Audi Q4 e-tron interior, dashboard & comfort
There’s lot of choice when it comes to Q4 e-tron trim levels and options, but all models come with a slick infotainment system and the German brand’s excellent Virtual Cockpit
Superior interior and build quality is one attribute that Audi has excelled at over the years, and the Q4 e-tron is no different. For some, it may even be the deciding factor between this car and its rivals from BMW, Mercedes and Tesla. Thankfully, the cabin doesn’t disappoint, with a driver-orientated cockpit that's well laid out, as well an interior that overall feels spacious, airy and well put-together.
Audi Q4 e-tron dashboard
Like many electric cars, including the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV that the Q4 e-tron shares its platform with, Audi’s latest SUV features a minimalist dashboard. But the Q4 does have physical buttons for the climate control and some other functions below it on a 'floating' panel that also houses the gear selector.
For some, that may represent a return to the dark ages, but others will find it easier than the touch-sensitive sliding bars used in Volkswagen's ID models. There are high-quality materials all around the Q4's cabin, with a soft and squishy finish on top of the dashboard in particular. It feels broadly similar to petrol-powered Audis, which is no bad thing, but is even more refined with no engine noise to endure.
Equipment, options & accessories
Prices for the entry-level Q4 35 e-tron start from just shy of £45,000. The more powerful Q4 40 e-tron starts at just over £48,000, while the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Q4 50 e-tron quattro is priced from over £54,000. All the Q4 e-tron drivetrains are available in three trim levels: Sport, S Line and Edition 1. A range-topping Vorsprung trim was previously offered.
Sport features 19-inch aerodynamic alloy wheels for reduced drag, LED headlights, a powered tailgate and heated front seats. Above that is S line, which adds 20-inch alloys, more aggressive front and rear bumpers and sports suspension. It also gets a sports steering wheel, black headliner and sports seats. Edition 1 Q4 e-trons start from just under £47,000; this spec builds on the S line with Matrix LED headlights, a black exterior styling pack and a hexagonal steering wheel with paddles to adjust the regenerative braking.
The formerly top-of-the-line, fully loaded Vorsprung variant comes with the optional ‘comfort and sound’ and ‘technology’ packs, as well as 21-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof and some extra safety systems like adaptive cruise control, emergency assistance and side assistance. Inside, Vorsprung Q4 e-trons feature Nappa leather sports seats, an upgraded Sonos audio system, wireless smartphone charging and an augmented reality head-up display.
Several option packs are available, including the ‘comfort and sound pack’, which adds a reversing camera and premium sound system. There’s also the ‘technology pack’, which includes the augmented-reality head-up display and wireless smartphone charging, and the ‘safety pack plus’, which adds side assistance with exit warning and rear cross-traffic assistance. Adaptive shock absorbers with damper control are also available, along with a heat pump for reducing energy used to heat the interior.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
All Q4 e-trons come as standard with a 10.25-inch 'Virtual Cockpit' driver's display, a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen and wireless Apple CarPlay. Android Auto is also available, but you need to plug your phone in to use it. That infotainment touchscreen is smaller than what you’ll find in the Skoda Enyaq iV, and even smaller still than the screen in the Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y. But Audi’s 'MMI' operating system is one of the slickest in the business – superior to the one in the Volkswagen ID.4 in particular.
In This Review
- 1VerdictAudi’s latest electric car shares a platform with the VW ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV, but superior interior quality, technology and comfort put it a step above; it's worth paying extra for
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe choice of 52 or 77kWh battery depends on what powertrain you select; range is up to 316 miles and rapid charging is standard
- 3Running costs & insuranceWhile the Q4 e-tron comes with a three-year warranty and only has a 2% Benefit-in-Kind tax rate, the higher-spec models sit in some fairly lofty insurance groups
- 4Performance, motor & driveIt may not match the Tesla Model 3's performance, but the Q4 e-tron is pacy and handles well; ride quality is also excellent
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingThere’s lot of choice when it comes to Q4 e-tron trim levels and options, but all models come with a slick infotainment system and the German brand’s excellent Virtual Cockpit
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityWith boot capacity on par with an Audi Q5, the Q4 e-tron offers plenty of space for families and features an airy, open cabin – one of the benefits of sitting on a dedicated electric-car platform
- 7Reliability and safety ratingThe Q4 e-tron has a five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP, but Audi as a brand hasn't tended to top satisfaction surveys of late