2021 Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback: specs and prices

The pure-electric Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback are on sale now, with prices starting from £40,750 for the regular SUV and £42,250 for the Sportback coupe

This is the Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback, its new mid-size electric SUVs to rival the BMW iX3 and its Volkswagen group siblings, the ID.4 and Enyaq iV. The latest model in Audi’s all-electric e-tron range is on sale now; we’ve already driven both the regular SUV version and the coupe-like Sportback variant.   

Audi has confirmed the Q4 e-tron range will include three variants: the rear-wheel-drive Q4 35, a longer-range Q4 40, and an all-wheel-drive Q4 50 e-tron quattro. The Q4 e-tron is available to order now in four trim levels, with prices starting at £40,750 for the Q4 e-tron and £42,250 for the Sportback version, which means neither is eligible for the UK plug-in car grant (PiCG).

Audi Q4 e-tron design

The Q4 e-tron is the first Audi SUV based on the Volkswagen group’s electric car dedicated MEB mechanical platform, but does have plenty in common design-wise with the newest e-tron GT

The rear is dominated by a full-width light bar, and the same triple brake lights as the flagship electric saloon.

The front features the familiar Audi grille, but is covered for better aerodynamics. The Sportback uses many of the same cues, but with the addition of its coupe-like roof and sportier bumper designs.

Interior

The Q4 e-tron gets a fully digital interior, which isn’t surprising when you look inside other modern Audis and electric SUVs like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Polestar 2 or Tesla Model Y.  Sportier Q4 S line models get seats made using the equivalent of 26 recycled plastic bottles. Audi’s optional augmented reality (AR) head-up display superimposes navigation arrows and safety warnings onto your view out the windscreen. 

The regular Q4 e-tron will have 520 litres of boot space, and a maximum load capacity of 1,490 litres with the 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats folded down. Meanwhile, the coupe-styled Q4 e-tron Sportback will have a 535 litre boot, with up to 1,460 litres with the rear seats folded down.

Range and charging

The Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback are available with either a 52 or 77kWh battery. The basic Q4 35 e-tron uses the smaller battery and is capable of 208 miles on a single charge, depending on which trim level you select.

The same is true for the Q4 40 e-tron and top-of-the-range Q4 50 e-tron quattro, which can cover between 294-316 miles and 279-294 miles respectively on a charge thanks to their larger 77kWh batteries. Range data for the Q4 e-tron Sportback hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Entry-level Q4 35 e-trons are only capable of 100kW DC rapid charging, as well as regular AC charging from a home wallbox at speeds up to 7.2kW. The Q4 40 and Q4 50 e-tron quattro are both capable of charging at up to 125kW from a public rapid charger, or at up to 11kW from a wallbox if your home has three-phase electricity.

From a rapid charger, you can add 80 miles of range in just 10 minutes, or charge from 10-80% in around 35 minutes. We expect both battery sizes will require charging overnight from a wallbox at home.

Performance

The top-of-the-range 50 e-tron quattro uses two electric motors, giving a total power output of 295bhp. The front motor is only used when more grip is required, or under full throttle. The top speed of variants with this powertrain is limited to 112mph.

The rear-drive Q4 35 powertrain produces 168bhp from a single rear-mounted electric motor and will do 0-62mph in nine seconds. The more powerful 201bhp Q4 40 powertrain still uses a single electric motor, but cuts the 0-62mph time to 8.5 seconds. All models with these powertrains are limited to 99mph.

Price, equipment and on-sale date

The Audi Q4 e-tron comes as standard with 10.25-inch 'Virtual Cockpit' driver's display, a 10.1-inch main infotainment display, LED headlights, powered tailgate, heated front seats and safety systems like road sign recognition and cruise control. 

Several option packs are also available, including the ‘comfort and sound pack’, which adds a reversing camera and premium sound system. There’s also the ‘technology pack’, which includes the augmented-reality head-up display and wireless smartphone charging, and the ‘safety pack plus’, which adds side assistance with exit warning and rear cross-traffic assistance. Adaptive shock absorbers with damper control are also available, along with a heat pump for reducing energy used to heat the interior.

In standard SUV form, the Q4 35 e-tron costs from £40,750. The more powerful 40 e-tron starts at £44,990, with the 50 e-tron quattro priced from £51,370. In Sportback form, the Q4 35 e-tron starts from £42,250, while the more powerful 40 e-tron starts at £46,960 and the top-of-the-range 50 quattro e-tron is priced from £52,870.

Both bodystyles are also available in four trim levels. Sport is the entry level, starting at £40,750 for the SUV and £42,250 for the Sportback. These come with 19-inch aerodynamic alloys for reduced drag, as well as the 10.1-inch infotainment display and 10.25-inch digital driver’s display.

Above Sport is S line, which adds 20-inch alloy wheels, more aggressive front and rear bumpers and sports suspension. It also gets a sports steering wheel, black headliner and sports seats. Prices for the S line start at £42,850 and £44,350 for the SUV and Sportback respectively. 

Edition One Q4 e-trons are priced from £46,945 as an SUV and £48,445 as a Sportback; this spec builds on the S line with Matrix LED headlights, black exterior styling pack and a hexagonal steering wheel with paddles to adjust the amount of regenerative braking you want.

Above that is Vorsprung, which starts at £54,450 for the Q4 e-tron and £55,950 for the Q4 e-tron Sportback. This top-of-line variant comes with 21-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof and some extra safety systems like blind-spot monitoring and side assist. Inside, Vorsprung features Nappa leather sports seats, an upgraded Sonos audio system and wireless Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto connectivity. 

Deliveries have already begun for the Q4 e-tron, while the first Q4 e-tron Sportbacks arrive in the UK in October 2021. Check out our reviews of the Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback for more information and our expert verdicts on Audi's electric SUV.

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