Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 review - see why it's the best electric SUV!
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This is the all-new Audi Q4 e-tron! It’s an all-new, all-electric SUV meant to compete with the likes of the Volkswagen ID.4 & Skoda Enyaq, and Mat’s here to see if it has what it takes to become an EV SUV class-leader!

When it comes to the style stakes, there’s no denying that this new Q4 can compete with the best of them. It’s available in this guise or as a Sportback, and the exterior comes covered in cool creases and well designed bumpers. It’s also super stylish on the inside too.

As for performance, there are three options to get your hands on - the 30, 40 or 50. We’ve got our hands on the S-Line 40 for this review, but the range topper is the 50, which comes equipped with dual motors and the ability to produce 300hp. It’s also packing an 82kWh battery pack, which is good for a claimed range of 298 miles.

There’s one issue though (for us UK viewers, at least)… The price starts at just over £40,000, which means those of us in the UK miss out on the Government’s UK EV grant - a saving of £2,500! With that in mind, should you choose the Q4 e-tron, or go for something cheaper instead? It’s time to find out!

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  • carwow

    What do you think - is this the best electric car you can buy for under £50,000? Let us know BELOW!

    • Jon andre Brandt
      Jon andre Brandt

      Its either the model 3 or the Ioniq 5. That Audi Q4 felt 10 years old after trying the Ioniq 5 (I testet them back-to-back)

    • Dragos Pahontu
      Dragos Pahontu

      @L Perez I'd stick to a Lexus man. Those cars are so much better built. These German cars use recycled plastic.

    • L Perez
      L Perez

      @Dragos Pahontu Hummer sounds better 😉

    • Dragos Pahontu
      Dragos Pahontu

      @L Perez yeeee. Lexus for life

    • L Perez
      L Perez

      Audi and Electric 😆

  • Max Geijteman
    Max Geijteman

    When are you reviewing the Kia EV6? Excited to hear your opinion on it!

  • acchaladka

    Mat, I'm looking for the best performance family hauler which is NOT an SUV. I suppose I have no option yet for a performance estate? Tesla Y is the winner for space inside from the CUV / SUV e-possibilities I suppose? That's cool about the Q-e-4 changing lighting designs.

  • CPpp

    Fusebox is just crazy. Try checking out a Tesla. They are so much more advanced on so many levels. At the moment. The big grill in the front is so that their next version will be a real EV attempt. This is just foolish. Wait with buying an EV from VW group until they are more serious with their EV’s. They will make great EV’s later when they do not depend on ICE cars profits. Charging speed 😂

  • Donny Leong
    Donny Leong

    Hmm, no grown man should be in jean shorts and white trainers in the rain.

  • puntuated

    Blob 1 vs Blob 2!

  • Brian Foote
    Brian Foote

    I think it looks more like a Q8 than a Q3. I love it

  • LuluDemon

    6:28 WTF is that on a $50k+ car?

  • Artur Carvalho
    Artur Carvalho

    Dark and boring

  • Teslapower

    great panel gaps!

  • Izzu2Din

    "40" *forty thousand pounds* 😂

  • bidzej86

    My God, a ton of money for drum brakes in the rear, tons of piano black plastic inside and manual seat adjustment. Yuck.

  • Dunnlrs

    I think the XC40 or Volvo C40 are a good bet too.

  • Torque of the Devil
    Torque of the Devil

    No electric seats, seriously?

  • Claus Salt
    Claus Salt

    Pre watch note : so if you see this as edited, it will be because the range is better than I am guessing??

  • tandm86

    Grill looks good.

  • Martin Turner
    Martin Turner

    Not sure about the shape of these new steering “wheels”, which since it’s conception, a wheel is round. So from now on they’ll be known as the steering control device.

  • honeytgb

    6:48 Hmm I am not quite sure what you're doing there, mate!

  • ozki_torres

    So it’s a VW ID 4, but we have to pay for backup camera? 🤦‍♂️

  • Adde A
    Adde A

    Why doesn't it stop completely when u take the foot of the padel?

