Audi Q4 e-tron review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Q4 e-tron doesn’t compromise on practicality, with plenty of passenger space, useful standard kit and a big boot making it a sensible family buy
Audi, as with other VW Group brands, has benefited from the bespoke MEB platform that has kick-started the company’s all-electric strategy. The EV architecture means designers have been able to create extra passenger space, with the car’s batteries stored beneath the floor.
Buyers with families and smaller children will appreciate the wide opening doors which makes fitting a booster seat that much easier, while there are plenty of storage bins and cubbies to take various odds and ends. Visibility is also good, plus handy touches such as rear parking sensors, a power tailgate, three-zone climate control and heated front seats all come as standard on the Q4 e-tron.
The Q4 e-tron has a squat, bulky appearance, with its squared-off front-end, big alloy wheels and relatively short overhangs. At 1,632mm tall it sits lower to the ground than many rivals, too. With an overall length of 4,588mm, the Q4 is longer than the BMW iX1 and Mercedes EQA, while also just ahead of the Volkswagen ID.4’s 4,584mm measurement. Width is quoted at 1,865mm, which is between the BMW’s 1,891mm and Mercedes’ 1,834mm dimensions.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
As with most all-electric cars, there’s decent room throughout the Q4 e-tron and, while you won't be wanting for space upfront, the rear of the cabin is a particular highlight. The floor is pretty much flat which helps when carrying three passengers in the back, and headroom is excellent. If you add the optional Technology Pack rear passengers also get their own set of air vents and climate controls, plus some USB-C ports and 12V socket to keep any devices charged.
So, the Q4 e-tron can certainly accommodate all the family in comfort, but will you be able to pack all their luggage as well? Well, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue, as its 520-litre boot should be big enough for most family kit, and if you fold the rear seats you’ll benefit from a 1,490-litre load space. If you need a little more usability, then the optional Function Pack adds various storage nets and a cargo area cover, although there is space under the boot floor to store charging cables. However there’s no ‘frunk’ or space under the bonnet, like you get in the Tesla Model Y or Hyundai Ioniq 5.
In this review
- 1Audi Q4 e-tron review If you’re questioning whether all-electric power is the right choice for a family SUV, then the Audi Q4 e-tron has all the answers
- 2Electric motor, drive and performance The Q4 e-tron prioritises refinement over performance, although top-spec versions still offer a decent turn of pace
- 3Range, charging and running costsThe Q4 e-tron’s range holds up well on the road while its rapid-charging abilities add further appeal to drivers who routinely cover longer distances
- 4Interior, design and technologyWith typically impressive design inside and out, the Audi Q4 e-tron is most definitely a premium family SUV
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe Q4 e-tron doesn’t compromise on practicality, with plenty of passenger space, useful standard kit and a big boot making it a sensible family buy
- 6Reliability and safetyExcellent safety kit is reassuring, but Audi had a real shocker in the latest Driver Power owner satisfaction survey