, the whole thing remains responsive. Not so much as a smartphone, for sure, but the experience is medium. Two downsides though: its panel is a little too shiny and above all it is a fingerprint magnet.
The digital instrumentation is entrusted to the 10.25-inch virtual cockpit, which provides access to all driving information, the counter, the speed of the screen, the state of charge of the battery (in percent and in kilometers). Above all, it also integrates navigation and various screen configurations. It is at least more complete than on the small 5.3-inch screen on the Skoda Enyaq and VW ID.5. And like the latter, the Q4 plays the card of modernity with a steering wheel with haptic feedback … which unfortunately turns out to be unintuitive. In this game, it’s Skoda that’s doing well.
The head-up display is particularly comfortable to use. Information is projected directly onto the windscreen and is clearly displayed as if it were part of the driver’s real environment. It is possible to adjust the light intensity and adjust the HUD on the x, y and z axes. Note that it is preferable to make these adjustments when you are stationary because you need to immerse yourself in the bays of the MMI and therefore take your eyes off the road.
When the adaptive driving assistant is activated, various visual signals are displayed. As soon as the Audi Q4 e-tron approaches a lane marking without the turn signal having been activated, the lane change warning overlays a red line on the marking itself. Ditto with the regulator: the car in front of the Q4 is identified by a colored band. The set is playful and does not interfere with driving as long as you are familiar with the display.
The Audi Q4 e-Tron 40 Sportback takes pride in the equipment, mainly with automatic braking with anti-collision assistance, lane assistant, parking sensors front and rear, reversing camera (including image quality is noticeable) with 360 ° view, fatigue detector, blind spot detection and adaptive cruise control with assistance system .
Handling and performance
The Audi Q4 e-Tron Sprtback 40 is powered by an electric motor located on the rear axle, which provides 150 kW (204 hp) and a torque of 310 Nm. 0-100 km / h takes 8.5 seconds and the top speed is 160 km / h. Not very glorious figures for such a dynamic line branded Audi, but which will be sufficient in the context of a quiet driving of a good father.
The Q4 is a comfortable SUV well planted on its 19-inch wheels. The chassis is extremely solid, well aided by the piloted suspension (available as an option), which makes it possible to accommodate – as far as possible – the roller. If the Q4 is (very) heavy with its 2020 kg inches, its low center of gravity and its propulsion mean that it can still show some dynamism.
Above all, the steering is precise, direct, and the Bridgestone Turanza tires make their limit clearly felt. We skip the show, but the rhythmic driving goes smoothly.
Regenerative brake control is adjustable on three levels. It’s a matter of taste, but in writing we appreciated the strongest mode as well as mode B, which simulates more engine braking. The middle pedal is then only used for stops or emergencies. On all versions it is possible to tow an unbraked trailer of 750 kg.
In short, the driving experience is pleasant, relatively comfortable, certainly not surprising, but all in all quite rational.
Autonomy and charging
12.11 km / min
A rationality that we also finally find in consumption. For a family SUV, of course, we are light years away from what a good old diesel can offer in terms of sobriety and autonomy, but for an electric SUV, it is not that bad. With its 77 kWh (net) battery, the autonomy of the Q4 e-tron is thus announced at 520 km.
On our side, we noted an average consumption of 16 kWh / 100 km in the city, 18 kWh / 100 km on the highway and 23 kWh / 100 km on the highway. It is not yet optimal and it gives a measured mixed autonomy of 414 km, but in the electrical segment it is rather in the good average. In mixed, an Ioniq 5 shows, for example, according to our goal 390 km, when a Model Y is around 460 km.
Compared to the latter, it is ultimately the charging power that disappoints, with a maximum charging power of only 135 kW in direct current. According to the manufacturer, this allows you to go from 5 to 80% autonomy in 38 minutes. On an 11 kW (AC) socket, the charging time is 7 h 30 min.
Some finishing details.
Haptic feedback on steering wheel.
Disappointing charging power.
How does grading work?
If Audi gives in to fashion for coupe SUVs, its Q4 Sportback e-tron is a good student. It is certainly not perfect, especially due to somewhat disappointing finish details and indescribable performance, but the MEB platform offers good spaciousness, healthy handling and Audi stands out with a fairly complete infotainment system and relevant. The question of consumption remains. The Q4 e-tron remains reasonable and offers decent autonomy … which, however, will not be suitable for large rolls, especially since the charging power is just sufficient. Strongly a next generation in 800 volts!