  • Ratboy 06 04 08
    Ratboy 06 04 08


  • Ron Gabriel
    Ron Gabriel

    Sonos speakers is a plus

  • Kieran Denieffe
    Kieran Denieffe

    £50k for a car with drum brakes and no reversing cameras, no thanks!

  • Psv48p H
    Psv48p H

    Nice looking car 👍🇬🇧👋

  • Goutham

    15:05 never seen a rhino fking XD

  • FrederickGFX

    What’s with the manual seats and steering column 🙄

    • Klaas Deforche
      Klaas Deforche

      Doesn't really matter if you are the only one driving the car, right? You set it once and never change it...

  • Goutham


  • Pacific Islander
    Pacific Islander

    Its PR BS for the drum brakes and audi just want to save 🤑

  • Владимир Скачков
    Владимир Скачков

    1) This fake grill looks like a fake horse in front of a car in 1910s. 2) The car looks like a five seater minivan. Like C4 Picasso. But if they just call it a minivan no one would buy it. 3) Froot is one of the best things about EVs. How could so many manufacturers just not put it in there?

  • Didier Gras
    Didier Gras

    FYI, IONIQ 5 vs TESLA MODEL Y... : Tesla great job, max speed, range especially leveraging its shape and weight. Still prefer, being in Europe, comfort. 99% of my trips are within 200kms one way. With the Hyundai IONIQ 5, I do look forward to ventilated seats, Android Auto, the roomy and comfortable interior, and HUD. Also like reclining seats with foot rest and reclining console for arms rest, all electronic aids especially against collisions, automated parking (Executive version), blind spot cams on dashboard when turning, V2L, sun shades integrated in back doors, electric sunroof shade, wide space available inside with good visibility through the back window etc. Also 5 year car warranty illimited kms (Max 80 000 for Tesla... Reliability issues?), and 8 year battery warranty (same as Tesla). Comment by Park Shawn translating from Korean to English this video : Ionic 5 LR and Model Y LR both have similar spec including weight, battery sizes. Details can be found on google. Here are some highlights from the conclusion they brought up at the end of the video. 1. Both car's AVG speed were about 100KM/h (Highway drive) 2. Both car's A/C and other convenience functions(like Highway drive assistance for Ionic 5, Auto Pilot for Model Y and etc.) were always on during the test. 3. 4 drivers drove about 100km per person and checked the remaining battery at designated location. 4. Both car have shown slightly poor battery performance than usual because of the weather condition (rain) 5. By just looking at the specification, Model Y can drive 141km more than Ionic 5. However the actual drive test have shown that the difference were only about 60~70km. This experiment have shown that IONIC 5's driving range is little longer than what Hyundai advertised. 6. They have concluded that both Ionic 5 and Model Y can drive from Seoul to Busan. The distance between those two cities are about 350km. Hope this helps.

  • Bruno Eisterer
    Bruno Eisterer

    I Like the Design of the ID 4 more

  • B Muns
    B Muns

    Not having a FRUNK will turn millions of potential customers off to VW branded electric SUVs. I would rather get an electric Ford truck. They have a huge frunk. Very poor thought out engineering that will cost VW millions if not billions of lost dollars.

  • Tuppoo94

    6:56 6:48 LOL

  • Artem

    a manual seat? in an audi? are you kidding me??????

  • Damiano

    I’d get someone else to front your Commercials…

  • Steve hunter
    Steve hunter

    I wish Vw/Audi would stop changing interior designs. They had great interiors for years, now it’s getting ridiculous. All these touch controls don’t work in countries where we wear gloves half the year. They have winter in Germany…. Maybe the engineers aren’t skiers?

  • Fancy gamer
    Fancy gamer

    6:42 every dirty mind person. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Paweł Fiett
    Paweł Fiett

    It's like Teslas interior design is just sooo much better and cleaner, why have all those buttons, switches etc.

  • Oystein Tveteras
    Oystein Tveteras

    I don't get how only Tesla makes proper frunks. It is one of my favourite features. I miss the drive and luxury of European cars but the storage space, autopilot and charging network keeps me with Tesla so far.

