Premium All three are based on the same platform and on paper they are very similar, but during the test we encounter clear differences. Which car is best?
The cars in this test:
• Audi Q4 e-tron 40 – electric, 204 hp, rear-wheel drive, 564 700 SEK
• Skoda Enyaq iV80 – electric, 204 hp, rear-wheel drive, 566 900 SEK
• Volkswagen ID.4 77 kWh – electric, 204 hp, rear-wheel drive, 509 900 SEK
These are the cars that the whole of Sweden has been waiting for. Many want to take the step over to the world of electric cars but never really dared. In the past, they have been too expensive, get small or both. At the same time, the range and charge have often been substandard.
They have been talked about for a long time, but now the Volkswagen Group’s trio with electric suvs built on the MEB platform is finally here. The test cars have a battery of around 77 kWh net and 204 horsepower finds its way down the hill via the rear wheels.
With a little financial help from the state, the price of cars lands at less than half a million and then you also avoid the tax on malus and save another couple of 10,000 notes compared to a pure combustion car. Low fuel costs and good resale value for rechargeable cars should provide reasonable mileage costs.
This trio also has plenty of space at the back. The WLTP range is around 50 km and the charging power of 125 kW is promising. How well does it work in reality? Of course we have the answer to that.
Join us when we find out if there is a logical explanation for the “budget brand” Skoda charging more for its electric SUV than Volkswagen and Audi themselves do. We discover differences and similarities and can say that it is not really as simple as choosing the one you think looks best. This despite the fact that they share very many components.
Which electric SUV best suits your needs? And is it the case that petrol and diesel car owners can no longer come up with any sensible excuses for not choosing an electric car?
AUDI Q4 40 E-TRON
Audi has always shared technology and components with other brands from the VAG Group. But now that it is electric cars that are on the agenda, the differences have become smaller. Is there more luxury and flair in an Audi Q4 e-tron than in the two cousins?
THE TECHNIQUE The Audi Q4 is currently available with three different engine designations, 35 e-tron, 40 e-tron and 50 e-tron quattro. The first has a battery capacity of 51.5 kWh net and 170 horses. The one we have driven, 40 e-tron, has 76.6 kWh net and 204 hp. The last one is four-wheel drive and has the same battery size as the car we drive. The Quattro variant also offers a full 299 cues and 460 Nm.
The biggest difference on the technology front, and in fact one of Audin’s most important USPs, is the infotainment system. We have previously complained about the new system that has found its way into VW, Skoda, Seat and more.
In the Audi Q4, it is Ingolstadtsnickrad software that applies and it is better in most ways. The menus are more logical and without frills. It may not always look as tough, but it’s easier to use. All surfaces are large and difficult to miss even on bumpy roads. Despite a smaller screen than the Skoda (10.1 to 13 inches), it is Audin’s touch screen that takes the least attention from driving.
In addition, Audi has by far the best instrument cluster that can show map, trip computer, what music you listen to and more. However, it works in most cars, but not in today’s resistance. But we in the test team are sour old men (despite the low average age) and have to complain about the new touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel that are not as flexible as the physical ditto found in other Audi.
“The Germans actually manage to make their MEB SUV a little extra premium.”
TO DRIVE Everyday driving is one of the first branches we tackle and much is the same between the three. Audin may have a little more natural steering, but all three offer a little too heavy, but precisely steering.
The driveline does exactly what it is supposed to and delivers smooth driving in all situations but without giving a real boost. On the contrary, even if the acceleration is perfectly okay, it is so undramatic that it is hardly perceived as an increase in speed. Electric cars need a lot of push to be fun straight ahead, but this trio focuses on other things.
Even though it’s not a speed monster, the Q4 is actually fun to drive. It is clearly the most resilient and quickest in the reactions. It actually feels like the engineers in Ingolstadt have lost weight by maybe a couple of hundred kilos, but of course that is not the case. When it starts to go away, the differences in control also become more apparent. In Audi, it is natural, has just the right weight and offers the most road feel.
Q4 is also the only one to offer a button for setting up ESC. Like the crazy Audi e-tron S, you can choose between ESC sport or completely off. But even with ESC-off, the electronics refuse to let go completely. In the winter, you should be able to play quite well in the snow anyway.
Behind the wheel you will find paddles that control energy recovery in the event of a gas release. There are three modes to choose from in addition to the Auto in which it starts. Turning off the ECO assistance replaces the automatic mode with sailing. There is also a B-mode to choose with the gear lever which is similar to the third mode you can paddle forward, maximum recovery is what applies in both cases. However, there will be no talk of a full single-pedal drive as the car stops recycling when you start approaching crawl speed.
TO GO Audi should have the most comfortable car, right? Yes, but that is not really the case. Audin has good body control while the suspension swallows unevenness in a good way. Typical Audi, stable highway locomotive. In addition, the sound level is low and the front seats are comfortable to sit in. In the end, you ride fantastically well as long as you avoid the back seat, but even there you feel far from bad.
All three cars are extra equipped with adaptive chassis. Audi differs as it only has three modes. In Individual you can choose between Comfort, Balanced or Sporty. In both ID.4 and Enyaq, there are a full 15 steps to choose from.
SENSE As it is an electric car, the mileage cost will be relatively low even if the other two are even lower. The standard equipment lacks a lot compared to Skodan and most Q4 buyers will have to pay clearly more than the base price.
The German also has the highest consumption, the shortest range, the least luggage and no ski hatch as standard. No, it’s not the smartest family car in the trio.
We have seen some speculators on the internet who are considering whether to choose Q4 or “real” e-tron, the big suv. The original is by far a larger and more luxurious car. The private economy must decide that fight. Possibly the range can give Q4 an advantage, but large e-trons charge very fast.
THE SOUL OF THE CAR The Germans actually manage to make their MEB-suv a little extra premium, the question is whether it is so much nicer that it justifies the cost? If you like the Audi feel, maybe it is, but it is less so in Q4 than in other Audi.
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