Test drove the Q4-etron today.
In terms of handling it was really nice, I took it down some country roads, met plenty of traffic and drove it like I do my current car, it handled things really well.
But in terms of wow factor it just wasn't there I didn't think. I've never drove an Audi before so maybe I was expecting too much!
its only an extra €60K for the wow factor
for most people this should be the reason :
If only :)
I definitely want electric by the way, just got in and expected something a bit nicer, but maybe my expectations were too high, and there's probably a load of reasons you should buy Audi over anything else.
Also what I've just noticed is the prices aren't quite as high as I thought as the Audi website doesn't automatically include the grants when you build the cars!
correct,.if you keep the gross below 60K you get 5K off
Annoyingly the 40 sport with paint is JUST over the 60k threshold.
Only way to go under is to stick with the pebble base colour and pay the 750 for service (which is mandatory) separately.
unless you have a trade in ... and it value suddenly decreases!!
I already asked if there was any way to get it under 60k and got told no unfortunately. Not even sure I'd have gone for it as tech just not there compared to EV6 etc. But appreciate this is an Audi.
So basically if you want metallic paint on a 40 sport it will cost 5,800 euro more 😀
You'd wonder what Audi are at for the sake of €1k or so.
I guess because it's an Audi people will pay for it anyway.
It was nice like I said, and really did handle well, nice ride height etc. But essentially paying nearly 6k more to get a colour I wanted meant I couldn't entertain it any more.
Didn't want to drop battery size to get the same trim, and didn't want to get the lowest spec as it's already missing stuff compared to other cars.
I think that'll be the interesting litmus test for them.
There will always be a bit of badge snobbery, but I think that might be on the wane when people start to become more aware of the type of quality which the likes of Kia/Hyundai/Skoda are starting to offer.
I'd be the similar to you, I lost interest when I saw that you have to either compromise on the trim level or the battery size to avail of the grant. I could justify paying a small premium for an Audi, but not 20%+ for it.
Took delivery on Tuesday. Been a long time coming, ordered in June and multiple delays were frustrating. A proper drive will be had this weekend.
whats the spec on that? My mum has a 35 sport on order in typhoon grey (to match my larger E-Tron i think :D)
Very nice, I do like that "Navarra blue", hope you enjoy all the miles (km) you clock up on it 😍
It’s a 35 s-line with comfort plus pack and ambient lighting pack. It’s a lot smaller than your etron:-)
Low miles so far, 220km trip last weekend reduced the battery to 17%. Not terrible, not great.
Okay, that's a good bit from the claimed 325km, but I guess it is winter and it's also earlier days for you, your right foot has some fine tuning to do!!!
that would infer a full winter range of around 265, really more like 250 as you are never going to run to 0. thats not too bad, you should see 310-315 in summer weather id guess.
325 is 100 percent battery in an ideal conditions WLTP test.
220 is using 83 percent in winter and works out to be 265 at 100 percent.
Not bad at all tbh.
The wife acceptance test will be evaluated this weekend with a longer trip planned meaning we'll have to stop and charge once. Happy enough with the range at the moment as the majority of driving is local. Longer trips maybe twice a month.
Wondering why there seems to be less interest in the Q4 Etron from Boardies compared to Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Model Y, ID4, BMW i4, etc? Friend ordered a 35 version in order to get some desired options and still qualify for the grant which I wouldn't be very happy about given it has less power, slower charging and less range. Online reviews are generally very positive for the 40 and 50 models but I haven't seen to many comparison reviews as yet.
Would the fact that the 40 model plus options misses out on the grant be one of the main reasons why people are considering alternatives such as Ioniq 5 / EV6?
Quite likely, the 35 is a shorter range and to spec it with desired packages and still come in under 60K this is the one to have. Slower charging, I'm not sure what your thought it there, connected to a HPC it'll pull 100kw/h which is slower than the max available but plenty quick enough for us. Range again is subjective if the car can do what it's required to do without inconvenience. I know that sounds like I'm defending it and my purchase :) We'll likely change in three years and given there's such a delay in deliveries we may drift away from an Audi replacement. Meantime we're enjoying the car, comfort and features.
you have to remember slower charging isnt really slower, in real terms at least (same as the etron 50 & 55) as its a smaller battery it charges to 80% or 100% as quickly in time just at a lower MW / H rate.
Dont get me wrong it's a lovely car and well wear! How are you finding the range for your recent longer journeys?
My friend is of the same mindset as yourself, the majority of journeys are short and the 35 model provides sufficient range for these journey's. He would have opted for the 40 model but his wife insisted on some extra options which would have taken price over €60k and he wasnt prepared to forgo the grant which is sensible.
My thinking would be battery spec is important in an EV so I would try and go for best spec within reason. It's not just charging speeds that is different, 100kw v 125kw, but also the power and range is higher in the 40 model so my preference would be the 40 model if I had the cash to buy one! In the meantime I make do with an L30 with 130km range and max 50kw charging, although because of the chronically poor range charging speed is largely irrelevant as it's now only used as a local runaround and charged almost entirely at home.
thats the thing though, everyone would like a large battery and greater max range, but for most they will hardly ever need it, if you are taking a really long trip you will need to stop to charge anyway (and just arrive with a higher SOC) and otherwise it just means you might plug in a few days more a year at home, for most people thats not worth the 7-8k it would end up costing.
That was our thinking too. We stopped last weekend on a return leg having driven 195km and knowing we would need a boost to go the remaining 80. We charged for 20 minutes at an ESB charger and recovered just under 30% battery, more than enough to get home.
I’d like to stretch the battery and see just how far we could get on a single full charge with reasonable driving. But yep, same spec in the 40 model was considerably more expensive and the extra range we might enjoy maybe once a month, twice at most wasn’t worth it for us.
We don’t skimp on AC, heated seats or eco driving modes either as what’s the point in paying so much to then turn off those features? if there was a range risk to getting somewhere we’d be careful but no need yet and thankfully have used just one public charger so far and that was without issue.