Audi Q4 50 e-tron quattro / Family tram that can work

The novelty from Audi is in our tests the third concern electric car built on the MEB platform, designed for electric cars. The Škoda ENYAQ and Volkswagen ID.4 tested so far have only been rear-wheel drive. However, the Audi Q4 e-tron comes in the highest performance version, called the Q4 50, with all-wheel drive quattro.

The tested model is equipped with a battery with a total capacity of 82 kWh, of which 76.6 kWh is used. The drive is provided by a pair of electric motors, synchronous with 135 kW on the rear axle and asynchronous with 80 kW on the front. The total maximum power of the system is 220 kW and torque 460 Nm. The power of the rear engine is therefore the same as in the Q4 40 version, which uses only the rear-wheel drive. It should be added that this configuration already provides enough power for a brisk, dynamic ride. In conjunction with the front engine, the Q4 50 then gets you from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.2 seconds. However, the drive system can be relatively efficient when driving more moderately, so you can easily reach a range of more than 450 km. The rear engine is used the most during normal driving. The front is added only when better traction or rapid acceleration is needed. When driving in lighter terrain, it will serve to overcome obstacles more easily. The vehicle is definitely not designed for demanding terrain, but it does not disappoint when going occasionally to the cottage or skiing.

The Audi Q4 50 e-tron quattro is equipped with an internal three-phase AC charger with an output of 11 kW and DC charging with an output of 125 kW. According to the manufacturer, DC charging power should be increased to 170 kW through one of the following updates. The vehicle has a quality temperature management for the battery and other components of the electric drive, which ensures high charging power in summer and winter conditions. The tested vehicle has a wide range of equipment, although due to Audi’s pricing policy it may be a bit illogical. So we will find excellent adaptive cruise control, although without intelligent speed control, lane departure monitoring system, but not active lane keeping, augmented reality head-up display, tracking of blind spots and cruising traffic behind the vehicle when reversing, rear view camera at the rear and sensors at the front and rear, but not a 360 ° reversing camera. Mechanically adjustable seats also have a relatively special effect on the price of the vehicle. Of course, Audi offers all the missing systems mentioned, but you have to pay extra for them. The augmented reality head-up display, like Enyaq or ID.4, uses two projection systems. The first takes care of displaying basic data, such as speed, navigation, reading traffic signs or the work of assistants, at the bottom of the display area on the windscreen. The second is responsible for displaying additional navigation data and assistance systems that are virtually projected on the road ahead. For example, the position of the cars in front of you, the warning signals when crossing the guide line or approaching the vehicle in front of you, as well as the animated navigation symbols in front of the change points are displayed. The system is equipped with optical image stabilization to ensure accurate placement of symbols. Tracking traffic while reversing is a very useful assistant. If a vehicle or cyclist is approaching from one side, the system will alert you with an audible signal and display an alert on the display with arrows indicating which side the obstacle is approaching. If you do not respond, the vehicle will brake automatically.

Looking into the cab, it is clear that Audi has opted for the classic dashboard layout, which can be found in other models of the manufacturer. The instrument panel consists of a virtual cockpit with a relatively wide range of display options. The central display is embedded in the middle of the dashboard and is fully touch. However, I appreciate that the manufacturer has left several control options, including air conditioning on the mechanical buttons. Under the floating center panel with a small lever for controlling the driving modes, there is a compartment for a pair of mobile phones, one of which can be charged wirelessly. You will also find a pair of USB-C ports and a 12 V socket. There is quite a lot of storage space, in the middle there are holders for two cups, a large space in the armrest, but I was most interested in very practical bottle holders in all doors, which are located in the front top of the door, so everyone has a bottle at hand. In addition, the usual storage spaces in the lower part of the door remained. The cabin offers plenty of space for both front and rear passengers. The heat pump is used for heating and air conditioning, the air conditioning is three-zone, so even rear passengers can set their temperature. Audi also differs from its group colleagues in its lighting technology. In the optional equipment, we had the opportunity to test matrix LED headlights with daylight with the possibility of personalization, which you can switch between 4 patterns. The rear lights are also complete with LED technology, are connected by a light strip through the rear door and the turn signals are animated. The lights perform very well and are well driven at night.

Recuperation control is excellently solved. By default, recuperation is automatic, the system automatically engages higher recuperation when driving downhill, when approaching an intersection, a sharp turn or in front of the village to slow down the vehicle. You can manually control the recuperation in 4 levels using paddles under the steering wheel, after adding throttle, the system switches back to automatic. In addition, when driving through winding districts, you can engage mode B, which sets a permanent, relatively powerful recuperation, so you can use single-pedal speed control only with the accelerator pedal. In most cases, only the rear engine takes care of the recuperation, the front engine is added during more intensive braking, if this is not enough, the mechanical brakes apply. Thanks to this, the Q4 e-tron, like the ENYAQ and ID.4, has rear drum brakes.

The tested equipment also includes an active chassis, which changes its characteristics according to the set driving mode. There are five to choose from, including automatic and individual settings. Driving characteristics are very good and will suit both dynamic driving in districts and family trips. Thanks to the low center of gravity, the cornering is safe, without excessive tilting. During the test, we achieved a total combined consumption of 19.1 kWh / 100 km per 1000 km. We drove in different conditions with air conditioning and heating, about 35% of the rides were on the highway. During an economical drive through the districts, consumption reached 16 kWh / 100 km. The highway drive will require 24 – 26 kWh / 100 km.

Specifications:

Battery capacity 82 kWh (usable 76.6 kWh), quattro drive (4 × 4), motor power 150 + 80 kW, total 220 kW, 460 Nm, DC charging max. 125 kW, AC 11 kW 3f, CCS socket, acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h 6.2 s, max. speed 180 km / h, range WLTP 443 – 488 km

FACTS, MINUSES:

+ Charging options, driving characteristics, range, processing, storage space, LED lighting quality
– Impression from the cabin spoils forever dusty and caught shiny elements, heat pump for extra charge

Model price (with VAT): 58 000 EUR, tested vehicle: 77 000 EUR

TESTS:

• Consumption in the test (kWh / 100 km): 16 – 21.0
• Range in the test (km): 370 – 435
• AC charging power at 11 kW 3f charger (kW): 11
• AC charging power on 22 kW 3f charger (kW): 11
• Max. DC charging power, charger 50 kW (kW): 50
• Charging time 10-80% (min): 69
• Max. DC charging power UFC charger 350 kW (kW): 126
• Charging time 10-80% (min): 34

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Source: Nextech by www.nextech.sk.

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