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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2023 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Audi Q4 50 e-tron quattro

Vehicle Type: SUV Electric
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Category Ranking: 10

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $49,900
Price as Tested: $60,090

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Electricity
120V Charge Time: 3.4 miles per hour
240V Charge Time: 26.8 miles per hour
DC Fast Charger: 5% to 80% in 38 minutes
EPA City MPGe100
EPA Highway MPGe89
EPA Combined MPGe95
EPA-Est. Electric Range (mi): 241

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [O]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

The Q4 e-tron EV, new for 2022, shares a platform and some mechanicals with VW’s ID.4. It comes in single-motor (rear-wheel drive) and dual-motor (all-wheel drive) configurations. A compact, entry-level luxury SUV, the Q4 is a handsome vehicle, available in SUV and sloped-roof ("Sportback") designs. Our Q4 tester had the dual-motor setup, which provides plenty of power and low-end responsiveness. The drivetrain has a strong fuel-efficiency rating (95 MPGe), too, although at 241 miles, the range is unexceptional. The Q4 delivers a comfortable ride, albeit on the firm side. Overall, the Q4’s cabin has Audi’s typical high-quality fit and finish - except for some black plastic trim - but the design is a bit bland. There’s plenty of room inside for all passengers, plus decent cargo space. The back window is small, though, and rear visibility is poor. Then there’s the value question - paying extra for what you’d expect to be standard. For example, a decent number of convenience and advanced safety features come standard, including advanced LED headlights. But others - adaptive cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a power front-passenger seat, among others - require the purchase of a $6,300 package. In sum, the Q4 e-tron has numerous qualities to recommend it but comes up short in a few key areas.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • • Powerful EV drivetrain
  • • Comfortable (though firm) ride quality
  • • Strong suite of ADAS features
  • • Good interior space for passengers and cargo

Weak Points

  • • Lots of extra-cost features
  • • Only average EV range
  • • Limited rear visibility
  • • Plain, bland interior
  • • Inconsistent charging times

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 4980.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 180.7 / 73.4 / 64.7
Wheelbase (in): 108.7
Number of air bags: 8
Warranty (months/miles): 48/50,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Bridgestone Alenza Sport A/S
Front and rear tire size: 235/50 R20
Max towing capacity (lbs): 2,646
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 1-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: Dual electric motors
Electric motor horsepower: 295

Test Data

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Handling: 6.54
Quality and Drivability: 7.88

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