With the launch of the e-Tron family of electric vehicles, Audi has taken a somewhat different approach to EVs than some other manufacturers. Rather than going with the unique styling themes and often quirky controls commonly used in EVs, the 2023 Audi Q4 e-Tron and stylish Q4 Sportback e-Tron compact SUVs are refreshingly normal and look, feel and drive like conventional vehicles that just happen to be powered by electricity rather than petrochemicals.
Sharing much of the architecture used in the Volkswagen ID.4, Q4 models use the same 82-kilowatt-hour battery pack and other mechanical components. The Q4 e-Tron is available either with a single motor and rear-wheel drive or dual motors and all-wheel-drive, while the Sportback gets dual-motor AWD standard. RWD models generate 201 horsepower, AWD models 295 hp. Inside, the cabin is much like that in any other Audi: upscale and comfortable with largely conventional controls. Additionally, the driving experience will likely appeal to first-time EV buyers, with lively if not class-leading acceleration and an agreeable combination of ride comfort and responsive handling.
Overall, longtime Audi fans will likely feel right at home, and the Q4 models may help ease more mainstream buyers into their first EV — but we still found a few nits to pick. For an in-depth look at the 2023 Audi Q4 e-Tron and Q4 Sportback e-Tron, hit the link above to read Brian Normile’s expert review; for a quicker rundown of five things we like about Audi’s newest EVs and five things we don’t, read on.