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
|Model||0-62mph||Top speed||Driven wheels||Power|
|50 e-tron quattro||6.2s||111mph||Four||295bhp|
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.
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.
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 & drive - currently readingIt 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 & comfortThere’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