The mid-range Q4 E-tron’s 77kWh battery capacity compares favourably with what’s on offer in the longest-range versions of the Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2 and Mercedes-Benz EQA. That fact, combined with creditable on-test running efficiency and good rapid-charging provision, should put the Audi in a strong position for those primarily concerned with the practical limitations of EV ownership.

Our test car returned 3.0mpkWh at a steady 70mph motorway cruise, suggesting owners will be able to routinely put at least 220 miles between charges over longer distances. Its efficiency increased to 3.9mpkWh at 50mph, at which speed it would become nearly a 300-mile proposition. Among its nearest rivals, only the longest-range Tesla Model 3 and Ford Mustang Mach-E do better for operating range, although even the latter can’t match the Q4’s peak rapid charging capacity of 125kW.

EVs tend to hold their value fairly well. The Q4 is on a par with the smaller Mercedes EQA - and better than the VW ID 4

The Q4 E-tron’s starting price just above £40,000 is for a car with only just over 50kWh of battery capacity, of course, and that will only charge at a peak 100kW. A mid-range Q4 E-tron with a decent optional equipment level is likely to run very close to £50,000. Objectively, that does seem a lot for a car that, in some areas, struggles to distinguish itself as a premium product, and it won’t make comparisons with like-for-like versions of the VW ID 4 and Skoda Enyaq iV any more comfortable for Audi.

What Car? New car buyer marketplace - Audi Q4 E-tron