Audi Q4 e-tron: pictures, specifications and on-sale date

The pure-electric Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback SUVs have been unveiled, with prices starting at £40,750

Audi has unveiled the 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 won’t arrive until later this year, but we've already driven a prototype version.  

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, which does prevent it from being 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 so surprising when you look inside other modern Audis and electric SUVs like the 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 will be available with either a 52kWh or 77kWh battery. The base model Q4 35 e-tron uses the smaller battery, and will be capable of 211 miles on a single charge. 

But, the larger 77kWh battery in the Q4 40 e-tron gives it a maximum driving range of 323 miles, while the top-of-the-range Q4 50 e-tron quattro can cover 303 miles on a charge.

Base-model Q4 35 e-trons will only be capable of 100kW DC rapid charging, as well as regular AC charging speeds up to 7.2kW, like from a wallbox. The Q4 40 and Q4 50 e-tron quattro are both capable of charging at speeds up of up to 125kW, or 11kW from a three-phase AC charger.

At those higher speeds, 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 Q4 50 e-tron quattro’s two electric motors give the car a total power output of 295bhp. The front motors are only used when more grip is required, or under full throttle. The top speed will be limited to 112mph.

The rear-drive Q4 35 produces 168bhp and will do 0-62mph in nine seconds, while the more powerful 201bhp Q4 40 cuts this to 8.5 seconds. Both models are limited to 99mph.

Price, equipment and on-sale date

The Audi Q4 e-tron comes as standard with Audi’s virtual cockpit dials, a 10.1-inch main infotainment display, LED headlights, and safety systems like road sign recognition. Other bits of kit like adaptive cruise assist, matrix lights, a panoramic sunroof and surround view cameras will be available as part of optional packages.

The Q4 e-tron is also available with the Dynamic Package, which lowers the car by 15mm, adds progressive steering (standard on quattro models) and includes the Audi Drive Select handling system allowing you to change the characteristics of the steering and electric motors. 

The Q4 35 e-tron will cost from £40,750. The more powerful 40 e-tron will start at £44,990, with the 50 e-tron quattro model priced from £51,370. Opting for the coupe-like Sportback will add roughly £2,000 to the price of the regular Q4 e-tron.

We also know there'll be four trims level available. Sport is the entry-level, starting at £40,750, with 19-inch aerodynamic alloys for reduced drag. Above that will be the 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 will start at £42,850. 

Edition One Q4 e-trons will be priced from £46,945; this spec builds on the S line trim 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 will be the Vorsprung, which starts at £54,450. This top-of-line variant will come with 21-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof and some extra safety systems like blind-spot monitoring and side assist. Inside, Vorsprung Q4 e-trons will feature Nappa leather sports seats, an upgraded Sonos audio system and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. 

The Q4 e-tron is set to arrive in Europe in June 2021, with the Sportback expected to follow suit later in the year. It hasn't yet been confirmed when the first Q4 e-trons will arrive in the UK.

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