Launch Car Review – New Audi Q4 e-tron

by Gazette Reporter

Audi Ireland is adding the Audi Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron to its electric offering, the first compact electric SUVs from Audi.

Both models impress with a new spacious dimension in the interior and pioneering solutions when it comes to operation, display, and assist systems. The augmented reality head-up display connects the virtual and the real worlds in a totally new way. Irish motorists have an attractive entry point into the premium world of e-mobility. Now available in Ireland, the Audi Q4 e-tron prices will start from €41,465, including grants, VRT relief and delivery.

Living Progress;

With the Q4 e-tron, Audi is presenting a true all-rounder – a confident companion for everyday life and leisure, and is suitable in every way as a household’s main car. With the highest performance battery delivering up to 220 kW of power and capable of sprinting from 0 – 100 km/h in under 6.3 seconds drivers don’t have to compromise on driving dynamics. High performance doesn’t just mean power output, with the Q4 e-tron 40 and Q4 e-tron 50 quattro capable of charging at a fast charge station with up to 125 kW, which takes just 38 minutes to charge from 5% to 80%. With a range varying from 330 – 511 kilometres on a full charge, the Audi Q4 e-tron is the embodiment of Living Progress.

Powerful, Muscular Stance;

The Q4 e-tron’s body line impresses thanks its short front overhangs, large wheels, and powerfully toned muscles. All lines are drawn with the greatest precision, and the surface treatment is clear and pared back. In the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron, the especially low coupé-style roofline ends in an expressively designed rear where the spoiler sits deep on the two-part window. The brand’s progressive design is typically Audi, as functional as it is aerodynamic: The Q4 e-tron achieves a drag coefficient of 0.28, and the Sportback gets to an even lower figure, with a drag coefficient of 0.26.

Class-Leading Space;

Thanks to their versatility, the Audi Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron are the perfect companions in every situation. At 4.59 metres in length, they offer a package that gives the passengers on board new spaces and which goes beyond existing class boundaries. The available space in the interior is comparable with the full-size SUV class, and there is no centre tunnel. The feeling of spaciousness is not just confined to the front seats – with the generous legroom, passengers in the rear also benefit from the advantage of the technological platform, which is designed as electric-only. When it comes to storage compartments, the Q4 e-tron product line scores high grades with total storage space of around 25 litres, and the bottle holders integrated in the upper section of the doors are a further highlight. The interior of the Audi Q4 e-tron is spacious and airy, and the instrument panel is turned toward the driver for greater efficiency. It is divided into separate areas and integrates two displays, which are design elements at the same time. Three trim levels are on offer in the new Q4 e-tron – Advance, Sport and S Line – with a long list of optional extras available for the ultimate in personalisation. Standard equipment across the model range is impressive, with cutting-edge technology and infotainment systems, along with LED front & rear lights, stylish 19 or 20-inch alloy wheels (depending on the trim level chosen), aluminium roof rails, foldable rear seat, and a double-spoke leather sports steering wheel – flattened at the top and bottom – with multifunction and shift paddles.

Flawless Driving Experience;

The new Audi Q4 e-tron was launched to the Irish motoring press recently, and I was given the opportunity to spend a glorious 60 minutes behind the wheel of a new Q4 e-tron 40 ‘Advance’, which looked amazing in Pebblestone Grey metallic paint. Producing 204bhp and a hefty 310Nm of torque, along with a battery range of up to 511km, the Q4 e-tron 40 is the model that Audi Ireland predict will attract the majority of customers. The Q4 e-tron is a joy to drive on a stretch of twisty country road, where it really doesn’t feel like a two-tonne SUV at all. The flat-top and flat-bottom steering wheel feels great and adds a real dash of sportiness to the cabin, while the overall spaciousness within the Q4 e-tron is similar to that found in the Audi Q5 SUV – a marvellous achievement considering the external footprint is similar in size to Audi’s Q3 SUV. There are the usual drive modes to select from – Comfort, Auto, Efficiency, Individual or Dynamic. Both ‘Range’ and ‘Efficiency’ boost efficiency by limiting the maximum speed, but there’s also a ‘B’ mode on the gear selector which boosts energy recuperation, with the advantage of being able to adjust the amount of regeneration by using the paddles on the steering wheel. The instant torque from the Q4 e-tron’s electric motor enables flawless acceleration from a standing start, while overtaking manoeuvres can be performed with confidence. A strong brake pedal feel, responsive steering and excellent road manners left a very positive impression on me at the end of my relatively short initial drive, and I am looking forward to spending a week with the new Audi Q4 e-tron in the near future so that I can provide readers with a full road test review. Audi’s fully-electric compact SUV is the perfect companion for everyday family life, and with a range of up to 504km, is suitable in every way as a household’s main car.

Quick Facts;

  1. Fully-Electric Compact SUV
  2. Range Up To 511km’s
  3. Easy Charging Options
  4. Class-Leading Space
  5. On Sale NOW.
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