Launched last year in the Hatchback version, the Audi Q4 e-Tron is back in front of the platform with the latest Sportback body, the coupe SUVs. A condition that allows the manufacturer to display the most profitable drag coefficient (0.26 Cx versus 0.28 Cx for a standard SUV) and reduce consumption, leading to electric vehicles.
According to the standard MEB platform, our Q4 Sportback 40 e-tron is decorated with a single engine mounted on a rear axle that produces 204 hp. Normal power compared to total weight, but which is only passed to the rear wheels. The 77 kWh battery promises 522 miles of independence.
If the price of the Q4 e-tron Sportback starts at € 46,750 in the 170 hp version and the 55 kWh battery, our trial version of the e-Tron 40 starts at € 52,900. Our Design Luxe range starts at € 57,500 and is fitted with standard adjustable and adjustable outside mirrors, rain and light sensor, 10.25 “Digital Cockpit, 19-inch rims, leather steering wheel, state-of-the-art information package MMI Navigation., Audi Audio System, security support package, hands-free key, Matrix LED lights, backlit with electric locks and locks and even leather sports seats – in theory at least, because in our launch version they were made of fabric.the rich endowment therefore, which makes the proposal interesting.
Ergonomics and design
Discovering the Audi Q4 Sportback 40 e-tron, there is little doubt that we are facing the first SUV. Its silhouette is characterized by a special back that enhances its sporting shape and improves the drag coefficient.
The front surface is marked with a grille one chapter complete and accurate new with Matrix LED lights. The straight and muscular sides strengthen their fold with tonic elements and the large arches of the wheel make the line even more beautiful.
Elsewhere, the Q4 e-tron Sportback generally captures the features of the concept car introduced in 2019 with a short front overhang and large 19- to 21-inch wheels (20 inches in our trial version).
In terms of dimensions, we remain on foot almost identical to those of the Skoda Enyaq and ID.5 cousins, with a height of 4.59 m, a width of 1.86 m and a height of 1.63 m. It all remains large, but the sloping roof line on the rear trunk changes the silhouette.
Above all, the hospitality wheel of 2.76 m allows for decent housing. The function of the coupe-type body does not in any way interfere with the internal space. The back, leg and elbow room are very hospitable. There is also a good central square with a lack of service tunnel. The roof protector will suffice for the tallest, with a slightly fitted seat.
The stem, however, remains the smallest of three (535 l for Q4, 549 l for ID.5 and 570 l for Enyaq).
Forward, it is not surprising as the Q4 Sportback e-tron takes over an SUV dashboard with flexible plastic components and furniture with functional design. The cockpit has modern geometric shapes and shapes, and if the whole thing can look great – especially for passengers – everything is in your hands.
Also note the centerpiece that floats directly from the VW and Enyaq ID with a non-stick coating plastic that is not very pleasant to touch with hard plastic on the bottom. It’s a little embarrassing for Audi.
Comfort and equipment
Noise measurement at 130 km / h
66 db (A)
The manufacturer manufactures, however, air conditioners that are more ergonomic than those of the group’s cousins. Here we have access to the direct access keys and the information screen. Similar observation on 11.6 inch MMI touch screen screen.
The first screen can be personalized and the interface is ergonomic, with icons that simplify browsing. If we still hate waiting time, especially when we want to move around the moving screen, it will all be left to respond. It’s not like a smart phone, sure, but the experience is very high. Two shortcomings, however: its panel glows slightly and above all is a fingerprint magnet.
Digital instruments have been handed over to the 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit which provides access to all operating information, counter, screen speed, battery charge status (in percent and per kilometer). Above all, it also integrates navigation with different display configurations. In any case it is more complete than on the 5.3-inch screen of Skoda Enyaq and VW ID.5. And like the latter, the Q4 has a modern card with a steering wheel and haptic feedback … which unfortunately turns out to be inconvenient. In this game, it is Skoda who is doing well.
The head-up display is fun to use. The information is displayed directly on the windshield and is displayed transparently, as if it were part of a real driver environment. It is possible to adjust the brightness of the light and adjust the HUD on axes x, y and z. Caution, it is best to make these adjustments while standing, because you have to immerse yourself in the MMI routes and thus keep your eyes on the road.
When the flexible driving assistant is activated, various visual tips are displayed. So, as soon as the Audi Q4 e-tron is about to signal a route without a turn signal, the exit warning puts a red line on the actual mark. Ditto and controller: the car in front of the Q4 is identified by a color band. The set is playful and does not bother to drive, as long as you know the show.
The Audi Q4 e-Tron 40 Sportback boasts device position, especially with automatic brakes for collision support, route setting, front and rear parking sensors, rear camera (with acceptable image quality) with 360 ° vision, fatigue. detector, blind spot detection and flexible air traffic control and support system in traffic jams.
Handling and performance
The Audi Q4 e-Tron Sprtback 40 is powered by an electric motor mounted on the rear axle that provides 150 kW (204 hp) and 310 Nm of torque. 0-100 km / h takes 8.5 seconds and the top speed is 160 km / h. It is not a very glorious figure for that power line with the Audi badge, but that will suffice in the context of driving for the stability of a good father.
The Q4 is a comfortable SUV mounted on its 19-inch wheels. If the Q4 is (very) heavy with 2020 kg blank, its low center of gravity and its pressure allow it to show some similar strength.
Above all, the steering wheel is precise, straightforward, and the Bridgestone Turanza tires make their range sound clear. We skip performance, but rhythm operation goes smoothly.
Recovery brake management can be adjusted in three levels. It’s a matter of taste, but in writing, we appreciated the more powerful state, as well as the B mode that mimics most of the engine’s brakes. Then the middle pedal is used only for suspension or emergency. In all versions, you can pull a 750 kg non-brake trailer.
In short, the driving experience is pleasant, comfortable, certainly not surprising, but all in all it is sensible.
Independence and payment
12.11km / min
The sensitivity that we also find eventually in use. Obviously, for a family SUV, we are light years away from what a good old diesel can offer in terms of volume and freedom, but for an electric SUV it’s not too bad. Thus, with its 77 kWh (net) battery, the Q4 e-tron independence is advertised for 520 km.
For our part, we noted the average consumption of 16 kWh / 100 km in the city, 18 kWh / 100 km on the road and 23 kWh / 100 km on the highway. It is still not ideal and offers a combined 414 km, but in the electrical sector, it is in good average. In combination, the Ioniq 5, for example, shows according to our dimensions 390 km, while the Model Y is around 460 km.
Compared to the latter, it is ultimately the charging power that is disappointing, with a maximum charging power of only 135 kW for direct current. According to the manufacturer, this allows you to go from 5 to 80% of the freedom in 38 minutes. At an 11 kW (AC) socket, the charging time is 7 h 30 min.
Some finishing details.
Haptic views on the steering wheel.
The power of discouraging charging.
How does marking work?
If Audi accepts the style of coupe SUVs, its Q4 Sportback e-tron is a good student. Certainly not perfect, especially given the complete details of the frustration and nondescript performance, but the MEB platform offers a great opportunity, health care and Audi proves itself with a complete infotainment and essential system. There is still a question of usage. The Q4 e-tron remains intelligent and offers decent freedom … which however will not be suitable for large rollers, especially since the charging force is just enough. Powerfully the next generation at 800 volts!