Audi Q4 e-Tron: First All-Electric Compact Crossover from Audi
Four new Audi Lighting Signatures to choose from
Augmented Reality Heads Up Display with Real-Time Navigation
323-mile range on top-spec Q4 e-Tron with 77kWH battery
Fast Charging up to 125 kW
Prices estimated to start around $45,000
After the launch of the Racy E-Tron GT sedan in February, Audi launched two new hybrid crossovers on Wednesday: the 2022 Q4 E-Tron and Q4 Sportback E-Tron. With their inclusion in the Audi lineup, the starting price for an Audi electric car has reduced by more than $20,000.
Audi’s ambitions for the luxury electric vehicle market are high. The 2022 Q4 e-Tron and Q4 e-Tron Sportback SUVs will almost double the volume of the manufacturer’s EV-focused e-Tron lineup.
So What Is The Q4 E-Tron?
The Q4 e-Tron is essentially the upmarket sibling of the Volkswagen ID.4. It is built on VW groups versatile MEB Platform.
The Q4 e-Tron twins, which are smaller than the mid-size e-Tron SUV, sit on a footprint between Q3 and Q5 SUVs.
There are two versions of the Q4 e-Tron to choose from. A standard crossover body with a sport-back version added.
The Q4 e-Tron models will compete with other electric crossovers like the Tesla Model Y and the Volvo XC40 Recharge.
Audi Q4 E-Tron concept & Exterior Design
According to Audi, the Q4 e-Tron models features the shortest overhangs ever on any Audi. From afar, the vehicle can be instantly distinguished as an Audi with its trademark single-frame grille, which is completely closed in this case, considering it is an EV.
Some other Design cues include a pronounced crease line behind the rear door, which is unmistakably inspired by the legendary Audi QUATTRO. The tailgate is dominated by a full-length Lightbar that runs across the entire width of the vehicle. Purists will find a hint of the old Audi A2 on the Sportback model. This is especially true when seen head-on from the back.
Audi’s LED Lighting signature, which is a hallmark of the brand, can be configured using the MMI system with four individual light signatures to choose from the higher-spec variants.
According to Audi, Lighting will act as a means of communication with the surrounding entities like cyclists, pedestrians, etc., and the Q4 opens the door for the future of lighting.
The sport-back variant features an integrated spoiler at the rear designed to lower the drag coefficient and increase downforce significantly.
Dimensionally the Q4 e-Tron is 4.59 meters long, 1.90 meters wide, 1.61 meters tall. Although these dimensions might portray a relatively compact electric crossover, an EV that uses a battery pack that sits flat to the floor frees up more room and gives more flexibility for engineers to work with.
The clever packaging on the Q4 e-Tron combines A+ Segment Dimensions with B Segment Cargo Volume and interior room of a C or D Segment vehicle. These compact proportions make for a great city car.
Q4 E-Tron Gets a Next Level Interior combining Luxury & Technology
Climbing into the Cabin of the Q4 e-Tron, one can almost instantly get the feeling of being sat in a tech-laden interior.
A conventional round steering wheel is standard; however, a more squared-off wheel with a flat top and bottom can be had as an optional extra. You can interact with the switchgear on the steering with touch or swipe gestures. (It wouldn’t be Audi without the extras)
What also catches your attention are the two screens that dominate the dash which features cutting-edge display technologies.
A driver’s 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster with Audi’s latest-generation Virtual Cockpit and the center 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display.
Despite its compact exterior dimensions, the vehicle’s wheelbase of 2.77 meters puts it at least one class higher.
With the absence of a transmission tunnel, there is room to house a floating center console which makes the footwell feel roomy. Just as with the front, the rear-seat space is also quite accommodating, with the ability to seat six-foot adults with ease and room to spare.
Just like with any other Audi, every surface that you see and touch is made with top-notch materials and exudes a sense of luxury and quality. Audi Interiors are renowned and are known to combine luxury, quality, and technology into a comprehensive package.
With the Q4 e-Tron, Audi has gone a step further with the inclusion of recycled materials (available in select markets only) in the Cabin for the seat upholstery and floor mats to showcase the brand’s commitment towards sustainable mobility.
The Cargo space is pretty generous at 18.4 cubic feet. This figure grows significantly to 52.6 cubic feet with the rear seat’s folded down making for a capaciously usable trunk.
With this outstanding Cabin, Audi is a contender for one of the best vehicles in the compact electric crossover class.
2022 Audi Q4 e-Tron EV Gets Augmented-Reality Head-up Display/Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
There are several driver-assistance technology features on the new Audi Q4 e-Tron. One of the standout features on the new Audi Q4 e-Tron has to be the augmented reality head-up display that directly projects dynamic floating arrows onto the windshield for navigation.
The Augmented Reality Heads-up Display is only activated when driving. The two-level display shows Navigation, Speed limit, and other assistance systems.
Audi is putting an emphasis on the digitization of the onboard experience where you can interact with the vehicle using the command ‘Hey Audi.’
As part of the driver assistance kit, the top-spec Q4 comes with a front radar sensor with a camera, four surround-view cameras at each corner, two rear radar sensors, as well as eight ultrasonic sensors.
