2021 Audi Q4 e-tron and Sportback: What you need to know

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Author: | Updated: 16 Apr 2021 18:11

The electric Audi Q4 e-tron has been revealed and is set to be available in the form of an SUV and Sportback model from June.

Offering up to 320 miles of range, here’s what you need to know.

Audi Q4 Sportback 50 e-tron quattro

Audi Q4 e-tron exterior

On the outside, the Q4 e-tron models borrow styling cues from both the standard Q3 and existing Audi e-tron models.

Up front, there’s a huge faux-grille (electric cars don’t need air to cool the radiator) with a sharp set of headlights that follow the top contours of the grille.

Audi Q4 50 e-tron quattro / Audi Q4 50 e-tron quattro Edition One

There’ll be two distinct flavours of Q4 e-tron – the standard SUV and a Sportback model. The two look very different from the side and rear, with the Sportback getting a more coupe-like look.

Its sloping roofline may impede rear headroom slightly, but we think it’s the better looking of the two. At the rear both models feature a full-width lighting bar, while the huge wheels will be available in 19in, 20in and 21in depending on the trim in question.

Audi Q4 e-tron

Audi Q4 e-tron interior and tech

Sit in the driving seat and you’ll find an 11.6in driver display directly ahead of you. With vivid graphics and customisable screen options, it’s linked to Audi’s latest infotainment system, which in the Q4 e-tron gets a 10.6in touchscreen unit as standard.

What’s more augmented reality satnav is available too, which projects 3D images via the heads up display to alert you of upcoming instructions.

Audi Q4 e-tron

The screen is poised slightly towards the driver, you’ll find controls for the climate control beneath it, while to the right the passenger is treated to a full-width air vent that runs the length of the dashboard.

Elsewhere it’s business as usual – Audi’s usual level of refinement and quality feel is on offer, with the company keen to point out many of the interior trim pieces are made from eco-friendly recycled materials.

The SUV version gets 525 litres of boot space, while this is cut down to 520 litres in the Sportback. Rear headroom is impeded slightly in the latter too, with the SUV being the more practical of the two models.

Audi Q4 Sportback 50 e-tron quattro

Audi Q4 e-tron drivetrains

From launch, the Q4 e-tron range will be available with one of two batteries – a 52kWh pack or a 77kWh pack. Both can be charged via a 125kW fast charger, which enables you to add 80 miles of range in less than 10 minutes.

The entry-level model will be known as the Q4 35 and will be capable of up to 217 miles between charges. It’ll get from 0 to 62mph in around 9 seconds and feature a front-wheel drive electric motor platform.

Audi Q4 50 e-tron quattro Edition One

The more potent 77kWh pack will be known as the Q4 40. It produces around 30hp more than the 35 and ups range to an impressive 323 miles. It shaves around half a second of the 0-62mph time too.

A range-topping 50 will be available too, which gets all-wheel drive courtesy of an extra motor. With a combined output of around 300hp, it’ll get from rest to 62mph in around 6 seconds and can travel up to 303 miles between charges.

Audi Q4 Sportback 50 e-tron quattro

Audi Q4 e-tron release date

Prices are to be confirmed, but we know that order books are set to open in June for UK customers. We reckon entry-level versions will get a list price of around £40,000 rising to more than £50,000 for the more expensive trims.

We’ll bring you full specifications and the best leasing plans as soon as they become available.

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