The all-electric Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron are both on sale now, priced from £40,750 OTR and £42,250 OTR respectively. Customer deliveries of the Q4 e-tron are under way, while the first Sportback customers are due to take delivery in October.
Depending on version, the cars feature a 52 kWh or 77 kWh battery, which can be charged at high-power charging stations at a capacity of up to 100 or up to 125 kW respectively. At 125 kW, the 77kWh battery can achieve an 80 percent state of charge from a 5 percent starting point in 38 minutes.
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 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.
The Audi Q4 40 instead 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 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. The Q4 Sportback 40 e-tron Sport will have a starting price of £46,960.
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 and here it supplies an electric motor on each axle that contribute 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 one 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. Both model variants tackle the 0-62mph increment in 6.2 seconds and continue to a top speed of 111mph. Driving range is expected to be 295 miles. The Audi Q4 50 e-tron quattro Sport will have a price tag of £51,370.
As WhichEV reported, 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 are displayed dynamically.
Also, 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. The control systems for the drive system and suspension work closely together to ensure that driving is safe, enjoyable, and comfortable at all times.