As a consequence, the vehicle has a highly accurate overview of its environment. Lane departure warning and collision assist are included in the standard safety package.
Other features, including adaptive cruise control with lane centering, a driver tracking system that actively monitors driver exhaustion and fatigue, rear cross-traffic warning, standard blind-spot monitoring, standard forward-collision warning, and a surround-view camera system, helps alleviate the stress of, well, driving.
Performance & Ride
The Volkswagen modular electrification platform (MEB) is available in a variety of drivetrains and powertrain configurations. On the Q4, which Audi refers to as Quattro, an electric motor powers both the front and rear axles.
The axles do not have any mechanical link. Instead, torque is electronically regulated, ensuring that the torque distribution is optimally coordinated in fractions of a second. This allows the electric SUV to maintain optimal traction in any weather and on any surface.
The Q4 e-Tron is supposed to have specs similar to the AWD variant of the ID.4 but with a longer-range 82-kW battery.
Although the base powertrain with rear-wheel-drive consists of a single 201-hp electric motor and a 77.0-kWh battery pack, Audi also offers more power with a 295-hp dual-motor system all-wheel-drive setup that promises a 6.2-second time from zero to 62 mph.
Like the ID4, the suspension has McPherson struts up front and a five-line arrangement in the back, with dampers and coil springs at all four corners.
Audi’s optional dynamic kit (which is standard on E-Tron S Line vehicles) lowers the suspension and introduces a variable-ratio steering system is where the two cars vary. The adaptive suspension monitors the road every five milliseconds and adjusts to your driving style.
When you want stout handling, this best of all worlds approach should provide it, and when you don’t, it should provide comfortable cruising.
Comfort, auto, efficiency, individual, and dynamic modes are among the five driving modes available to choose from. If you’re feeling particularly daring, you can altogether disable traction and stability control in the Audi Q4 E-Tron SUV.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
There are two battery options available, just like the ID.4. The 77.0-kWh battery pack is standard, and Audi expects a driving range of 250 miles for this lower-powered version. This range will be reduced on the more powerful Q4 50 e-Tron model with AWD.
ACCORDING TO AUDI, the Q4 e-Tron supports charging up to 125 kW and can reach 80 percent charge in around 30 minutes. Audi also announced that customers would have access to more than 210,000 fast-charging stations throughout Europe. The EPA-Estimated Driving Range has yet to score any of the three models, but Audi has put some of them through Europe’s World Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure, or WLTP in short.
The WLTP approximate range of the Q4 35 E-Tron is 221 miles of range(355 kilometers), while the swoopier Sportback body has a driving range of 216 miles on a single charge. The WLTP hasn’t given a rating to the most potent Quattro model, but the Q4 e-Tron 40 model with the 77 kWh battery pack was rated 323 miles of range(520km).
Here’s What to Expect from the Audi Q4 e-Tron
The Audi Q4 e-Tron compact electric SUV and the VW ID.4 based on the same MEB platform began production in Zwickau, Germany, around the same time.
Along with the VW ID.4 and the Audi Q4 e-Tron share the MEB platform. The full-size Audi e-Tron now has a smaller sibling. Before the market launch of the Q4 e-Tron, the Ingolstadt-based automaker had released images of its fifth all-electric model.
Audi Q4 e-Tron Price
According to Audi, the Q4 e-Tron and Q4 Sportback e-Tron EVs will arrive in US dealerships by the end of 2021, with the base model expected to have a starting price of just under $45,000. And that’s before the federal tax credit, which could reduce the cost by another $7,500.
With the launch of the Q4 e-Tron, Audi finally has a competent product to compete in the fast-growing compact crossover luxury class. It will go up against cars like the Tesla Model Y, the Volvo XC40 Recharge, the Nissan Ariya, and the BMW iX4.
Audi has also taken great strides towards electric mobility and sustainability with the Q4 e-Tron models and will have a net carbon-neutral footprint across its value chain.
Audi’s baby EV will take on the likes of the Volvo XC40 Recharge Tesla Model Y but will likely stay north of the price range of some other new competitors, including the Nissan Ariya Kia EV6.
The Q4 e-Tron twins will join the E-Tron GT Sport sedan and the larger E-Tron SUV in Audi’s line up of fully electric vehicles.
How long does the Audi e-Tron battery last?
The battery packs on modern Audi’s are designed to last a long time. By using the correct charging technique, one can significantly extend the life of the battery.
Is the Audi e-Tron worth it?
Audi offers a compelling luxury product with the e-Tron. If solid build quality and functionality are priorities, it makes the Audi a worthwhile option.
Can I charge an Audi e-Tron at a Tesla supercharger?
It is not possible to charge vehicles from other brands at this point at Tesla’s supercharger network. Rumors suggest that this might be about to change.
Is Audi e-Tron fully electric?
The company’s EV-centric E-Tron lineup is Audi’s Sub-brand and answers to electrification.
Is Audi going all-electric?
The brand, like many other mainstream automakers, is heading in that direction. Audi says it is set to launch 20 fully electric cars by 2025.
Is Audi e-Tron 4 wheel drive?
Audi is renowned for its legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive system. On the Q4 e-Tron, the base model can also be had with a two-wheel drive. The AWD is reserved for the top-spec model with improved performance.