Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron review: range, battery & charging
With a range of up to 328 miles, the Q4 Sportback e-tron can cover more miles on a charge than many of its rivals; rapid charging is standard, too
|Model||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|35 e-tron||217 miles||8hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||30mins (10-80%, 100kW)|
|40 e-tron||328 miles||11hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||34mins (10-80%, 125kW)|
|50 e-tron quattro||318 miles||11hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||34mins (10-80%, 125kW)|
Thanks to its sweeping roofline, the Sportback version of the Q4 e-tron will cover a few more miles on a charge than its more conventionally styled sister car. All models feature a 77kWh battery – a smaller, 52kWh model was discontinued shortly after launch – and come as standard with 135kW charging capability.
Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron range
The entry-level Q4 Sportback 40 e-tron is likely to be the most popular model in the lineup and boasts a range of up to 328 miles from its 77kWh battery – six more miles than the equivalent Q4 e-tron SUV. During our time with the car, we returned around 250 miles while driving a relatively fast route, meaning there should be ample range available for most buyers.
Upgrading to the dual-motor 50 e-tron model cuts the estimated range slightly to 318 miles; overall, buyers can expect around 250 miles of range in combined town and motorway driving for both models.
Audi updated the Q4 e-tron in 2022, increasing the maximum DC charging speed from 125kW to 135kW. This means if you plug into a compatible public ultra-rapid charger, a 5-80% charge will take just 36 minutes. The Q4 e-tron is also compatible with three-phase 11kW AC charging; if your home doesn't have three-phase electricity (most UK properties don't), it'll take around 11-and-a-half hours to fill the Q4’s 77kWh battery.
While those charging figures are close to those of rivals like the Mercedes EQA and BMW iX1, the Tesla Model Y can recharge at up to 250kW from one of the brand’s Superchargers, while the Genesis GV60 can charge at up to 239kW.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Sportback version of the Audi Q4 e-tron not only looks sleeker than its SUV sibling, but it offers more boot space and a greater electric range, too
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingWith a range of up to 328 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 & insuranceThe Q4 Sportback e-tron is undoubtedly expensive to buy, but may be cheaper to run than you think
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Q4 e-tron offers adequate performance and errs more on the side of comfort and refinement than performance and handling
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortLike most Audis, the Q4 Sportback e-tron features a superbly-finished cabin, with the slick Virtual Cockpit dials being one of many highlights
- 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 2022 Driver Power consumer survey leaves a lot to be desired