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Audi Q4 e-tron vs Mercedes EQA: verdict and specifications

While the EQA has it merits, the Q4 e-tron takes the spot in this test thanks to its spacious interior, styling, greater efficiency and range

Audi Q4 e-tron vs Mercedes EQA

1st: Audi Q4 e-tron – 4.5 stars

Audi knocked it out of the park with the Q4 e-tron. Not only is it the best of these two electric SUVs, it’s one of the best electric cars on the market right now. Audi has utilised all the advantages afforded to it from the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, and given the Q4 e-tron a wonderfully spacious cabin and lots of boot space. Plus, it has a longer range and is more efficient than the EQA.

2nd: Mercedes EQA – 4.0 stars

The EQA narrowly loses out on first place in this fight, not because it's sub-par, but due to how well Audi did putting together its own entry-level electric SUV. The EQA still offers plenty of standard equipment and tech, and boasts a premium-feeling interior, too. But it is let down by its range, and the reduced practicality compared to both the Audi and the GLA it’s based on. 

Specifications

Car

Audi Q4 e-tron 40 Sport

Mercedes EQA 250 Sport

List price/total as tested

£44,275/£52,685

£44,495/£47,535

Engine

Single electric motor + lithium-ion battery

Single electric motor + lithium-ion battery

Transmission

Single-speed auto / rear-wheel drive

Single-speed auto / front-wheel drive

Battery capacity (total/usable)

82 / 76.6 kWh

66.5 / 66.5 kWh

Power / torque

201bhp / 310Nm

187bhp / 375Nm

0-60mph

8.5s

8.9s

Top speed

99mph

99mph

Charge time (wallbox/rapid)

11hrs 30mins / 38mins

10hrs 45mins / 37mins

Claimed / predicted range 

316 / 260 miles

263 / 206 miles

BiK rate / total for 20% taxpayer

1% / £90

1% / £89

Length / width / height / wheelbase

4,588 / 1,865 / 1,632 / 2,764mm

4,463 / 1,834 / 1,620 / 2,729mm

Boot capacity (seats up/down)

520 / 1,490 litres

451 / 1,405 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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