  • jancula9

    Nope. id.4 looks better. No fake grille, no fake vents, more elegant back.

  • Ian Burnett
    Ian Burnett

    Enyaq or 4 would be my choice.

  • Dryzzer

    why I've never seen the "pop up links" wtf

  • Sean Cotter
    Sean Cotter

    Disappointed. Sport back looks better. I won’t be in a rush to change my Q3 sport back for this. Interior is drab. I’ve noticed that Audi interior quality isn’t what it used to be. I had a previous generation A3 and an A5 before moving to a q3 last year and the A3 and A5 had a much more solid interior.

  • don storm
    don storm

    Nice, but this car is not for wage earners. I'll take the MG5 EV thank you very much.

  • Keith Richard
    Keith Richard

    Can we talk about how the drivers seat isn't powered? That's a bummer for a luxury electric vehicle.

  • Simon Wainwright
    Simon Wainwright

    Did you try out the Sonos sound system? That model looked to have branded speakers.

  • The Scally Trader
    The Scally Trader

    Why he is not on Top Gear I will never know - BBC - Sacked.

  • The Scally Trader
    The Scally Trader

    Depreciation much?

  • Andrew S
    Andrew S

    You really are sounding dumb. You keep talking about things that don’t matter in the grand scheme of things!

  • Steve Henderson
    Steve Henderson

    All EV reviews should include looking for and using a charging station IMHO.

  • Ronnie Christie
    Ronnie Christie

    Very Well Done. Ronnie from Toronto 🇨🇦 always Love your Reviews 🍀👍😋🙏

  • Luke Noschese
    Luke Noschese

    Wait it’s an 80k car and the seats aren’t even electric? You have to Jack it up like a Chevy cavalier seat?

  • andrew72329

    Too expensive and slow

  • Ben Hicks
    Ben Hicks

    any EV in the same price range as a Tesla, you buy a Tesla

  • Andreas Hagendorf
    Andreas Hagendorf

    Compared to an Enyaq, the interior quality is quite far away from nice.

  • D K
    D K

    Matt they not lying the back brake get rusty even in my style driving when I speed and brake all the thiem but this is just not acceptable in car foe 40k ,audi getting worse and I own audi and I am audi cars fan .

  • Joe Swanson
    Joe Swanson

    No sunroof?

  • archechme

    The drums are PR bull. Every large car should have full discs all around. If a Hyundai i10 can have full discs, a £40k Audi SUV also can.

  • OneEyedUncle -
    OneEyedUncle -

    Ill definitely consider it.

  • Paul Reddish
    Paul Reddish

    £50 grand car and not even electric seats?

  • Oliver Stemp
    Oliver Stemp

    Carwow Reviewing an Audi at a Nissan launch 😅

  • Jamie Musclip
    Jamie Musclip

    Pretty sure these are enough likes for the dance!!

  • CNC Scotland
    CNC Scotland

    Would much rather have drum brakes on an electric. They are the correct choice. Less maintenance

  • wreckage 3001
    wreckage 3001

    Strange days in car design. This Audi looks more than a Hyundai than the Ioniq 5 which could be from Audi.

  • ari gold
    ari gold

    Matt: I cannot fit big bottles in glove compartment. Annoying... Audi:

  • Ziad Daya
    Ziad Daya

    In regards to overall size and cargo space, is this Q4 more similar to a Q5 or Q3? Thanks

  • Larisa Olivero
    Larisa Olivero

    Its a plastic model. Both Mach-e ang EQA are much better and luxurious

  • Jens Wiebe
    Jens Wiebe

    The "fake" vents in the front gives 2 kilometers extra range. The carved side mirrors do the same..

  • Matjaž Majes
    Matjaž Majes

    What do you like most. Sportnack or the regular one?

  • I_am_ GeeCee
    I_am_ GeeCee

    The sound of those brakes put me off. Da hell is that? It’s supposed to be a new high end modern tech and expensive vehicle and it makes that sound each time you break?

