The 2022 Audi Q4 E-Tron Quattro is a luxury electric SUV that aims to compete with the likes of Tesla’s Model Y. Built on the MEB architecture that also underpins the Volkswagen ID4, the Q4 offers a unique blend of performance, luxury, and practicality.

Performance and Powertrain

Equipped with a 77.0 kWh battery, the Q4 has a rear motor on base models and a dual motor powertrain on the Prestige trim. Delivering similar performance to the ID4, the Q4 boasts a 5.6-second 0-60-mph time and a 14.2-second quarter-mile time. However, its acceleration is smooth and uninterrupted, but not as thrilling as other dual-motor compact electric crossovers.

Handling and Ride Quality

With a 49/51 percent front/rear weight distribution, the Q4’s handling is intuitive and responsive. However, its suspension setup seems oversprung and underdamped, leading to a firm, busy ride that subjects occupants to plenty of horizontal motions. The steering is equipped with a progressive-ratio rack meant to enhance maneuverability at low speeds and reduce effort at higher speeds, but the on-center numb spot and unsettled ride make highway driving an exercise in small course corrections.

Interior and Infotainment

While the Q4’s cabin is what you’d expect from Audi, with a responsive and well laid out infotainment system, high-quality materials, and excellent fit and finish, some cheap plastic bits detract from the overall luxurious experience. The Q4’s starting price of $49,995 means it will be the model Audi will lean on to help achieve its goal of 30 percent U.S. sales from purely electric-powered vehicles by 2026.

Range and Charging

Audi claims 265 miles of range for the single-motor RWD option and 236-242 miles for AWD Q4s. Charge speed tops out at 150 kW, which is not as impressive as the Model Y’s charging capabilities. Despite its shortcomings in charging and range performance, the Q4 offers superior front and rear shoulder room, more interior storage solutions, and a larger cargo space than the Model Y.