2023 Audi Q4 Australia Accessories Violet
2023 Audi Q4 Australia Accessories Violet

2023 Audi Q4, E-tron 40 Premium Full Review New

Until recently, 2023 Audi Q4 electric vehicle subbrand consisted solely of the sporty e-tron GT sedan and the pricey and luxurious e-tron SUV. The 2023 Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback, now in their second model year, democratize the German automaker’s electric offerings with more affordable starting prices and enough Audi-ness to put it neck-and-neck with the company’s best-selling gasoline-powered Q5 crossover.

The rear-wheel-drive base models have 201 horsepower, while the all-wheel-drive, dual-motor models have 295 horsepower. Regardless of the powertrain, a 77.0 kWh battery pack gives the Q4 e-tron a maximum range per charge of 265 miles. This is sufficient to surpass the Volvo C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge models, but not sufficient to unseat the Tesla Model Y’s range superiority in this price class.

What’s Different in 2023?

In 2023, models with rear-wheel drive will be added to the Q4 e-tron lineup. These inexpensive vehicles feature a single, rear-mounted electric motor with 201 horsepower. The range of the 40s is 265 miles per charge, compared to 236 for the more powerful all-wheel-drive 50, which has a 77.0-kWh battery pack. The entry-level 40 engine is only available on the Premium and Premium Plus trim levels and is unavailable on the Sportback.

In contrast to the rest of the lineup, the Q4 e-10.1-inch tron’s infotainment display is replaced by an 11.6-inch unit. All models equipped with the more potent 50 powertrain now include the S Line appearance package, which adds unique wheels, additional exterior brightwork, and unique badging. Navigation is now standard on the Premium Plus trim, and the S Line appearance package is now standard on all models equipped with the more powerful 50 powertrain.

We’ll let you decide whether the traditional squareback or the swoopier Sportback body style is best for you, but we’d recommend the Premium Plus package for both. This trim level adds a power-operated liftgate, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, SiriusXM satellite radio, a wireless smartphone charging pad, keyless entry, and additional features. We would choose the all-wheel drive 50 powertrain because it produces 94 more horsepower than the standard configuration. You already know what to do if you value the additional range of the base propulsion system.

2023 Audi Q4 Size Colors Changes Hybrid
2023 Audi Q4 Size Colors Changes Hybrid

2023 Audi Q4 EV Motor, Performance, and Power

The rear wheels of the base Q4 e-tron 40 are powered by a single 201-hp electric motor. We have not yet driven the 2023 Audi Q4 with this setup, but in the mechanically-similar Volkswagen ID.4, we were not impressed. The Q4 e-tron 50 and Q4 e-tron Sportback 50 models with all-wheel drive are powered by an electric motor on each axle and produce 295 horsepower. The claimed zero-to-60-mph time is 6.2 seconds. This is considerably faster than the 40-yard dash estimate of 7.9 seconds, but still slower than the gasoline-powered Audi Q5 SUV.

Even though its initial thrust is subdued compared to rival SUVs like the Model Y and the XC40, the Q4 e-tron 50’s powertrain feels sufficient for city driving. However, at higher speeds, such as when passing on the highway, the engine feels more sluggish. During testing, the Q4 e-tron 50 accelerated from zero to sixty miles per hour in 5.6 seconds. The Q4 e-tron exhibits courteous road manners; the ride is comfortable and the Audi feels reasonably maneuverable due to its tight turning radius. We wouldn’t call it fun, however, because it feels heavy in corners and has artificial steering feedback.

2023 Audi Q4 Range, Battery Charging, and Lifespan

When paired with the standard single-motor 40 drivetrain, the Q4 e-77.0-kWh tron’s battery pack offers up to 265 miles per charge. The estimated range for the all-wheel drive 50 powertrain is 236 miles for the squareback model and 242 miles for the Sportback. On our 75 mph highway test route, the Q4 e-tron 50 achieved 190 miles of range. According to Audi, all models support fast charging at up to 150 kW and can be charged from 5% to 80% in just 36 minutes. This is slower than the Genesis GV60, which can reach the same level of charge in just 18 minutes. With an average DC Fast-Charge rate of 87 kW, the Q4 e-tron 50 we examined charged from 10 to 90 percent in 44 minutes.

Energy Efficiency and Real-World MPGe

The 2023 Audi Q4 50 is rated at 100 MPGe in the city and 89 MPGe on the highway, which is comparable to other luxury-brand EV crossovers. During our drive with the Q4 e-tron 50, the combined fuel economy was 93 MPGe. The government agency has not yet rated the Q4 e-tron 40, but its single-motor configuration should result in slightly greater fuel economy. Visit the EPA’s website for more information about the Q4 e-fuel tron’s economy.

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Cargo, Comfort, and Interior

The cabin of the Q4 e-tron is a technological showcase for Audi‘s latest and greatest gadgets, similar to that of other Audi models. However, it includes a few unique features, such as a squared-off steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls. Although the Q4 e-tron concept was shown with only four seats, the production model has five seats. Passenger space is comparable to that of the gasoline-powered Q5, but cargo space is smaller.

The 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system is angled toward the driver, contributing to the dashboard’s angular design and driver-centric layout. A center island – or should it be peninsula? – protrudes from the dashboard beneath the climate controls.

On this, you’ll find the start button and the shifter; it’s a simple, aesthetically pleasing design that feels more intuitive than the larger Q8 e- tron’s, with one exception. Instead of shifting into Park and having a separate button for the electronic parking brake, there is a single button that performs both functions.

There is a large storage shelf, a wireless charging pad, and two USB-C outlets at the base of the central stack.

Informational Entertainment and Connectivity

The Q4 e-tron is equipped with the most recent version of Audi‘s MMI system. A 10.3-inch digital gauge display is standard, and an 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system is angled toward the driver for easier use of its menus and functions. Audi also offers a head-up display with augmented reality that can project information such as navigation instructions or driver-assistance warnings in the driver’s line of vision.

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2023 Audi Q4 Availability Awd Allroad
2023 Audi Q4 Availability Awd Allroad

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What is the price of the Audi Q4 e-tron?

Pricing has yet to be determined for the Australian market, but in the United Kingdom, the Q4 e-tron range begins at £49,215 (A$88,934) for the 40 wagon – the base 35 no longer appears on Audi‘s configurator there – and reaches a high of £63,290 (A$111,224) for the Edition 1 50 quattro sportback.

Despite the fact that direct currency conversions are not always applicable, to give you an idea of its position in the Audi lineup, its pricing in the United Kingdom is fairly comparable to that of the larger Q5 range.

Both a 40 wagon and a 50 S line quattro Sportback were evaluated. While some coupe SUVs are rather unattractive, the Q4 e-tron is attractive regardless of body style, though the Sportback has a lower drag coefficient (or is it a curve?) than the wagon (0.26 versus 0.28).

 

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