Audi Q4 e-tron & Q4 Sportback e-tron – Electric, efficient and emotional


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They are versatile all-rounders for everyday use, which bring progressive design and conceptual studies into serial production and can be driven without local exhaust emissions: the Audi Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron are the first compact electric SUVs from the brand with four rings.

Both models are highly impressive with a new dimension of interior space and revolutionary solutions in terms of operation, display and assist systems. The Augmented Reality Head-up display connects the virtual and the real worlds in a whole new way.
There are three drive versions to choose from, with the best one provided in the quattro model with a maximum power output of 220 kW (299 hp). The attributes they all share are driving with zero local exhaust emissions and high ranges, as well as charging times of only ten minutes, which gives sufficient power to travel about 130 kilometres in ideal conditions (WLTP cycle) and convenient charging with the e-tron Charging Service. The rear-wheel drive Q4 40 e-tron achieves a range of up to 520 kilometres in the WLTP cycle.

The next step of the Audi brand: external design

With the Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron, Audi is taking the next step in the design of its electric models: both compact SUVs bring into series production the body lines that the Audi Q4 concept and the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept demonstrated in early 2019. The exterior design is extremely impressive with its striking proportions: short front overhang, large wheels and remarkable athletic elements. In the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron, the especially low coupé-style roofline ends in an expressively designed rear, where the spoiler is positioned low on the two-part window.
The brand’s progressive design, both functional and aerodynamic, is typical for Audi: the Q4 e-tron achieves a drag coefficient of 0.28, and the Sportback gets to an even lower 0.26.
On request, both compact electric SUVs can be delivered with Matrix LED headlights – in this way, the road will always be illuminated as brightly as possible without blinding other road users. The digital light signatures are a world’s first: the driver can choose among four of them in the MMI touch system.
At the rear, a light strip connects the taillight units to each other. There is a total of eight colours available for the exterior paint finish, among which is the new metallic Aurora violet shade.

One vehicle for everyone and everything: e-mobility for everyday life and all lifestyles

Thanks to their versatility, the Audi Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron models are the perfect companions in every situation. At 4.59 meters in length, they offer a package that gives the passengers on board additional space, going beyond existing class boundaries. The available space in the interior is comparable to the one in a higher class of SUVs, and there is no central tunnel. The feeling of spaciousness is not confined only to the front seats – passengers in the rear will also benefit from generous legroom thanks to the advantages of the basic technical version, designed as an all-electric platform.
The boot also offers more space than is typical for the compact class – its volume is equal to the one in the mid-size class: depending on the position of the rear seat backs, the volume is 520 to 1,490 litres in the Q4 e-tron, and 535 to 1,460 litres under the electric boot lid in the Sportback.

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