Audi has unveiled the new members of its all-electric e-tron family, the Q4 and the Q4 Sportback.
The compact SUV will be available with two battery sizes: 52 kWh net (55 kWh gross) and 77 kWh net (82 kWh gross) with 100kW and 125kW charging capacities, respectively.
There are numerous versions available from launch, the least powerful and obviously more affordable of which is the Q4 35 e-tron. The Q4 35 and the Q4 Sportback 35 use the compact battery with its net energy content of 52 kWh 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. The Q4 e-tron starts from £40,750.
Instead, the Audi Q4 40 e-tron is equipped with the larger battery, which stores a net 77 kWh of energy. The electric motor generates 150 kW (204 PS) and 310 Nm, 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. It starts at £44,900.
The top of the line is the Q4 50 e-tron quattro, which also uses the 77-kWh battery but supplying 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. It has a WLTP range of 295 miles and a top speed of 111mph. It can accelerate to 62mph in 6.2 seconds. The double electric motor version will have a starting price of £51,370.
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 to cover a distance of about 80 miles (WLTP) in around ten minutes.
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.
The high-voltage batteries are located between the axles beneath the passenger compartment, at the lowest point of the car, which ensures a low centre of gravity and a near 50:50 weight distribution ratio, favouring handling.
And for the first time 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.
The impressive array of technologies and the excellent range and power make the Q4 the perfect option for people that are looking to switch to an EV, according to the Director of Audi UK Andrew Doyle.
“Combining attractive price points, impressive charging performance and the potential to travel in tranquil comfort for well over 300 emission-free miles between stops, the Q4 e-tron models make the case for switching to sustainable premium mobility more clear-cut than ever,” he said.