New 2021 Audi Q4 e-tron: full UK prices and specifications confirmed
The full Audi Q4 e-tron line-up is on sale now, with buyers getting a choice of two body styles, three powertrains and four trim-levels
The new Audi Q4 e-tron electric SUV line-up has been completed in the UK, with the German brand revealing prices for both the standard model and the sleek Sportback version.
Prices start from £40,750 for the standard SUV in Sport trim, with a £1,500 premium across almost the entire range for the coupe-inspired Sportback model, which starts from £42,250. The only outlier is the range-topping Quattro 50 Vorsprung model, which has a £1,680 variation between the two body styles.
However, prices like those mean the entire Audi Q4 e-tron range will miss out on the government’s recently restructured plug-in car grant, which is now only available for electric cars worth less than £35,000.
The Audi Q4 e-tron line-up is separated into four specifications called Sport, S line, Edition 1 and Vorsprung. The cheapest variant comes as standard with LED headlamps, gloss black window surrounds and aerodynamically efficient alloy wheels which were designed to reduce the amount of turbulent air around the car’s wheel arches and cut drag.
S line cars are priced from £42,850. Upgrades over the base-model include 20-inch alloys, privacy glass, slightly more aggressive bumpers and Audi’s singleframe radiator grille, which is common across its entire range of S line cars. The trim also adds sports suspension to lower the Q4 e-tron’s ride-height by 15mm.
Inside, the Q4 e-tron S line gets a leather sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, a black headliner and illuminated S-branded treadplates. There’s also a pair of sports seats, which are trimmed in an eco-friendly suede-like fabric made from recycled plastic bottles.
The Q4 e-tron Edition 1 is Audi’s launch edition specification, which comes as standard with Matrix LED headlamps, a black exterior styling package and a unique hexagonal steering wheel with two shift paddles that are used to increase or decrease the car’s level of regenerative braking. Prices start from £46,945.
At the top of the range, there’s the Q4 e-tron Vorsprung. It’s priced from £54,450 and adds 21-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic glass sunroof and some extra safety equipment such as side assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic assist. Adaptive dampers also come as standard, allowing drivers to adjust the chassis from a menu in the infotainment system.
The cabin gets Nappa leather upholstery, a premium Sonos stereo system and a wireless smartphone charger that also offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Audi’s new augmented reality head-up display is another standard feature, which appears to project items like navigation instructions 10 metres ahead of the driver.
New 2021 Audi Q4 e-tron: motors and batteries
Q4 e-tron buyers have three powertrains to choose from. The entry-level Q4 35 e-tron is powered by a 52kWh battery pack and a single electric motor mounted on the rear axle, which has 168bhp and 310Nm of torque.
Audi says the SUV variant will sprint from 0–62mph in nine seconds before running into its electronic speed limiter at 99mph. It’ll also cover 208 miles on a single charge, while the battery can be topped-up using either a 7.4kW wallbox or a 100kW DC rapid charger. Specifications for Sportback models are yet to be confirmed.
The mid-range Q4 40 e-tron is priced from £44,990. It comes with a larger 77kWh battery pack and a more powerful electric motor, with 201bhp and 310Nm of torque, which trims the SUV’s 0–62mph time to 8.5 seconds. However, top speed remains limited at 99mph.
Thanks to the larger battery, range increases significantly to 316 miles on the SUV and, although the Sportback version of the 40 model hasn’t yet been fully homologated, Audi expects it will improve further on that figure due to its slightly better aerodynamics.
The range-topping Q4 50 e-tron quattro is priced from £51,370. It uses the same 77kWh battery pack, but gets an extra electric motor on the front axle, which adds four-wheel drive and bumps performance up to 295bhp and 460Nm of torque.
Audi says that’s enough to cut the SUV’s 0–62mph time to 6.2 seconds and increase its top speed to 112mph. Both the SUV and the Sportback are expected to have a maximum range of 295 miles, although the EVs are yet to pass through final WLTP homologation.
The 40 and 50 quattro versions also come with an 11kW AC charging standard, and they’re both compatible with 125kW DC rapid chargers which can charge the battery to 80 percent capacity in 38 minutes. Audi also says that 80 miles of range can be added in around 10 minutes, for drivers needing a short burst of extra charge to finish a journey.
Every UK model also gets Audi’s drive select system, which offers a choice of five configurable drive modes that alter the throttle and steering characteristics. Options include a sporty Dynamic mode, an Individual mode that allows custom settings and a Range mode, which ekes the most efficiency out of the EV’s battery pack.
New 2021 Audi Q4 e-tron: design and interior
The Q4 e-tron is the first production Audi built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric car platform. Like the Mercedes EQA and Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge, it’s also another example of a premium European brand entering its home market with a compact electric SUV before Tesla can get the Model Y on our roads.
As well as being Audi’s MEB debut, the Q4 e-tron is also the first premium brand car on the platform. As such, it comes with several key differences keeping it at an arm’s length from its more mainstream Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV siblings. Better materials, more tech and more power are all on the agenda.
The regular Q4 e-tron is sized at 4,588mm long, 1,865mm wide, and 1,632mm tall, so it lives up to its billing as an SUV positioned between the Q3 and the Q5 in terms of size – it’s more or less perfectly positioned between the two.
It has a drag coefficient of 0.28cd (0.26cd for the Sportback) due to some aerodynamically minded design features. These include the little fins on the chin spoiler, the specially shaped mirrors, a completely flat underbody and an active front grille with a closing louver.
Lighting front and rear is an important element of the Q4 e-tron’s design. The car is the first Audi to be offered with a new digital LED headlight technology with four different lighting signatures that the driver can change between. It’s also the first of Audi’s smaller models to feature a full-width LED taillight bar at the rear.
Inside lies what Audi suggests could be one of the Q4 e-tron’s major selling points: an amount of space that comes close to that in its largest SUV, the Q7. The impressive carrying capacity is largely thanks to the less stringent packaging requirements that come with electric drivetrain.
Storage is another aspect of the Q4’s innards that Audi is keen to highlight, with 25 litres of it hiding around the cabin in bins and cubbies. The interior has a large centre console with multiple functions and sockets, including an optional phone charging box, while all four doors have a large cubby suitable for carrying one litre water bottles.
The Q4 e-tron’s boot stands at 520 litres measured to the windowline (535 litres in the Sportback, but the coupe profile means space above the windowline is less). While the rear bench doesn’t quite fold flat, the amount of space when you do drop it down expands to 1,490 litres (or 1,460 litres for the Sportback).
New 2021 Audi Q4 e-tron: technology and infotainment
The Q4 e-tron is fitted as standard with a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel, with Audi’s full size 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit system available on the options list. Similarly, the 10.1-inch central infotainment screen can be upgraded to a new 11.6-inch MMI Plus touchscreen, though this won’t be available directly from launch.
The 11.6-inch MMI Plus display introduces enhanced navigation with a route planner incorporating charging stops into any longer journeys and Google Earth overlay for maps. MMI Plus also introduces live traffic data and an on-board Wi-Fi hotspot for passengers.
The Q4 e-tron also heralds the arrival of the Audi augmented reality head-up display. This new system uses clever technology to make it appear as if key driver information is not being shown on the windscreen itself, but is instead being projected into live space ten metres ahead of the car. Navigation prompts appear to float over the road ahead and guide the driver to the correct exit at a roundabout or the correct lane at a junction.
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