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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 Y 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. This powerful option is mechanically identical to the Skoda Enyaq iV vRS and the Volkswagen ID.4 GTX; the Audi doesn’t get a special badge but it’s actually very slightly quicker than the other two.

The Q4 50 e-tron features a motor 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. S line is a little firmer, and we’d expect the Edition 1 to be on the firm side with its even bigger wheels. 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 is an optional extra. If you can, test drive a car with and without it to see if you think it’s worth adding.

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