What is the AAA Car Guide?
2022 Audi Q4 50 e-tron quattro
PRICE AS TESTED
IIHS / NHTSA
The Q4 e-tron EV, new for 2022, shares a platform and some mechanicals with VW’s ID.4. It comes in single-motor (rear-wheel drive) and dual-motor (all-wheel drive) configurations. A compact, entry-level luxury SUV, the Q4 is a handsome vehicle, available in SUV and sloped-roof (“Sportback”) designs. Our Q4 tester had the dual-motor setup, which provides plenty of power and low-end responsiveness. The drivetrain has a strong fuel-efficiency rating (95 MPGe), too, although at 241 miles, the range is unexceptional. The Q4 delivers a comfortable ride, albeit on the firm side.
Overall, the Q4’s cabin has Audi’s typical high-quality fit and finish – except for some black plastic trim – but the design is a bit bland. There’s plenty of room inside for all passengers, plus decent cargo space. The back window is small, though, and rear visibility is poor. Then there’s the value question – paying extra for what you’d expect to be standard. For example, a decent number of convenience and advanced safety features come standard, including advanced LED headlights. But others – adaptive cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a power front-passenger seat, among others – require the purchase of a $6,300 package.
In sum, the Q4 e-tron has numerous qualities to recommend it but comes up short in a few key areas.
Strengths and Weaknesses
- Powerful EV drivetrain
- Comfortable (though firm) ride quality
- Strong suite of ADAS features
- Good interior space for passengers and cargo
AAA’s Recommendation: Whether you own an electric vehicle or a gas-powered car is up to you – and you should consider lots of factors in making that choice. No matter what type of vehicle you’re choosing, we recommend visiting a dealership, test driving one, and asking as many questions as possible to make an informed decision.