Audi Q4 e-tron review: boot space, seating & practicality
With boot capacity on par with the larger Audi Q5, the Q4 e-tron offers plenty of space for families and features an airy, open cabin
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The Audi Q4 e-tron is another example of the inherent practicality benefits of using a dedicated electric-car platform like the Volkswagen Group's MEB setup (which also underpins the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq) rather than adapting a combustion-engined model to zero-emissions power.
Audi Q4 e-tron interior space, storage & comfort
There’s plenty of space in the Q4 e-tron, with the cabin having been designed to feel as airy and spacious as possible. There's an impressive amount of room throughout the Q4 e-tron, especially in the rear of the cabin where you’ll find a pretty flat floor which helps when carrying three passengers in the back. Headroom is also excellent.
There's a lot of storage space as well, including under the 'floating' panel that houses the gear selector up front, plus carved-out sections in the rear door liners. Buyers with families and smaller children will appreciate the wide opening doors which should help make fitting a booster seat that much easier.
The Q4 e-tron has a very generous 520 litres of boot space, which for context is more than the BMW iX luxury SUV offers. That’s also slightly more boot space than on offer in the BMW iX1 and far more than you get in a Volvo XC40 Recharge. However, the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq, which, as noted above, have the same underpinnings as the Q4 e-tron, can carry even more stuff.
Fold the rear seats down and the maximum load capacity expands to 1,490 litres. Sport models get a 40:60 split-folding rear bench, while S line and Black Edition cars feature more versatile 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats instead.
There’s no extra storage in the Q4 e-tron’s nose, like you get in a Tesla Model Y, but there is space under the boot floor that’s perfect for your charging cables. If you need a few extra places for any odds and ends the optional Function Pack adds various storage nets and a cargo area cover.
In This Review
- 1VerdictAudi’s electric family SUV shares its platform with the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV, but superior interior quality, technology and comfort make it worth paying extra for
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe 77kWh battery allows Audi’s electric family SUV to cover over 300 miles between top-ups, while 135kW 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 doesn’t keep pace with the Tesla Model Y, but the Q4 e-tron is still quick 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 & practicality - currently readingWith boot capacity on par with the larger Audi Q5, the Q4 e-tron offers plenty of space for families and features an airy, open cabin
- 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