Coupe better than SUV?

Appeared a year ago, the electric Audi Q4 arrives in a new Sportback version. How much is the Coupé version of the electric SUV of the rings worth? First experience on Norwegian roads.

Among the various brands of the Volkswagen group, the launches follow one another and are similar. After’ID.5 at Volkswagen and theEnyaq Coupe At Skoda, it’s Audi’s turn to offer a Coupé version of its Q4 electric SUV.

Contrary to Volkswagen with its ID rangeEast Audi Q4 Sportback etron it retains the brand’s DNA (and this is a good thing) with, in particular, this famous “Single Frame” grille characteristic of Audi models. Very close to the concept of the SUV version, this electric Q4 Coupé is distinguished by its sunken roof topped by a small spoiler that, beyond aesthetics, improves aerodynamics (0.26 Cd compared to 0.28 for the SUV).

In terms of size, this Sportback version has 2 centimeters less height (1.61 m). Due to its length (4.59 m) and width (1.87 m), nothing moves.

a generous space

In the rear seats there is plenty of legroom. However, the older ones will have to be careful with the roof protection, which is necessarily smaller than in the SUV. The absence of a center tunnel makes the middle seat usable even if the seat will still be less comfortable.

Despite its receding canopy, the electric Q4 Sportback is more generous than its predecessor in terms of luggage space. The latter has a volume of 535 liters, 15 more than the SUV version. The volume of the folded seat is, on the other hand, smaller with 1,460 liters compared to 1,490 for the SUV.

Q4 e-tron Q4 Sportback e-tron
Length 4588mm 4588mm
retro outside width 1865mm 1865mm
Height 1632mm 1614mm
Trunk/seat folded down 520 / 1,490 liters 535 / 1,460 liters
c x 0.28 0.26
Trailer with/without brakes 1000 / 750kg 1000 / 750kg

Inside, the presentation is sober and in all respects identical to that of the SUV. Nothing too exciting, but still functional. In general, the finish is correct despite the fact that there are too many hard plastics. Note the presence of a double flat steering wheel: a first for Audi!

On the digital side, the essential Virtual Cockpit instrumentation is complemented by a slightly driver-facing touchscreen based on the group’s new interface. Added to this is the latest generation of the group’s head-up display device that projects navigation information on the windshield in augmented reality. Revolution or useless gadget? As during our test of the Volkswagen ID.3, we were not surprised. Especially since for this to work, it will be essential to use the vehicle’s navigation system. It is clear that you do not win, since applications such as Waze or Google Maps prove to be much more practical on a day-to-day basis.

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As for ergonomics, there are no changes compared to the SUV version. Thus we find the different driving modes, but also and above all the paddles on the steering wheel to adjust the intensity of the engine brake at various levels. An always appreciable device for those who wish to optimize their consumption.

same mechanics

Based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, the Q4 Sportback e-tron unsurprisingly inherits the same settings as its big brother. While the 35 and 40 versions are single-wheel drive, the 45 and 50 versions benefit from all-wheel drive. The entry-level Q4 Sportback e-tron 35 is the only one to integrate the small 52 kWh battery. The other three versions inherit the 77 kWh battery as standard, the largest available on the MEB platform.

Version power / torque Battery / autonomy
Q4 Sportback e-tron 35 125 kW – 170 hp / 310 Nm 52 kWh / 343km
Q4 Sportback e-tron 40 150 kW – 204 hp / 310 Nm 77 kWh / 517km
Q4 Sportback e-tron 45 195 kW – 265 hp / 460 Nm 77 kWh / 486km
Q4 Sportback e-tron 50 220 kW – 299 hp / 460 Nm 77 kWh / 480km

At the wheel

For this handling of Audi’s electric SUV Coupé, we take the wheel of version 40. In the top-of-the-range S Line finish, it is mounted on 20-inch wheels. Combining a 150 kW motor with an 82 kWh battery (77 kWh useful), it has the longest range in the range with more than 500 kilometers announced in the WLTP cycle. In reality, everything will depend on the type of route that is made. With almost two tons on the scale, the Q4 Sportback e-tron is obviously not the most efficient of electric cars. On essentially suburban driving at speeds rarely exceeding 100km/h, we finished our test with an average of around 18kWh/100km. Enough to have a real autonomy of just over 400 kilometers.

On the road you will need to rely more on 22 – 25 KWh/100 km of average consumption, or 300 to 350 km of real autonomy. A figure far removed from the WLTP cycle but still sufficient to consider long trips. Amounting to 135 kW in direct current, the power in fast charge allows to recover 80% of the autonomy in approximately 30 minutes. It’s okay, but a bit disappointing for a premium vehicle.

Route Consumption Estimated Range
peri-urban 18kWh/100km 420km
Freeway 22 – 25kWh/100km 300 – 350km

Mounted on a sports chassis, our S-Line finish shows correct comfort despite the noise of some furniture. When it comes to acceleration, you won’t be glued to the seat. Once again, the SUV of the hoops is handicapped by its weight. With a 0 to 100 km/h announced in 8.5 seconds and a maximum speed limited to 160 km/h, there is nothing transcendent in this Q4 Sportback e-tron. Less powerful but lighter, an electric Peugeot 208 does better, reaching 0-100 km/h in 8.3 seconds. If you want to focus on the feel, you’d be better off moving to one of the two all-wheel drive versions, but this will come at the cost of efficiency and a little extra budget.

A base price of more than €60,000

Using the same range construction as the SUV version, the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron requires an additional investment of €2,000. Sold for €60,700 in its basic version, our test model “40” goes up to €78,755 in its S-Line finish. A sacred sum that widens the gap with the Tesla Model Y Long Range. With an almost equivalent range, the American SUV shows much better performance for a base price of €62,990.

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In the basic version 35 with the small 52 kWh battery, the price of the Audi electric Coupé drops to €46,750 before applying the bonus. However, you will have to deal with a much more limited autonomy…

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 40: test results

  • Audi design DNA preserved
  • driving comfort
  • Decent battery for long trips

  • Disappointing acceleration
  • Power in fast charge too limited
  • substantial budget

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