New Audi Q4 E-Tron: 320+mile family electric car revealed

  • All-new Q4 e-Tron arrives in June 2021
  • Available with more than 320 miles of range
  • Loads of interior tech, plus customisable headlights

Audi Q4 E-Tron Sportback (2021) front view

Audi has officially revealed the new all-electric Q4 E-Tron. It's the company's first car based on the same technology as the Volkswagen ID.3 and Skoda Enyaq iV and is available as a regular SUV or coupe-like Sportback (above) version.

The Q4 E-Tron introduces some new technology and offers some choice in terms of price and range. Firstly, there will be three variants from launch, the 35, 40 and 50 quattro. As you may have already guessed, the 50 Quattro features all-wheel drive as standard – the 35 and 40 versions are rear-wheel drive only.

What versions are available?

 Model Power Acceleration Battery
Range Bodystyle
35 170hp 9.0sec 0-62mph 52kWh
211/216-miles SUV/Sportback
40 204hp 8.5sec 0-62mph 77kWh 323/328-miles SUV/Sportback
50 Quattro  300hp 6.2sec 0-62mph 77kWh 303/309-miles SUV/Sportback

All competitive figures, then, and it leaves room for Audi to introduce potentially cheaper and faster variants at either end. Let’s not forget, for example, that the E-Tron also has a hot S variant with an additional motor.

Rivals? There are a few that include the Skoda Enyaq iV, Volkswagen ID.3, BMW iX3 and Mercedes-Benz EQA and EQC. The market for mid-sized electric SUVs is really starting to heat up.

Audi Q4 E-Tron Sportback (2021) rear view

Audi Q4 E-Tron charging and range

The Q4 E-Tron can support 11kW AC charging and up to 125kW DC charging, with Audi claiming around 80 miles can be zapped into its new EV in just 10 minutes using those fastest of chargers.

Audi also offers something called ‘E-Tron Charging Service.’ It’s not an unheard of concept from manufacturers – you’re essentially given an RFID card and sign up to a tariff that gives you streamlined access to chargers from different networks, saving you the pain of signing up to individual ones.

Concept car looks and cutting-edge tech

Audi Q4 E-Tron SUV (2021) front view

Very little has changed between the production Q4 and the concept car that debuted a couple of years ago. The Q4 SUV’s (above) relatively boxy shape is emphasised by clean-cut wheelarches, a blocked-out grille in a very familiar Audi shape, and a single light panel that stretches across the rear. If you choose the optional matrix LED lights, you can customise the way the daytime running lights look with four distinct patterns.

Details new to the Q4 include a steering wheel with a flat top and bottom (with haptic touch panel buttons) on S-line models and additional storage cubbies, including bottle holders in the door armrests. The central MMI touchscreen (10.1-inch as standard, 11.6-inch as an option) still has haptic feedback like most larger Audis, but there is only one touchscreen, with manually-controlled air-con switchgear below it.

Much like VW’s ID.3 and ID.4, along with the latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the Q4 will be available with an optional augmented-reality head-up display. The AR-HUD actively displays navigation directions in your field of view, gives you markers for the car in front when you have the adaptive cruise system active and even flags up the edges of your lane if you stray out of them.

Audi is particularly promoting the practicality aspect of the new Q4, saying that while it has the rough exterior dimensions of a Q3, it has space inside akin to the Q5 and quality like a Q7. The Q4 has a sliding rear bench, allowing for a boot volume of 520 litres in the non-Sportback variant.

What this means for you

There's plenty of choice, and this one looks sleek, classy and very modern. Pick from either the SUV or Sportback versions depending on your own taste when it goes on sale in June 2021. Expect a price tag for the entry-level Q4 e-Tron 35 to start at around £37,000, although in true Audi style, optioning it up will no doubt see the price escalate massively.

Audi Q4 E-Tron SUV (2021) rear view