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Audi Q4 e-tron review - Interior, design and technology

With typically impressive design inside and out, the Audi Q4 e-tron is most definitely a premium family SUV

The Q4 e-tron SUV represents Audi’s first use of the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform architecture, specifically designed to underpin the company’s all-electric cars. There is a familiar style to the Q4’s exterior look, however, with the usual quality materials in use throughout the cabin.

Buyers have the choice of the traditional SUV styling of the standard Q4 e-tron, or the more svelte coupe lines of the Sportback version. Either way you’re getting a family car with a lot of kerb appeal: the large, blanked-off grille has a modern blockwork design, while the strong panel lines and slim LED headlights work well.

Climb into the driver’s seat and you can tell Audi’s designers have worked hard to create a simple, uncluttered feel to the cabin. The steering wheel is a little fancy with flat top and bottom edges and touch/swipe controls, but the drive select switch is on a small panel that juts out from the lower dash leaving lots of usable space below. 

The infotainment touchscreen is angled slightly towards you, while there are physical buttons for the climate control system which, in our experience, is a good thing.

Equipment levels are generous with all Q4 e-tron’s featuring Audi’s Virtual Cockpit instrument display and 10.1-inch media touchscreen with built-in sat-nav and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity. Other standard kit on entry 35 versions includes 19-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, three-zone climate control and an automatic tailgate.

The ever-popular S line trim features 20-inch alloy wheels, an exterior styling pack, privacy glass and upgraded upholstery, while the Edition 1 versions add Matrix LED headlights, black exterior accents, electrically-adjustable, leather-trimmed front seats and a multi-function sports steering wheel. The top-spec Vorsprung cars push the wheel size to 21-inches and also include a head-up display with augmented reality tech, a SONOS audio system and a panoramic glass sunroof.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Audi has kept things familiar with the Q4’s infotainment system. It uses the same 10.1-inch touchscreen as many other models in the firm’s range and is as slick as ever. The home page displays eight main menus presented in large tiles, which can be customised to suit the driver’s own preferences, while one swipe to the left – a motion that the system responds to quickly and smoothly – shows three larger widgets. 

The built-in navigation uses Google satellite graphics which look fantastic, while loading times are fairly quick, too. The process from typing in a postcode via the on-screen keyboard to the system loading the route and giving the first instruction takes 25 seconds. If we’re being very fussy, then the displays aren’t quite as razor-sharp as you’ll find in a Mercedes, but it’s still very impressive otherwise.

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