Audi Q4 Itron.
Competitors from Germany, Korea and Japan (Photo: Walla! system, Udi Etzion)
Price: 317,900 (test), 290,000 (base)
quality of materials, range, trunk
We didn't like:
no rear air conditioning outlets, accessories, human engineering Note
Four years ago, Audi Itron came to us, as one of the first modern electric cars in Israel.
The electric crossover offered an official range of 398 km, which was quite wow at the time, and cost NIS 392,000. Today, by the way, it already costs NIS 525,000.
Now the Audi Q4 Itron, its little brother, is hitting the road in Israel: 511 km range, price from from NIS 290,000.
And it is not much smaller: in terms of dimensions, the Q4 is between the two gasoline crossovers of Audi, the Q3 and Q5, the price is similar to the first, and the interior space to the second.
The new Jeep is a sibling to the electric platform of the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Aniac.
A silver and opaque front suggests that this is an electric vehicle, as there is no internal combustion engine that needs air to operate and cool down, but the rest of the design is classic Audi, expensive but not boastful.
Excellence alongside embarrassing flaws in the driver's environment (Photo: Walla! system, Udi Etzion)
the driver's environment is also built with the same concept.
It's not Tesla and warranty trams that send the driver to adapt to it, but an Audi that once you've sat down you understand who's against who.
Even the climate control system got its own small screen, with physical operation buttons, without the need to take your eyes off the road to wander between operation screens just to turn down the air conditioner.
On the other hand, the buttons on the truncated and sporty steering wheel are touch buttons, not physical, a less convenient arrangement and more prone to wrong presses.
The air conditioning vents are placed high around the multimedia screen, the quality of the materials is generally good.
The space in the back is excellent, the floor is almost flat, and there is enough width for three, although the middle one will suffer a little from the arrangement of the rear bench, which is built more for two.
There is an air conditioner outlet, but strangely, there are no USB sockets at the back.
The trunk has a generous volume of 520 liters.
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There are air conditioning ports, no USB sockets (photo: Walla! system, Audi Etzion)
The Q4 comes to Israel in two trim levels.
The base version (NIS 290,000) comes with a 10.1-inch multimedia screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a 10.25-inch digital dashboard, electric front seats, integrated leather upholstery, a panoramic sun window, and front and rear parking sensors.
The equipped Tech Pack version (NIS 311,000) adds an excellent head-up display, an original navigation system (which is also projected onto the windshield in the head-up display, unlike the Wise screen), LED matrix headlights, a 360-degree parking camera, and an upgraded stereo, Sonos with 10 speakers with a power of 580W .
Both lack wireless mobile charging.
The safety systems include autonomous emergency braking also in reverse, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, lane keeping and automatic high beams.
The prestigious brother of Skoda Aniac and Volkswagen ID4 (photo: Walla! system, Audi Etzion)
Performance: the specifications are familiar from the ID.4 and the Aniac, 204 hp and rear-wheel drive. In practice, the performance is good, but it lacks the blow in the wiper in accelerations offered by some of the competitors such as the Tesla Model Y. The test days included calm intercity driving for the most part, operational driving in the Jerusalem mountains, and driving Urban, the Q4 registered an average consumption of 18 kWh per 100 km, which means a nice practical range of 430 km - an addition of more than 100 km to the practical range of the Itron from the Fatih, which has since been improved and will soon land here With an enlarged battery. You can effectively control the power of charging and braking from paddles behind the steering wheel. The coupe version of the vehicle, which enjoys a more aerodynamic design, offers a long range of 15 km.
Audi claims half an hour to charge a battery from 20% to 80%, in practice we needed half an hour to go from 30% to 80%, despite using an ultra-fast position (150 kWh). Slow charging (11 kWh) It will require 7 hours from an empty battery to a full one.
Comfort and behavior:
The Q4 is more comfortable than its platform sibling, both in the city and outside the city.
And above all, it is quieter.
The grip is high, the steering is precise, and the body is well controlled in curves.
But as with performance, there's nothing sporty here.
530 very nice liters in the trunk (photo: Walla! system, Audi Etzion)
The bottom line
The Q4 is a successful and useful electric vehicle.
It is not smart, comfortable and has a long range and makes good use of the fact that it is based on a dedicated electric platform and not converted from gasoline, like for example the Mercedes EQA and the M-W i1X that competes for the benefit of the margin and the range.
Except for some minor flaws in the human engineering and accessories, Audi did a nice job here.
At the moment it also enjoys a very competitive price, but the importer has yet to publish a price list after the recent tax increase.
Without an engine to cool, the front is sealed (photo: Walla! system, Udi Etzion)
On the technical side: Audi Q4 e-tron
electric, single engine, rear
204 hp, 31.6 kg
automatic, single ratio
wheelbase (s m):
Power consumption (test):
18 kWh per 100 km
Range (test ):
European crash test score: 5 out of 5 stars
Active safety: emergency braking, cruise control, lane keeping, warning of a vehicle in a "dead zone"
rating 1 out of 15
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