After a couple of recent short teasers, this is our first chance to fully welcome the Sportback version of the Audi Q4 E-tron to our fleet. Which, as mentioned in one of those teasers, is pretty much exactly the same as the Q4 E-tron that it has replaced, just with more of a sloping roof.

It’s also in Sport trim and has the same 77kWh battery and 201bhp single-motor ‘40’ drivetrain for rear-wheel drive.

There are more differences than that, though. For stats fans, the drag coefficient is lower than the standard Q4 (dropping from 0.28 to 0.27), thanks to that faster roof line.

The boot is bigger, at 535 litres versus 520 litres, which surprised me to learn, as I would naturally expect the sleeker model’s to be smaller. This has been borne out by the usable space when I’ve loaded it up; there’s nothing between the pair. Style over substance? Not here, and therein lies the appeal of the Sportback version.

Head room for rear passengers decreases a touch (as does boot space when the rear seats are folded down, dropping 30 litres to 1460), and it feels less airy back there by a hair-splitting amount.

I can remember feeling a little ‘meh’ towards the Q4 Sportback’s visuals when it was first unveiled. Maybe it’s familiarity, but I’m now finding it quite an agreeable car to look at. I like the big wheels and proportions, and to me it looks better resolved than its Skoda Enyaq iV Coupé and Volkswagen ID 5 siblings.

In the front of the cabin, there’s nothing to distinguish the pair, either. You get the same two digital displays: one for the driver, rich in information and configurability, and a larger touchscreen for the infotainment.

You might recall that Audi’s MMI system kept crashing and was glitchy in our previous Q4, to the point that our planned swap into this Sportback was brought forward.

On this latest version, it has been generally so far so good, apart from one instance when the speedometer stopped working on a short journey. Turning it on and off again cured it, but it’s a bit unnerving when such a thing fails on you. I was fortunate that the GPS-calculated speedo built into the Waze sat-nav app through Apple CarPlay gave me an indication of how fast I was travelling (not too fast, thankfully). I hope this issue doesn’t return.



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