Manufacturers have become accustomed to entrusting journalists with high-end and/or particularly well-equipped models. Drivers don’t necessarily make that choice. So, in Benoît Iizuka, an Audi Q4 40 e-tron in its simplest form is used daily. What does he think of his electric SUV delivered in May 2022?
Audi Q4 40 e-tron
Forming a rectangle measuring 4,588 x 1,865 m, for a height of 1,632 m, the Audi Q4 40 e-tron is an electric SUV powered by a synchronous motor with permanent magnets that develops a power of 150 kW (204 hp), for a torque of 310 Nm.
It is powered by a lithium-ion battery with a gross energy capacity of 82 kWh, for a usable 77 kWh. To regenerate it: an AC on-board charger of 11 kW and 135 kW of maximum power in the DC fast terminals since a still recent update.
At the entry level offered from €50,900 today on the manufacturer’s website, the machine is based on 19-inch, 5-arm alloy wheels and appears in a pebble gray color. Benoît Iizuka preferred the metallic geyser blue and earned 800 euros (950 euros on August 18, 2022).
On board, passengers sit on black fabric seats. Above them, the ceiling lining is steel gray. Behind the multifunctional two-spoke leather steering wheel (without paddle), the instrumentation has a digital display on a 10.25-inch digital screen.
Among the standard equipment of this version, and without intending to be exhaustive, we find: windscreen in thermal glass, adjustable central armrest at the front, automatic air conditioning, electrically heated and adjustable exterior mirrors, sound system with 5 speakers and DAB digital radio reception, LED headlights at the front, rain and light sensors, lane departure warning, speed limiter and parking assistance system at the rear.
Our reader added some options, however, within a strict budgetary limit. ” LLD’s monthly rents must not exceed 500 euros. We benefit from a significant commercial discount. After deducting the government bonus, the contribution was limited to 2,800 euros “, he explains.
” As an option, we kept, in addition to the metallic paint, the adaptive cruise control, the acoustic front side windows and the Comfort package to take advantage of the electrically folding mirrors and the lumbar adjustment. “, he lines up.
According to the brochure at our disposal, these elements are offered at 1,140, 140 and 980 euros respectively on the Audi Q4 40 e-tron.
Why the Audi Q4 40 e-tron?
A 48-year-old engineer, our interviewee knows the electromobile industry and market very well. Today, at retrofit specialist Phoenix Mobility, he saw the debut of the Zoé and the electric Fluence when he was at Renault. Hence several demands on his side, but not only.
” For me, Tesla is essential. I would have chosen a Model 3 to replace the 2014 Mercedes B-Class. But it’s basically my wife’s company vehicle. And she doesn’t like the American’s lack of buttons, the laid-back look and what she thinks is the “super cheap” finish on this car. », justifies Benoît Iizuka.
” Like me, she’s quite a geek, from a computer background to a finance specialist, and one of the first to buy an iPhone, in 2008. The big screen inside the Model 3, yes, but she expects more on board. “, he explains.
He himself discarded the Mercedes EQAs (“ Unsuccessful, with an incorrectly sized battery “), EQB (” Not available when we signed the purchase order in September 2021 “), EQC (” overpriced “), Volvo XC40 (” Made in China “), Renault Megane E-Tech (” very small trunk “), etc
The best choice ?
” Overall, I’m extremely happy with the Audi Q4 40 e-tron, and I couldn’t think of any other that would be better for our purposes. “, believes Benoît Iizuka. Who loves well chat too! It is entirely with this in mind that our reader has come up with a rather impressive list of negatives and faults.
Starting with a regret after a disagreement related to the model equipment made available by the dealership during the test: ” To have the ventilation in the back you have to take the three zone air conditioning which is very very expensive [NDLR : 810 euros, selon le catalogue de mai 2022]. We are in Gironde. Our girls are suffering from the heat. For a Premium brand, it’s still limited “.
He puts it in the same basket the absence of lighting at the make-up mirror and the impossibility of extending the sun visor when it is positioned laterally. For this last resort, the savings made by the manufacturer certainly do not exceed 20 euro cents. It’s an area I know well. “.
