The new all-electric Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron compact SUVs, in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive form, will offer up to a 316 mile range, and the e-tron is available for UK order this month, and the Sportback from June.
Trim levels are comprised of Sport, S line, Edition 1 and Vorsprung, pricing from £40,750.
There are two battery sizes, 52 kWh net (55 kWh gross) and 77 kWh net (82 kWh gross) with 100kW and 125kW charging capacities. Fast charging can restore 80 miles of range in just 10 minutes at 125kW capacity in ideal conditions.
Entry level 125 kW (170 PS) and mid-range 150 kW (204 PS) versions have single motor and rear-wheel-drive, top models offer 220 kW (299 PS) and quattro drive via two motors.
The Q4 40 e-tron Sport has a WLTP-certified driving range on a full charge of up to 316 miles.
The volume of the luggage compartment is 520 to 1,490 litres in the Q4 e-tron and 535 to 1,460 litres in the Sportback. Both models have ground clearance of 180mm.
Depending on version, the Q4 e-tron and Sportback feature a 52 kWh or 77 kWh battery which can be charged at HPC (high-power charging) stations at a charging capacity of up to 100 or up to 125 kW respectively. At 125 kW, and in ideal conditions, the battery can achieve an 80 percent state of charge from a 5 percent starting point in 38 minutes. WLTP testing has confirmed that the Q4 40 e-tron, which uses the larger battery, can recharge enough electricity – again in ideal conditions – to cover a distance of about 80 miles (WLTP) in around ten minutes, and can achieve a range of up to 316 miles.
At the entry-level, the Q4 35 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback 35 e-tron use the compact battery with its net energy content of 52 kWh (55 kWh gross), and combine this with an electric motor offering an output of 125 kW (170 PS) and torque of 310 Nm. In both body variants, this is sufficient for 9.0-second 0-62mph acceleration, a governed 99mph top speed and a WLTP-certified range of up to 208 miles on a full charge in the SUV (Sportback range data to be confirmed).
The Audi Q4 40 e-tron is equipped with the larger battery, which stores a net 77 kWh of energy (82 kWh gross). The electric motor generates 150 kW (204 PS) and 310 Nm here, reducing the 0-62mph sprint time to 8.5 seconds in the run up to a top speed that is also governed at 99mph. One charge is enough for up to 316 miles of range in the SUV (Sportback range data to be confirmed).
At the top of the range from a drivetrain perspective, the Q4 50 e-tron quattro and Q4 Sportback 50 e-tron quattro also use the 77 kWh battery (82 kWh gross), and here it supplies an electric motor on each axle that contributes to a maximum output of 220 kW (299 PS) and 460 Nm (339.3 lb-ft) of torque, while also delivering the advantages of all-wheel-drive.
The rear motor generates 150 kW (204 PS) and 310 Nm, and the front 80 kW (109 PS) and 162 Nm. In the interest of efficiency, the motor on the front axle is engaged only when high power or maximum traction are needed, in which case it is activated in just a few hundredths of a second, and in many cases predictively even before the car begins to noticeably understeer or oversteer. Both motors keep reserves available for certain driving situations, and as a result the sum of their individual outputs exceeds the drive system’s quoted total.
Both model variants tackle the 0-62mph increment in 6.2 seconds and continue to a top speed of 111mph. Driving ranges of around 295 miles are expected for UK versions of both models subject to confirmation following WLTP testing.
When the Audi Q4 e-tron is on the move in gear D (drive) and the driver releases the accelerator pedal, the drive system switches to coasting mode. Both electric motors – or the rear motor in the rear-wheel drive models – run freely and largely without energy. Coasting takes priority, because it is the most efficient, but if the driver prefers recuperation they can switch to gear B (brake), in which recuperation is almost always prioritised when coasting. If “dynamic” mode is set in the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system, recuperation also takes place in gear D but at a slightly reduced rate.
The shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel in Edition 1 and Vorsprung versions and optionally available for all others enable the driver to select three different manual recuperation levels in position D. Alternatively, automatic recuperation is configurable via the MMI system. When braking, the rear electric motor performs the deceleration alone in the majority of everyday driving situations.
For even better energy management a highly efficient heat pump is also available as an option for all versions of the Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron. It rapidly heats and cools the interior using the thermal losses from the electric components and the temperature of the outside air. It uses eco-friendly CO2 as a refrigerant, which flows through the circuit at high pressure. The heat pump can reduce losses in range caused by usage of the climate control system, especially in winter.
S line and Edition 1 versions of the Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron are equipped as standard with a sport suspension featuring particularly driver-focused spring and damper settings that also lower the body by 15 millimetres. Along with the entry level Sport model, these versions are also available with a suspension system with damper control.
Variable ratio progressive steering enhances response in all UK versions of the Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron. Its operating characteristics, along with those of the suspension with damper control, the electric motors and the electric all-wheel drive system (in quattro models) can be fine-tuned via the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system. Using MMI Touch the driver can choose between the Audi modes of “comfort,” “auto,” “efficiency,” “individual,” and “dynamic”, plus an additional “range” mode, in which the car prioritises energy efficiency and maximum speed is limited to either 55mph, or to 80mph in “efficiency” mode.
For the first time, augmented reality also takes pride of place in the technology arsenal of a series production Audi model in the new Q4 e-tron. The new augmented reality head-up display forms part of the standard specification for Vorsprung versions and is a key component of the optional Technology Pack available for all other variants.
This major advance in display technology projects important information onto the windscreen on two separate levels – a status section and an augmented reality (AR) section. Key information and symbols from specific assistance systems and from the navigation module are visually superimposed on the ‘real life’ area to which they specifically relate as content of the AR section and displayed dynamically. They appear to be floating virtually at a physical distance of roughly ten metres from the driver, and depending on the situation can even appear considerably further ahead in some cases. The driver can understand the displays very quickly without being confused or distracted by them, and they are extremely helpful in poor visibility conditions.
There’s a new generation of double-spoke steering wheels with touch-sensitive control in the Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron. The upper spokes of the wheels feature touch surfaces in a black-panel look, where the functional areas are also backlit to indicate the active buttons. Slight protrusions separate them from each other, making them easier to use, while the buttons provide feedback that is soft to the touch when pressed. Just as on a smartphone, there are not only touch gestures but also swipe gestures, for example for scrolling through lists. The steering wheels are available in different versions including Edition 1 and Vorsprung versions and are also available as an option for Sport and S line models.
Audi Q4 e-tron UK OTR pricing
(Q4 Sportback e-tron pricing TBC)
Audi Q4 35 e-tron Sport: £40,750
Audi Q4 35 e-tron S line: £42,850
Audi Q4 35 e-tron Edition 1: £46,945
Audi Q4 35 e-tron Vorsprung: £54,450
Audi Q4 40 e-tron Sport: £44,990
Audi Q4 40 e-tron S line: £47,090
Audi Q4 40 e-tron Edition 1: £51,185
Audi Q4 40 e-tron Vorsprung: £58,690
Audi Q4 50 e-tron quattro Sport: £51,370
Audi Q4 50 e-tron quattro S line: £53,470
Audi Q4 50 e-tron quattro Edition 1: £57,565
Audi Q4 50 e-tron quattro Vorsprung: £65,070
The Q4 e-tron is available to order now with UK customer cars coming in June. The Q4 e-tron Sportback will be available to order in June with UK customer cars arriving in September.