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Audi Q4 e-tron - Practicality, comfort and boot space

The Audi Q4 e-tron is a sensible family car choice, with plenty of passenger space and a big boot

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£51,270 to £68,245
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Audi, like 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 make fitting a booster seat that much easier. There are also plenty of storage bins and cubbies to store various odds and ends. Visibility is also good, and 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.

Size

The Q4 e-tron has a squat, bulky appearance, with a squared-off front end, big alloy wheels, and relatively short overhangs. At 1,632mm tall, it sits lower to the ground than many rivals. With an overall length of 4,588mm, the Q4 is longer than the BMW iX1 and Mercedes EQA and 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, with a flat floor that helps provide more room for feet 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 a 12V socket to keep any devices charged.

Boot

So, the Q4 e-tron can comfortably accommodate all the family, 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. If you fold the rear seats, you’ll benefit from a 1,490-litre load space. The Sportback models actually get a slightly larger boot, with 535 litres but only 1,460 litres with the seats folded down.

If you need a little more usability, 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, there’s no ‘frunk’ or space under the bonnet, like you get in the Tesla Model Y or Hyundai Ioniq 5.

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Steve looks after the Auto Express website; planning new content, growing online traffic and managing the web team. He’s been a motoring journalist, road tester and editor for over 20 years, contributing to titles including MSN Cars, Auto Trader, The Scotsman and The Wall Street Journal.

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