Audi’s EV range has grown steadily over the past few years. After the SUV e-tron came the crossover coupé variant e-tron Sportback, e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT and now the Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback.
Since these Q4 twins are the smallest electric Audis to date, they are also the cheapest and are therefore more likely to be sold in large numbers. Mind you, they’re not that small as they’re roughly the same size as the Audi Q5.
That’s on the outside because the interior is more spacious thanks to the more efficient packaging of the VW Group’s MEB platform for electric vehicles that underpins it. This means that the Q4 e-tron and the Q4 e-tron Sportback will be built from the ground up as electric vehicles instead of using a modified ICE platform like the e-tron.
As the Fully Charged review shows, this is good not only for practicality, but also for things people want from electric vehicles, like range, performance, and comfort – not to mention a reasonable price point.
The model in the video is the RWD-only Q4 40 e-tron, which offers a WTLP-tested range of 508 km from a battery with a usable capacity of 77 kWh. For those who prefer performance over range, an AWD model will be launched shortly, but this mid-range variant should appeal to most customers.
It’s not the sportiest EV, but it does have a bit of poke as the reviewer reveals. The reality is that Audi is more focused on making the driving experience easy and comfortable, which is what a family car buyer wants.
Speaking of simple: the turning circle of the Q4 e-tron is very tight, which will certainly come in handy when maneuvering around town. Before you dive into the test, you should know that Audi expects the Q4 e-tron to be its second best-selling model by the end of next year, so it should be better.