The Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron are two fully electric compact luxury sport utility vehicles
One version, the Audi Q4 50 e-tron coming to North America for now
Will get a 77 kWh battery
It feels like the Audi Q4 e-tron has been around a while, but today is the first day we actually get to see the production version.
The original concept was unveiled back at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show while the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept was unveiled back in July. Since then, we’ve seen glimpses of the interior and received bits and pieces of info on technology and performance, but today Audi finally put all the parts together to show the production versions of both compact luxury electric SUVs.
The new Q4 e-tron family joins the Audi Quattro e-tron and the Audi e-tron GT sedan in Audi’s electric vehicle portfolio, and already we can assume it will be the best-selling Audi EV. It will be the most affordable, certainly, although official pricing will come later.
Pricing and performance
It is designed to compete with the Tesla Model Y and to a certain extent the Ford Mustang Mach-E, and eventually the new BMW IX3 and Mercedes-Benz EQC. That means that a starting price of around $65,000 in Canada and $55,000 in the US would make sense.
North America will only get one version to start, the Audi Q4 50 e-tron and Q4 50 Sportback e-tron, the top-of-the-line Q4 e-tron trim. Europe will also get 35 and 40 versions.
Our Q4 e-tron will feature a dual electric motor setup that powers all four wheels connected to a 77-kWh battery. North American range isn’t confirmed, but the Q4 e-tron 40 will top the lineup at 520 kilometres (323 miles) on the WLTP circuit. As for the Audi Q4 50 e-tron, Audi says it will offer 488 kilometres (303 miles) in the Q4 e-tron and 497 kilometres (308 miles) in the Q4 Sportback e-tron, again on the WLTP test. Expect around 350 kilometres for the Q4 50 e-tron and slightly more for the Q4 50 e-tron Sportback in North America.
Total output is 220 kW, or roughly 295 horsepower and 0-100 km/h is achieved in just over 6.0 seconds. Towing capacity is rated at 1,200 kg.
As for charging, the 2022 Q4 e-tron will be compatible with a 125-kW fast charger that can add 130 kilometres of range (80 miles) in 10 minutes.
Interior space and versatility
The 2022 Audi Q4 e-tron’s goal is to be your family’s main mode of transportation and has been built with versatility in mind. More than 520 litres of cargo space await in the back, and the interior has the length of a full-size SUV.
The lack of major mechanical components means more storage space as well. There’s no centre tunnel, for example, and no gear lever. The doors can receive a 1.5-litre container.
Although it is Audi’s new entry-level electric vehicle, the 2022 Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron get a range of exclusive tech including a new available 11.6-inch centre touchscreen, the largest ever put in an Audi. The virtual instrument cluster behind the steering wheel measures 10.25 inches.
A new steering wheel with backlit flat buttons and haptic feedback was also designed for the Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron.
The German automaker has partnered with Sonos to create a new audio system exclusive to the model. Moreover, Audi’s augmented reality heads-up display is available on the Q4 e-tron.
Lastly, there are a range of recycled materials used to create the interior including recycled fibres for the carpets.
The 2022 Audi Q4 e-tron goes on sale at the end of 2021 while the Q4 Sportback e-tron will start shipping in early 2022.
Our thoughts on the 2022 Audi Q4 e-tron
Audi will be the first of the big three German brands to bring a luxury compact electric SUV to North America, and that’s a big deal. If you’re not sold on Tesla and want a small electric utility vehicle with some luxury, you don’t have any alternatives right now. The Q4 e-tron will be that alternative.
It appears to have everything one expects of an Audi, and a lot of luxury inside. The versatility is also impressive, again on paper. The question that remains is the range, and whether that range and the Q4 e-tron’s performance justify what is sure to be a significant price difference with the Volkswagen ID.4 on which it is based.