And even : ” The plastic glove box feels very cheap with a Dacia-style closing noise. It’s the same with the non-electric trunk: there was certainly no prototype in this version, otherwise it wouldn’t have happened like this! »
” Our Q4 sleeps in a closed garage. When opening the trunk, 4 times out of 5, you get an error message on the dashboard indicating a charging problem when the car is not plugged in “, reports Benoît Iizuka.
” When I drive on the highway, like on the departmental highway, I get a very annoying message that asks me to put my hands on the steering wheel, when they are there and my car has no help keeping between the lines. The loud beep that is then emitted wakes the children in the back. On a journey of 500 km Bordeaux-Nîmes, I receive this message at least 10 times. It’s random and I don’t understand why, especially for a car of this price. he reflects.
” The MyAudi app is very limited. We can only have the state of charge. The connection only works once in 2. It takes 1 minute to turn on the air conditioner remotely. It is related to the computer falling asleep. There could be a nice animation to make it clear that it’s going to be released. Ergonomics is poor at this level “, he assesses.
always at least
” For infotainment, my profile is registered on the Internet. At first it worked. Now half the time it doesn’t work. And I lose all my favorites. In addition, the Plug & Charge system, which should allow charging to start at Ionity stations without having to identify yourself, does not work. “, laments Benoît Iizuka.
” I don’t understand why B-mode to maximize regeneration isn’t the default and why the setting jumps with every new use of the vehicle. It lacks a One Pedal Drive system that would drive and stop the car with just the accelerator. There is no GPS. Therefore, it is necessary for a potential buyer to know that they will not have a winter battery preconditioning in relation to selecting a terminal in the browser. “, he adds.
” The Audi Q4 is a large vehicle that is not easy to park. Visibility is not good. But we don’t have a 360 degree camera. As for the radars, they detect with a great beep the vertical angles, even very low, of the boats. “, he finishes.
” No matter the engine speed, you never hear it. The Audi Q4 40 e-tron is really very quiet with little air noise. Thanks to laminated glass, they only appear from 110 km/h. On the other hand, rolling noises are not completely filtered out. Between Narbonne and Béziers we hear the shocks caused by the expansion joints of the road “, opposes Benoît Iizuka.
” Engine power is very good despite the weight of the MEB platform. Overall comfort is good. We are very good in this car “, he thanks. ” For the outer line, it’s a real Audi. Then the Tesla Model 3 design is a little bland “, compares.
” The basic version of the Q4 is almost better than the others on several levels. Already with the gear selector in satin instead of the messy Piano Black. But also for the trunk that only has a double bottom and allows better accommodation of luggage “, he admits.
Autonomy, consumption and collection
” I notice a real range of 540 km in the summer on country roads and 360 km at 130 km/h on the motorway. Hence a single stop to recharge between Bordeaux and Nîmes. It may be that the scorching heat is conducive to reducing consumption at this speed. The air density being less at 40°C, aerodynamic friction is therefore less important than at 20°C. “, develops the engineer.
” Over almost 6,600 km, the average consumption is 18.1 kWh/100 km. Half of it was done on the road at 130 km/h, with 4 people and a full suitcase, and the air conditioning set to 24 or 25°C with an outside temperature between 35 and 40°C “, he testifies.
” In Ionity chargers, I never exceeded 125 kW of power. On the other hand, in a new EVBox terminal, I observed 135 kW for a long time, under a temperature of 38°C. But I had to do this 5 times to start loading “, remember.
” Battery chemistry likes these temperatures too. They allow you to get maximum wattages immediately for fast charging. Also note that the electrical resistance of copper decreases with heat. There are therefore less losses due to the Joule effect, i.e. energy dissipation by heating the electrical conductors compared to a temperature of 20°C. “, he concludes.
Automobile Propre and I would like to thank Benoît Iizuka for his availability, his particularly enlightening testimony about the Audi Q4 40 e-tron, and the many photos provided.