Audi Q4 e-tron (2021) Review

Audi Q4 e-tron (2021) At A Glance

+New entry-level electric Audi SUV. Capable of up to 316 miles between charges.

-Not eligible for plug-in car grant.

Available as a standard SUV or coupe-SUV e-tron Sportback model, Audi's new electric SUV offers a premium alternative to the Skoda Enyaq iV and Volkswagen ID.4.

At the entry-level, the Q4 35 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback 35 e-tron use a compact 55kWh battery combined with an electric motor providing 170PS and torque of 310Nm. 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 (Sportback range data to be confirmed).

The Audi Q4 40 e-tron is equipped with a larger 82kWh battery and a 204PS electric motor (with 310Nm of torque), reducing the 0-62mph time of 8.5 seconds. One charge is enough for up to 316 miles of range in the SUV (Sportback range data to be confirmed).

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 82kWh battery and here it supplies an electric motor on each axle that contributes to a maximum output of 299PS and 460Nm of torque, while also delivering the advantages of all-wheel-drive.

The rear motor generates 204 PS and 310Nm, and the front 109PS and 162Nm. In the interest of efficiency, the motor on the front axle is engaged only when high power or maximum traction are needed, in which case it is activated in just a few hundredths of a second, and in many cases predictively even before the car begins to noticeably understeer or oversteer. Both motors keep reserves available for certain driving situations, and as a result the sum of their individual outputs exceeds the drive system’s quoted total .

Both model variants tackle the 0-62mph increment in 6.2 seconds and continue to a top speed of 111mph. Driving ranges of circa 295 miles are expected for UK versions of both models subject to confirmation following WLTP testing.

The smaller battery can be charged at a rate of 100kW with compatible chargers, while the bigger battery can be topped up at speeds of up to 125kW. In ideal conditions, this means the battery can be charged from five to 80 per cent in around 38 minutes.

The Audi Q4 e-tron will be offered in four distinct trim levels: Sport, S line, Edition 1 and Vorsprung. Full UK specifications are yet to be confirmed but Sport models are the most affordable, starting from £40,750 in Q4 35 e-tron flavour. Topping the range is the Vorsprung, which tops out at £65,070.

The Q4 e-tron is available to order now with UK customer cars coming in June. The Q4 e-tron Sportback will be available to order in June with UK customer cars arriving in September.

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