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Audi Q4 e-tron performance, motor, top speed

It may not match the Tesla Model 3's performance, but the Q4 e-tron is pacy and handles well; ride quality is also excellent

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Performance, motor & drive rating

4.0 out of 5

Model0-62mphTop speedDriven wheelsPower
35 e-tron9.0s99mphRear168bhp
40 e-tron8.5s99mphRear201bhp
50 e-tron quattro6.2s111mphFour295bhp

While it can provide the customary sudden burst of acceleration for wowing passengers that most electric cars can manage, the Q4 e-tron isn't quite as fast as a Tesla Model 3 or more expensive models – especially if you opt for the entry-level 35 e-tron model. But there’s still plenty of poke when you need it and the Audi handles well.

Audi Q4 e-tron 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration

The rear-drive Q4 e-tron 35 produces 168bhp and 310Nm of torque, and will cover 0-62mph in nine seconds, while the more powerful 201bhp Q4 40 e-tron (also rear-wheel drive) cuts that time to 8.5 seconds. The top-of-the-range Q4 50 e-tron quattro’s dual electric motors give it a total output of 295bhp and 460Nm of torque, making it capable of 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds.

One motor sits on each axle, but the front one is only used when more grip is required, or under full throttle. The Q4 35 e-tron and Q4 40 e-tron have their top speed limited to 99mph to preserve range, while the more powerful Q4 50 e-tron quattro is limited to 112mph for the same reason.

Handling

The Q4 40 e-tron we tested handled road bumps and potholes well, and was generally very comfortable, quiet and easy to drive. The suspension – and a low centre of gravity thanks to the batteries sitting low in the car – also keep the electric SUV’s body level when you corner. However, our test car did come with the optional adaptive suspension and damper control, which costs an extra £950. We'll add our verdict on the standard setup to this page once we've had the chance to drive it.

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