Driving report Audi Q4 e-tron
More chic than a VW ID4 – but better than Tesla? Audi’s new electric SUV in the test
Audi Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback
Site author Wolfgang Gomoll
With the Audi Q4 E-Tron 50 Sportback Quattro, the Ingolstadt car manufacturer is leading the power attack of the VW Group. The top model left a good impression on a first test drive.
The secrets of the modular e-drive construction kit (MEB), on which a whole fleet of electromobiles of the VW group is based, are almost all ventilated. One thing remains: what can the preliminary top version with 220 kW / 299 hp, a torque of 460 Newton meters and all-wheel drive? Finally the VW ID come.4 as GTX and the Skoda IV RS as power variants of the respective model series. However, the spearhead of this power offensive is reserved for Audi, which with the Q4 e-tron 50 Quattro will show what is in the group technology from June.
Audi Q4: 300 hp with electric all-wheel wheel
In view of these performance data, fans of the US electric SUVs called Ford Mach-E or Tesla Model Y. But the first test drive with the Ingolstadt e-crossover shows that one is one of the alpha animals on German country roads and highways with a sprint time of 6.2 seconds. Although the Volvo mode, i.e. the limitation of the top speed at 180 km/h, the power idea somewhat contractor. After all, the Jaguar I-Pace EV400 S AWD is faster by 20 km/h. But then probably the group boundaries and possibly the limits of the MEB to the Audi engineers the soup.
Audi Audi Q4 e-tron
Finally, the Jaguar comes with a 90 kilowatt hour battery, while the Audi energy stores bring it to 82 kWh (76.6 kWh net). This is supposed to go far from the Audi Q4 E-Tron 50 Quattro up to 497 kilometers (WLTP). During our test drive we would have had to look for a charging station after 347.7 kilometers and the average consumption including motorway stages with a short -term top speed settled at 21.7 kWh/100 km, that is only 0.8 kWh/100 km more than Audi indicates.
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Limited charging power to 125 kW
The fact that the maximum direct current charging capacity is only 125 kW does not match the high-tech claim of the Audi. There should be an update in the course of the year. Others can already do more. According to Audi, the battery should be filled from 5 to 80 percent in 38 minutes at the fastest loading pace in 38 minutes. If you hang the Q4 e-tron 50 Sportback Quattro on a 11 kW wall box, 7.5 hours to fill the empty batteries completely.
Audi Audi Q4 e-tron
The Audi Q4 e-tron 50 Quattro is fired by two electric motors: At the back it is a permanent-rainy synchronous machine (PSM) with 150 kW / 204 hp) and 310 Newton meters of torque and an asynchronous machine (ASM) at the front (109 hp ) and 162 Newton meters. The advantage of this "mixing construction" is that the ASM can run along without towing losses and participates in the propulsion at lightning speed. The electrical version of a slope-on all-wheel drive, so to speak,.
Weight of 2.1 tons is a disadvantage
This drive architecture proves in conjunction with the mixed tires (255 in the rear and 235 in front) as a joy donor and when it comes to driving fun, the Audi mixes in its segment at the top. For the 4.59 meter long Audi with a turning circle of only 10.2 meters, curves are a natural environment. Only when it comes with a lot of Karacho about narrow corners, the weight of 2140 kilograms is noticeable and the Q4 e-tron gently pushes outwards. The precisely acting progressive steering contributes to this agility, but is not as communicative as we wish.
Audi Audi Q4 e-tron
The chassis with the adaptive dampers, on the other hand, can easily cope with the mass of the E-SUV and is not exaggerated even in the dynamic driving program. Interestingly, level two out of three recuperation strengths is activated in this mode. "We think that a sporty driver likes to act with his rockers on the steering wheel," explains the technical project manager Michael Kaufmann. However, it is not switched here, but the strength of energy recovery is changed. If you want to save yourself, simply use the automatic B function, which is synonymous with level three. Otherwise, the well -known driving modes Comfort and car offer the usual function. The Efficiency program is interesting, in which the top speed is limited to 130 km/h (can be overruled by accelerator pedal)). In this driving program, the interaction between navigation, the sensors and the drive train designed for the greatest possible efficiency and that means sailing instead of recuperation for the Audi engineers. If the system recognizes the beginning of a city, for example, the brake interventions are not quite as brutal, but more subtle and longer.
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XXL screens and virtual instruments
The interaction of the systems works like a single source and is one of the great strength of the Audi Q4 e-tron. The infotainment processor is the same as it is used in the large SUV brother Audi E-Tron. The operation also runs in the Q4 e-tron accordingly smoothly. The head-up display projects a 70 inch monitor in the virtual size, but the contrast is too low when the flying navigation arrow is too low. "This is a problem, we are working on it," admits Kaufmann. In the interior, the Audi driver can quickly find your way around with the virtual instruments with the 10.1-inch touchscreen (later 11.6 inches) and the 10.25 inch cockpit. The interior of the Q4 e-tron is similar to that of the models with combustion engine. This should make it easier for drivers to switch to electromobility. The materials also feel after Audi and the flap of the glove compartment more valuable than the Skoda Enyaq. Everyone has to decide whether this justifies the surcharge of a few thousand euros.
Audi Audi Q4 e-tron
The Audi E-SUV is completely electromobile again. Even in the rear, despite the coupe roof around the head, there is no close. The trunk is also large enough for sportsback with 535 liters, if you put on the back seat backrest, a flat loading area is created and the volume grows to 1460 liters. Remains the price of the Audi Q4 e-tron 50 Quattro. If you want to get this top model, you place at least 54.500 euros on the table. However, you should consider whether you have the chic 21 inch tires mounted, because the producing significant louder rolling noises than the 20 inch pneus. If you can do without all-wheel drive and horsepower, you should take a closer look. It costs as Sportback 49.500 euros and with 534 kilometers is the range of the range of the series.Surf tip: Tesla-Undersinn in Texas: Elon Musk lets cars run to sell them back to Texans
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