  • Ricardo Rocha
    Ricardo Rocha

    Audi are right in regards to brakes not being used and rusting.... In the UK that's is definitely observable, look at most electrical or plug in brakes or others which get little use. The salt/grit we use here is like acid

  • branislav 1975
    branislav 1975


  • Hamed Muhialdin
    Hamed Muhialdin

    Tell me you're in the UK without telling me you're in the UK. *Pours rain in the middle of a car review*

  • Jim Bob
    Jim Bob


  • Walay-Fitness

    It’s an ugly car, end of!

  • Titan Y
    Titan Y

    Drum breaks in a 50k car?😀

  • Jon Havermout
    Jon Havermout

    Cameraman Lewis is right, it's such an ugly interior. I've recently test-driven a Q4 and felt like a step back in time. The dashboard really comes towards you, the gear panel is ugly, there are way too many sharp curves in the dashboard and it has an ugly user interface. Pity, because the car is spacious and looks quite nice from the outside.

  • Ahmed Elhusseiny
    Ahmed Elhusseiny

    I’m not from the UK so maybe you can enlighten me, but is this what a “chav” is?

  • Peter Cavellini
    Peter Cavellini

    And the trouble with touch sensitive is…..?🤥

  • Peter Cavellini
    Peter Cavellini

    Well, you did ask, it looks like all the other EV’s, same basic shape, simular performance,different prices,and most aren’t available to many families because they’re too expensive!, now, I know the Cars perform really well, range anxiety is on the wain,and at the moment cheaper to run,but, once Ev’s become more prevalent than ICE Cars, the Government will have to place all that lost Road Tax, so, guess who will be in the firing line?

  • Duksh Koonjoobeeharry
    Duksh Koonjoobeeharry

    You've convinced me to not take the Q4, for the high-end version when you consider so many lacks of details...I'll stick with my Q3

  • Rick Glover
    Rick Glover

    Sorry SUV's do nothing for me.

  • John MacIver
    John MacIver

    Did Audi have any comments about the breaks and the noise from them?

  • Lee Watts
    Lee Watts

    Any man worth his salt won't touch an electric car

  • Hanna Sianko
    Hanna Sianko

    Try Ioniq 5!!! Another dimension!

  • LazaDemon

    Man Audi E-Tron's are super beautiful and a planet saver in the long run

  • vittorio calza'
    vittorio calza'

    Aiutooo 10 sec. O-100 . Polmone

  • Buster Ruff
    Buster Ruff

    Far to expensive,they need to reduce the price if they want us all to go electric,

  • Levy Roth
    Levy Roth

    Will it be overpriced? 100%

  • dilmin gooneratne
    dilmin gooneratne

    I hate ev cars and Suvs. I want burn a ev alive

  • François Badoux
    François Badoux

    Probably yes, in its category... and obviously well behind every Tesla model... but that goes without saying! I have tested it, and it does not even closely compare to my TM3LR



  • Leon Garcia
    Leon Garcia

    I have had a Audi they are disposable cars , everything disintegrates one at a time right before your face , Volkswagen is killing Audi .

  • Jos Timanta Tarigan
    Jos Timanta Tarigan

    I wonder if this car comes with a sticker "I'm not masturbating, I'm repositioning my seat"

  • ensshok

    oh wow i'm glad you reviewed this --- they obviously skimped on the quality with the Q4 etron. big pass for me.

  • Scott Birnie
    Scott Birnie


  • tomaž Ocepek
    tomaž Ocepek

    14:15 when he says on a hot summer day you want to blast yourself with cold air in the face is guaranteed way to damage your face nerves . I can speak from personal experience beacase it’s happened to me and I was hospitalised beacase of it (half of my face was paralysed) just saying so you won’t blame the presenter beacase he probably forgot to warn you about it or he didn’t know . Great rewiev as always,keep the good work

  • James Rad
    James Rad

    There's something about watching Matt "pumping away" on the seat xD


    Soon as I hear Mat's intro say 'car-wow' I know its time to fast forward thru 2+ minutes of car-wow-waffle! (And that steering wheel is not cool --- reminiscent of 1960s Chryslers and 1970s Allegros!)


    Carwow,wow what a car!