Audi’s Q4 e-Tron stands as a preamble to their future fully-EV fleet. But how does it stand on its own? Let’s check out some reviews!
One of the newest kids on the block for Audi, the Q4 e-Tron represents the company’s flagship of family-minded crossover. At first glance, most gearheads groan at the prospect. Let’s face it, plenty of crossovers these days just blend into the background. It’s safe for manufacturers to create unassuming, bland, “typical” crossovers. Audi, however, well they’re trying something a bit different. Promoting their upcoming all-encompassing EV lineup, they’re hitting the ground running with something rarely glimpsed in the wild. According to critics, Audi made an EV crossover that’s actually exciting.
The new Q4 e-Tron represents Audi’s fourth entry into their fully-EV e-Tron series, and the first luxury crossover on their MEB-platform. Supplemented by the larger Q5 e-Tron, Audi’s take on the body style represents a harbinger for what’s to come. The Q4 appears in either traditional SUV or a Sportback body style, and features either one or two motors for AWD models. Its electric powerplant features regen-braking, fast-charging capability, and an estimated range of 241 miles.
since its founding in 1909. But Audi fires right back, dropping a banger of a car in the most innocuous crossover-shaped package. Crammed with the latest tech on a state-of-the-art package, the Q4 e-Tron received rave reviews for its drivability, performance, and features. Let’s have a look at what some of these people have to say!
A Recipe for Success
The Q4 e-Tron, in many critics’ minds, represents one of the best takes on the luxury crossover to date. That said, at the end of the day, the Q4 remains one of the first of Audi’s fully-EV lineup. So while there’s undoubtedly kinks to iron out, it’s what you get for your money that counts here. In terms of its accessibility, CNET calls the Q4 “an easy way for the electro-curious to take the plunge on EV living.” Certainly appropriate given it’s one of Audi’s opening acts to the fully-EV main event. So that fills out the EV and crossover bits, but what about the luxury?
True to its mid-$50,000 price, the Q4 features a plethora of standard luxury features, along with a few surprises. That is, aside from the usual givens – leather interior, premium infotainment, power everything. In addition, Audi incorporated a number of advanced technologies such as adaptive cruise control linked to an augmented-reality HUD. And for Audi’s first venture, it’s apparently a pretty good one. Ars Technica calls it “very easy to use, and it makes you feel like you’re playing some kind of futuristic video game as you drive along.” Certainly an interesting and novel way to liven up the commute in a crossover. Audi also included adjustable regen-braking using paddle shifters. Which Bloomberg remarked, “allows me to coast like a normal person rather than abruptly slowing to regain energy.” All in all, Q4 reviews list it as an affordable premium luxury crossover or sportback. Perfect, then, for daily commutes and gearheads with families.
Hitting the Ground Running
CarExpert calls the handling “stubbornly one-dimensional,” citing stiff suspension and lack of feedback. Others also remarked on the stiff handling, with Ars Technica remarking the Q4 feels “ungainly and awkward… [The Q4] tends to jostle occupants and packages around more than you’d expect.”
On the flipside, CNET calls the ride “a comfy experience, with a solid highway ride and controlled body motions.” Bloomberg equates it to the ride quality of a Q3, which in their mind, “is a good thing. It means Audi was able to match the prompt acceleration, responsive braking, and intuitive handling as its conventional SUV in this lithium-ion marvel.” Ride stiffness tends to rear its head under specific circumstances – potholes, sharp cornering, and so on. So if you live in a nice, hilly area with good roads, the Q4 looks to be perfectly serviceable. It’s certainly not the most exciting ride. But it’s also a crossover, so you can’t necessarily fault it for that. That said, the fact remains that Audi hit the nail on the head with the Q4 e-Tron. An important factor to consider since it’s all uphill from here. Even as a preamble, this humble crossover’s certain to leave a lasting impact with new buyers.