Why we’re running it: Can Audi, through this new electric family crossover, retain its premium appeal in the EV age?
Life with an Audi Q4 E-tron Sportback: Month 5
Has greater familiarity changed any of our feelings about this electric SUV? - 6 April 2022
This is now as many miles as I’ve put on a car since before you-know-what, as commuting has returned and there’s more opportunity to get on the road for work.
Those 8000-plus miles have come across two very closely related Audi Q4 E-trons, differentiated only really by the slope of the roofline, and with such use comes great familiarity and the chance to really get to know a car’s finer details, joys and quirks.
I’ve been very impressed with the amount of storage in the Q4. After all, Audi owners carry stuff and have families as much as, say, Skoda owners, so why shouldn’t Ingolstadt’s engineers cater to them? Examples include the very handy water bottle holders halfway up the inside of the front doors and a sizable storage bin below the central armrest, along with a big, deep boot with an adjustable floor, and further storage comes from two surprisingly deep areas tucked behind the wheel arches.
The slickness of the graphics on the two screens has been excellent, too. The user interface is very clear, and the infotainment display is one of the more acceptable faces of the touchscreen breed, due to its simple layout and big tiles that don’t require multiple finger stabs or anything too intricate to operate. Plus, physical buttons have been retained for the climate control, which is always a plus.
The Q4 has great seats, too. They’re really comfortable; I’ve done quite a lot of 150- to 200-mile journeys and have yet to experience any discomfort or the need to fidget around. I like the fabric on them, too; there’s no leather to be found here, which is more than okay with me, as I can never quite get used to the chill of sitting on a leather seat on a cold winter’s day before it has warmed up. That’s something a Q4 owner needn’t succumb to, though, as, leather or no leather, you can pre-condition the cabin to be toasty warm for your departure. Unlike in electric cars that I’ve driven previously, the Q4 needn’t be plugged into a charger to be able to do this, which is an even bigger boon.