Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron boot space, seating & practicality
Audi has made sure the Sportback version of its entry-level electric SUV doesn’t force customers to compromise when it comes to practicality
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While some brands are still adapting their combustion-engined models to zero-emissions power – like BMW with its iX3 and Volvo with its XC40 Recharge – the Q4 Sportback e-tron demonstrates the practicality benefits of using a dedicated electric-car platform. It sits on the VW Group's MEB platform, which also underpins the Volkswagen ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5, as well as the Skoda Enyaq iV and Cupra Born.
Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron interior space, storage & comfort
There’s plenty of room in the Q4 Sportback e-tron, with the cabin having been designed to feel as airy and spacious as possible. There's a lot of storage as well, including under the 'floating' panel that houses the gear selector up front, as well as carved-out sections in the rear door liners.
While you’d expect there to be a reduction in boot space due to the Sportback's sloping roofline, in fact the opposite is true. It gains 15 litres of load capacity over the regular Q4 e-tron, for 535 in total with the back seats in place. That's more space than the BMW iX3, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volvo C40 Recharge can offer – although some of those cars' boots are better able to handle large or awkwardly shaped loads.
Put the seats down and you get up to 1,460 litres of load capacity, which is 30 less than what’s on offer in the regular Q4 e-tron, but still over 100 litres more than the Mercedes EQA’s seats-down capacity. Unlike some of its rivals though, the Sportback doesn’t feature a ‘frunk’ or any storage under the bonnet.
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 & 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 & practicality - currently readingAudi 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