Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron interior, dashboard & comfort
The Sportback’s cabin is what sets it apart from the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV that share its underpinnings, allowing Audi to justify a higher price tag
While the Q4 Sportback e-tron shares its mechanical platform with the Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5, as well as the Skoda Enyaq iV and its forthcoming coupe-SUV sibling, that’s hard to tell from inside. Superior interior quality is where Audi frequently sets itself apart from the other brands in the VW Group, and the electric Sportback is no different. It's likely to be the key reason many people choose the Audi over its closely related sister cars.
Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron dashboard
Audi’s electric coupe-SUV features minimalist dashboard design, but thankfully retains some physical buttons for the climate control and some other functions on a 'floating' panel that also houses the gear selector. There are high-quality materials throughout the cabin, with a soft and squishy finish on top of the dashboard in particular.
Equipment, options & accessories
Prices for the entry-level 35 e-tron start from just over £41,500. The more powerful 40 e-tron starts at just under £45,000, while the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive 50 e-tron quattro is priced from just over £52,000. All drivetrains are available in four trim levels: Sport, S Line, Edition 1 and Vorsprung. No version of the Q4 Sportback e-tron is eligible for the government’s plug-in car grant (PiCG).
Sport cars feature 19-inch aerodynamic alloy wheels for reduced drag, LED headlights, a powered tailgate and heated front seats. S line adds 20-inch alloys, more aggressive front and rear bumpers and sports suspension, along with a sports steering wheel, black headliner and sports seats. Edition 1 starts from just over £47,000, adding Matrix LED headlights, a black exterior styling pack and a hexagonal steering wheel with paddles to adjust the regenerative braking.
At the top of the range is Vorsprung, which starts from just over £55,000 in Sportback form. This top-of-the-line, fully loaded variant comes with ‘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 cars 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 for the cheaper versions, including the ‘comfort and sound' pack, which adds a reversing camera and premium sound system. There’s also the ‘technology pack’, which includes the 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 Sportback 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. The central infotainment touchscreen is smaller than the one you’ll find in a Skoda Enyaq iV, and 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, and notably superior to the software in the Volkswagen ID.4 in particular.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe sleeker-looking Sportback variant of the Q4 e-tron electric SUV is just as practical, efficient and good to drive as its sister car – but has a heftier price tag
- 2Range, battery & chargingWith a range of up to 324 miles, the Q4 Sportback e-tron can cover more miles on a charge than many of its rivals; rapid charging is standard, too
- 3Running costs & insuranceWith rock-bottom running costs and a 1% Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) rate, Audi’s electric coupe-SUV will appeal to both private buyers and company-car drivers, although insurance could be pricey
- 4Performance, motor & driveWhile it offers similar performance to a Tesla Model 3 or Ford Mustang Mach-E, Audi’s coupe-SUV is more about comfortable everyday driving than thrilling engagement
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingThe Sportback’s cabin is what sets it apart from the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV that share its underpinnings, allowing Audi to justify a higher price tag
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityAudi has made sure the Sportback version of its entry-level electric SUV doesn’t force customers to compromise when it comes to practicality
- 7Reliability & safety ratingAudi’s electric coupe-SUV has a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, but the German brand’s performance in the 2021 Driver Power consumer survey leaves a lot to be desired