- Eye-catching distinctive proportions as a recognition feature
- Interior and operation rethought
- Performance, range and prices of the Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron
The Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron see themselves as versatile all-rounders for everyday use. Three drive variants of the Stromer come onto the market, at the top of which is a quattro model with a peak output of 220 kW/299 hp. The maximum range is listed as 520 km (WLTP), with the cheapest entry-level variant at 41.900 euros starts – even before claiming the environmental bonus and the innovation bonus.
Eye-catching distinctive proportions as a recognition feature
Both the Audi Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron are characterized by distinctive proportions. These can be seen in short front overhangs, large wheels and powerfully formed muscles. All lines are drawn with the utmost precision, the surface treatment appears clear and reduced. On the Sportback, the particularly low, coupe-like roof line leads to an expressive rear end where the spoiler sits low on the two-part window. The well thought-out design also expresses itself in the presentable air resistance coefficient of 0.28 CW at the Q4 E-TRON, as well as 0.26 CW at the sportback.
Optionally, the stromer with matrix LED headlamps drive from the tape, which can be embedded accordingly in the four digital light signatures. In terms of colors, as a customer, one has the choice between eight paintings, including the new color auroraviolet metallic. In addition to the basic version, there are the two exterior lines Advanced and S Line. Both strometers come with a length of 4.59 meters therefore and can accommodate five people. Where the Q4 E-TRON and the sportsback variant in the interior offer significantly more space than comparable combustion SUV; justified by the non-existent midrange tunnel.
When it comes to storage, the Q4 e-tron series scores with a total of around 25 liters of storage space. The luggage compartment also exceeds the dimensions usual in the compact class – it corresponds to that of the middle class: Depending on the position of the rear seat backrests, the volume of the Q4 e-tron is 520 to 1.490 liters, with the Sportback it is 535 to 1.460 liters under an electrically driven flap. Both models can carry trailers up to 1.000 kilograms of weight (braked, on a 12 percent incline), the respective quattro variants even up to 1.200 kilograms.
Interior and operation rethought
Due to the space gained by building it on an independent e-platform, the interior appears correspondingly wide and airy. The controls are clearly focused on the driver. The instrument panel is divided into separate areas and integrates two displays, which are also design elements. A separate horizontal control island carries the shifter for selecting the gears. There are seat covers for the sporty S line interior that contain a large proportion of recycled polyester. Around 26 recycled 1.5 liter PET bottles are used for each seat.
The steering wheel with its seamless touch surfaces, which the driver uses to control the digital instrument cluster, is completely new. Infotainment and navigation are primarily operated via the central MMI touch display, which will also be available in the largest configuration with 11.6 inches towards the end of the year. Operation via natural language forms the third operating level.
The optional augmented reality head-up display on the Stromer will definitely be an eye-catcher. This lays the instructions of some assistance systems and the symbols of the navigation for the driver’s view over the real outside world. They are dynamically displayed in a large viewing window. There they appear to be virtually floating at a distance of around 10 meters or more from the driver.
Performance, range and prices of the Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron
However, the range is likely to be more decisive in everyday life. Here, the Q4 40 e-tron can travel up to 520 kilometers (WLTP) with one battery charge. The optional heat pump uses the waste heat and the ambient air to air-condition the interior. This makes a further contribution to increasing efficiency, especially over longer distances. Thanks to a maximum charging capacity of 125 kW, under ideal conditions, it can charge for around 130 kilometers in around ten minutes. It should be noted that the charging speed varies depending on the battery size. The compact battery has a charging speed of up to 7.2 kW with AC charging and up to 100 kW with HPC charging (HPC = High Power Charging) with direct current. The large battery enables up to 11 kW with AC and up to 125 kW with HPC charging as standard.
A total of two battery and three drive variants are available. The compact battery for the Q4 35 e-tron offers 52 kWh net energy content (55 kWh gross), while the large battery in the Q4 40 e-tron and Q4 50 e-tron quattro models has 77 and 82 kWh, respectively. There are also corresponding differences in terms of performance: in the Q4 35 e-tron and the Q4 40 e-tron, an electric motor drives the rear axle, which has an output of 125 kW (170 hp) and 150 kW (204 hp) respectively. The top-of-the-line Q4 50 e-tron quattro uses two electric motors for electric all-wheel drive. They bring it to a maximum output of 220 kW (299 hp) – enough for a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 180 km/h, which is electronically limited.
“In 2021, the electric offensive at Audi will continue to gain momentum. For the first time, more than half of all newly introduced models are electrified in one year. This will more than double the number of our all-electric models, from three to seven.“ – Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG
The Audi Q4 e-tron will be launched in the European markets in June 2021, the Q4 Sportback e-tron will follow in late summer. Prices start at 41.900 euros for the Q4 35 e-tron, the Sportback is around 2.000 euros above that. The market launch is flanked by two edition models: the elegant Edition One in geyser blue brings the design of the Q4 e-tron concept show car into series production, while the progressive Edition One in typhoon gray draws attention to itself with its distinctively sporty and dynamic accents. The edition models are consistently around 6.195 euros over the regular models.
No matter which Q4 e-tron or Q4 e-tron Sportback model you choose, they leave the production line with a climate-neutral balance sheet. The plant in Zwickau uses green electricity, and the suppliers of the battery cells are also obliged to use only “green” electricity in production. Furthermore, Audi makes sure that emissions that cannot currently be avoided are offset by TuV-certified climate protection projects. They meet the strict requirements of the Gold Standard Foundation.
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