Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron performance, motor & drive
While 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
|Model||0-62mph||Top speed||Driven wheels||Power|
|50 e-tron quattro||6.2s||111mph||Four||295bhp|
The Q4 Sportback e-tron provides the instant kick of torque you’d expect from an electric SUV, and you’ll have no problems reaching the national speed limit with ease. However, in comparison to rivals like the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model 3, it's not quite as quick in a straight line, nor as much fun to thread through a series of corners.
Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
The 35 e-tron features a single electric motor that sends all of its 168bhp and 310Nm of torque to the rear wheels, and will do 0-62mph in nine seconds. Upgrade to the 40 e-tron and you get a slight bump in power to 201bhp, which cuts that time to 8.5 seconds, but the car remains rear-drive only.
At the top of the range is the 50 e-tron quattro, which gets a dual-motor setup for 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 35 e-tron and 40 e-tron have their top speed limited to 99mph to preserve range, while the more powerful 50 e-tron quattro is limited to 112mph for the same reason.
The Q4 Sportback e-tron is by no means the most engaging electric car to drive, but it is comfortable and refined. Our test car did have the optional adaptive suspension and damper control fitted, however, so we'll add our verdict on the standard setup once we've had the chance to drive it. We can say that the upgraded setup was able to keep the car largely flat while cornering and handled road imperfections very well.
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 & drive - currently readingWhile 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 & comfortThe 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