New 2021 Audi Q4 e-tron: prices, specs and release date
Audi’s new Q4 e-tron offers over 300 miles of range, and will be available as standard SUV and Sportback models
- New Q4 e-tron available as a regular SUV and Sportback
- Uses same platform as ID.4 SUV
- Q4 e-tron SUV on sale now, with Sportback arriving in June
The new 2021 Audi Q4 e-tron has been revealed. It’s an electric SUV that’s capable of around 316 miles of range and will be available as a standard SUV or Sportback model. The standard body style will be available to order later this month, starting from £40,750, while a price for the Sportback is expected to be confirmed closer to its June release date.
It's the first Audi production model to use the VW Group’s MEB platform, which is shared with the Volkswagen ID.4 SUV and Skoda Enyaq iV. Aside from its direct VW-derived rivals, the Q4 e-tron will also compete with several electric SUVs, including the Kia e-Niro, Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Tesla Model Y.
2021 Audi Q4 e-tron: design and practicality
Audi has carried over a number of design cues from the original Q4 e-tron concept car. The front end sports the firm’s signature SUV design with slightly raised bonnet and a pair of slim LED headlights, which will be upgradable to Matrix LEDs as an option. The hexagonal front grille is closed off to aid efficiency, with slats that open when cooler air is required. The grille features a prominent piece of trim around the edge, which is similar to the Q8 SUV. Contrasting bodywork cladding features in the lower parts of the bumpers and wheel arches. At the sides, the front and rear wings boast a sharp cut-line, which makes the car look wider. Beneath this are a pair of angular lines running across the doors and lower sills. Small Audi logos are featured on the rear quarter panel. The rear of the car gets an intricate tail-light design, similar to the e-tron GT sports car, and a rear diffuser.
As is common across the entire Audi range, buyers will be able to choose contrasting silver trim around the grille, window surrounds and badges. A Black Edition model will swap that for black trim. A range of 19 to 21-inch alloy wheels will be available across the Q4 e-tron line-up.
In standard SUV guise, the Q4 e-tron’s roofline is angled downward from the B-pillar onwards, giving it a similar side profile to the ID.4 SUV. The Sportback model has a more dramatically angled roofline, giving it the familiar coupe-SUV look. Other changes for the Sportback include a raised rear spoiler at the base of the rear windscreen running between the C-pillars.
The car’s electric drivetrain and MEB platform aids practicality. In the standard Q4 e-tron, there’s a 520-litre boot with the 40:20:20 split-folding rear seats upright, which expands to 1,490 litres when folded down. The Sportback offers slightly more storage space, with 535 litres available with the rear seats upright, which expands to 1,460 litres when folded flat.
Interior and technology
The interior of the Q4 e-tron takes design cues from the latest A3, with Audi claiming that it’s as spacious inside as the Q5 SUV thanks to the packaging of the electric powertrain.
The dashboard features an angular design, with a continuous lip across the centre to separate the upper and lower sections. The hexagonal steering wheel features touch sensitive controls with haptic feedback. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital dial cluster also features, with a 10.25-inch panel as standard and a larger 12.3-inch version on the options list. This is complemented by a standard 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard, which features an enhanced sat nav system and a route planner that can add charging points on longer journeys. An upgraded 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen will be available after launch.
A floating centre console houses the car's gear shifter, as well as providing a storage space beneath it. An array of storage cubbies are dotted around the interior as well, including a large centre console bin and bottle holders in the front door panels.
New technology includes an augmented reality head-up display. This is capable of showing sat-nav directions around 10 metres in front of the car as you drive, which are only visible from the driver’s perspective.
While full specifications of UK models have yet to be fully confirmed, a variety of safety technology is likely to be available, including collision assist, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control.
UK buyers will also be able to pick from several interior trim options, ranging from real leather upholstery and Nappa leather to a man-made faux leather option. You can also expect various contrasting trim options including piano black and carbon-fibre effect inserts and ambient interior lighting.
Performance, powertrain and charging
The Q4 e-tron SUV uses the VW Group’s dedicated MEB platform for electric cars, just like the Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback and the ID.4 SUV. This chassis keeps the batteries and electric motors low for improved dynamics and handling.
At launch, the Q4 35 e-tron kicks off the range with a rear-mounted electric motor producing 168bhp and a 52kWh battery. This powertrain is capable of 0-62mph in nine seconds and a range of up to 208 miles for the regular SUV model. Info for the Sportback model will be confirmed in the coming weeks. Charging times have yet to be fully confirmed but Audi has said that the 35 e-tron will be compatible with 100kW fast charging and 7.2kW home wallbox chargers.
The Q4 40 e-tron features a more powerful 201bhp electric motor, making it slightly quicker; 0-62mph takes 8.5 seconds and top speed is 99mph. It boasts a larger 77kWh battery, resulting in a significantly larger range figure of up to 316 miles for the regular SUV. Figures for the 40 e-tron Sportback have yet to be confirmed but Audi expects it to offer a slightly higher range figure.
The flagship Q4 50 e-tron quattro uses the same 77kWh battery as the midrange model but gets an electric motor on the front axle as well as one on the rear, making it four-wheel drive. Power is increased to 295bhp and it manages 0-62mph in only 6.2 seconds, with a top speed of 112mph. Final range figures are yet to be confirmed but Audi estimates both the regular SUV and Sportback models will be capable of around 295 on a charge.
Both the 40 and 50 e-tron can be fast charged at a maximum charging rate of 125kW, with Audi claiming a ten-minute charge adds just over 80 miles of range. Both models are also compatible with 11kW AC wallbox chargers.
Every Q4 e-tron features six selectable drive modes including ‘comfort’ and ‘auto’ for normal driving. An ‘individual’ mode allows drivers to personalise the car’s setup, with ‘dynamic’ mode sharpening the chassis and throttle response. Also featured are a pair of battery optimisation modes designed for eking out as much range as possible, with ‘range’ limiting the top speed to 55mph, which is raised to 80mph in the ‘efficiency’ setting.
Trim levels and prices
Audi has confirmed the Q4 e-tron will be available in four trim levels including an exclusive launch model. Pricing details are only confirmed for the regular SUV model, with prices for the Sportback line-up expected to follow later this year.
The range kicks off with the Sport trim, which has 19-inch alloy wheels finished in graphite grey. It also has contrasting grey exterior trim, gloss window surrounds and LED headlights. Prices for the Sport model start from £40,750.
S line models get additional sporty features with alternative front and rear bumpers, chrome exterior trim, rear privacy glass and 20-inch alloy wheels. The interior features ‘S’ logos throughout, as well as illuminated door sills, a black headliner, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and cloth and faux leather-trimmed seats. Prices for the S line trim start from £42,850.
At launch, a special Edition 1 trim will be available priced from £46,945. This model piles on the standard kit, adding Matrix LED headlights, a black exterior styling package and sports suspension, with the latter lowering the ride height by 15mm. Inside, a new hexagonal steering is fitted with shift paddles, which are used to switch between the battery regen modes.
The range-topping Vorsprung adds larger 21-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof to the standard black contrasting exterior trim. Interior upgrades include Nappa leather-trimmed seats, along with wireless smartphone connectivity and charging, and a Sonos premium stereo system. It also gets an enhanced version of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital dial setup, adding a specific e-tron graphics. Standard safety kit includes the Safety Package Plus, which adds side assist, blind spot monitoring and a rear cross traffic reversing aid. The flagship Vorsprung model starts at £54,450.
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