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Tesla Model Y vs Audi Q4 e-tron: verdict and specifications

The Model Y takes the crown thanks to its rapid-charging capability, storming performance and vast interior space – however the Q4 e-tron’s styling (inside and out) is sure to win many over

Audi Q4 e-tron vs Tesla Model Y

1st: Tesla Model Y – 4.5 stars

While it loses some performance and range compared to the Model 3 that it shares 95% of its tech with, the Model Y still offers stunning practicality and speed, plus decent range for its class and loads of technology as standard. Ultimately, that slightly firm ride quality is the only thing we can really hold against it.

2nd: Audi Q4 e-tron – 4.5 stars

Although it finishes second here, the Q4 e-tron is still an excellent and very comfortable electric SUV, with a more traditional cabin design that some may prefer to the Tesla’s extremely minimalist effort. However, the Model Y edges out the Q4 e-tron thanks to its practicality and high-tech appeal. Plus, we also think that the cheaper, mid-range, rear-wheel-drive version of the Audi is actually the sweet spot of the range.

Specifications

CarTesla Model Y Long RangeAudi Q4 50 e-tron quattro S line
List price/total as tested£54,990/£58,190£53,470/£63,295
EngineTwo electric motors + lithium-ion batteryTwo electric motors + lithium-ion battery
TransmissionSingle-speed auto / all-wheel-driveSingle-speed auto / all-wheel-drive
Battery capacity75kWh82kWh
Power / torque434bhp / 493Nm+295bhp / 460Nm
0-60mph4.8s6.2s
Top speed135mph111mph
Charge time (wallbox/rapid)11hrs 45mins (0-100%) / 36mins (0-80%, 250kW)11hrs 30mins (0-100%) / 38mins (5-80%)
Claimed / predicted range315 / 285 miles291 / 279 miles
BiK rate / total for 20% taxpayer1% / £1101% / £107
Length / width / height / wheelbase4,751 / 1,978 / 1,624 / 2,890mm4,588 / 1,865 / 1,632 / 2,764mm
Boot capacity (seats up/down)854/2,041 litres520 / 1,490 litres
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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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