Audi Q4 e-tron review - Range, charging and running costs
Real-world range holds up well, while the fast-charging ability of the Q4 e-tron adds further appeal for family buyers
Two battery options are available for the Q4 e-tron: the 52kWh version offers a claimed 208 miles of range, while the 77kWh variant provides up to 316 miles when paired with the single rear-mounted motor, and 298 miles in dual-motor, all-wheel-drive form.
The entry Q4 e-tron 35 has 100kW fast charging capability, while the 40 and 50 models improve on this with a 125kW charging rate, which means both can top-up from 5 to 80 per cent in 38 minutes. If you need the electric equivalent of a splash and dash, you can add 80 miles of range in around ten minutes, although fitting a domestic wallbox charger at home will make life a lot easier, as you can fully replenish the battery overnight. This is something that Audi has clearly considered, because the manufacturer offers a complimentary 7kW Pod Point wallbox when you place your Q4 e-tron order.
As with all fully-electric cars, the Q4 e-tron produces zero CO2 emissions and so benefits from road tax exemption, while business users will appreciate the low 1 per cent BiK tax rate.
We had a 40 Sport model to use for our own test and found that, when driving mostly on slower, stop/start urban routes, the real-world range actually slightly exceeded the manufacturer’s official WLTP rating of 316 miles, but when predominantly travelling at motorway speeds the figure dropped to around 262 miles. This still feels like a perfectly practical range, but perhaps something to consider if you spend lots of time driving on faster main routes and highways.
There’s no getting around the fact that insuring a luxury all-electric SUV is not going to be cheap. The entry-level Q4 e-tron 35 Sport is in group 26, which means premiums shouldn’t be too painful, and moving up to what should be the popular 201bhp 40 S line model only sees a climb of three places to group 29. If you’re after all-wheel-drive then things do get a little more pricey, as the Quattro 50 sits in groups 37 to 39 depending on your chosen trim level. In comparison, the Mercedes EQA starts in group 37 for the 250 AMG Line version, rising to group 45 for the top-spec 350 4Matic AMG Line Premium Plus.
Stylish, all-electric SUVs generally command premium price tags, although one upside is that residuals are usually pretty strong. The Q4 e-tron performs well here, predicted to hold onto around 54 per cent of its original value after a typical three-year/36,000-mile ownership period. In comparison, the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq offer similar figures, while the Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge and BMW iX3 return in excess of 60 per cent of their list price over the same term. Don’t forget, though, that the Volvo and BMW will generally cost more to buy in the first place.
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
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Q4 e-tron prioritises refinement over performance, although top-spec versions still offer a decent turn of pace
- 3Range, charging and running costs - currently readingReal-world range holds up well, while the fast-charging ability of the Q4 e-tron adds further appeal for family buyers
- 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 spaceThe 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 Driver Power customer feedback needs to improve