- The new entry-level Q4 and Q4 Sportback mid-size SUVs from Audi join the e-Tron EV lineup.
- With an aggressive front end, prominent arches, and elegant lighting, this car has a sporty look.
- The entry-level model has a 52-kWh battery, while other models have a 77-kWh battery for increased range.
- A single electric motor drives the rear wheels of the 35 e-Tron and 40 e-Tron models, producing up to 204PS and 310Nm.
- The base model has a range of 341 kilometers, while the 40 e-Tron version has a range of 520 kilometers.
- All-wheel drive with an additional front electric motor is standard on the sporty 50 e-Tron trim, which has a maximum range of 497 kilometers.
- The cabin is sporty, with a squarish steering wheel, a driver-centric dashboard, and an all-black interior.
The Q4 and Q4 Sportback have been added to Audi’s all-electric e-tron range. The latter was unveiled as a prototype at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and the final production models are nearly identical. These are the hybrid vehicles that the company offers at the entry stage.
The Q4 Sportback is a coupe-styled variant of the Q4, with a sloping roofline and a sporty rear end. Its muscular styling, massive grille design, and angry-looking LED Matrix headlamps with sporty cutaways in the front bumper give it a commanding presence on the track. A thin LED light strip runs between the sleek tail lamps. In contrast to the regular Q4 e-tron SUV’s roof-integrated spoiler, the Q4 Sportback e-tron gets a spoiler just below the rear windscreen.
The Q4 will be available in three different versions. This electric SUV is also one of the few Audi series-production models with rear-wheel drive, which is a special treat. The 35 e-tron and 40 e-tron models have a single electric motor driving the rear wheels, while the top-of-the-line 50 e-tron adds an electric motor to the front for all-wheel drive and increased performance.
Here’s what Audi has to give in terms of range and performance figures for each variant:
The Q4 will charge at a maximum of 125kW. (except the entry-spec 35 e-tron which is capped at 100kW). In ideal conditions, a 10-minute charge using a high-speed DC charging station will add about 130km of range to the 40 e-tron, whereas a 5 to 80 percent top-up would take 38 minutes.
Despite the fact that the Q4 is Audi’s entry-level EV, it has a premium interior with the same sporty styling as the exterior. It has a squared steering wheel with an uninterrupted view of the 10.25-inch optical gauge cluster in the Audi virtual cockpit. The central infotainment monitor is oriented aggressively towards the driver, and although it comes standard with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, an 11.6-inch touchscreen will be available as an alternative.
Audi’s augmented reality heads-up display allows the driver to get details without taking their eyes off the lane.
The drive selector, electronic parking brake, and driving modes are all housed in a floating central console with a storage tunnel underneath. Instead of the touchscreen display used in more luxurious Audi models, the climate controls have tactile keys.
The Q4 electric SUV’s flat floor provides more passenger comfort, particularly in the back, where there is no middle hump. It also has premium upholstery with individual headrests for all three rear seats, as well as integrated headrests for the sporty front seats. Audi provides upholstery with a high recycled polyester content from PET bottles for the environmentally conscious.
Collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control with lane centering input, side assist sensors, and predictive performance assist are only a few of the driver aids available on the Audi Q4. The electric SUV comes with one front radar, one front camera, four surround view cameras, and eight ultrasonic sensors when fully loaded.
The Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback will be available in Europe this summer, with the standard SUV being the first to arrive. In Germany, prices will start at Rs 37.65 lakh (EUR 41,900), with the Sportback models commanding a premium of about Rs 1.80 lakh (EUR 2000). The Q4 is Audi’s response to the Tesla Model Y crossover, which boasts a 525-kilometer range. It also has a comparable price tag. The Tesla, on the other hand, has an advantage over the Audi Q4 in terms of autonomous capabilities and efficiency. By 2023, the Audi Q4 e-tron may also be available in India.