The New Audi Q4 e-tron
Audi's answer to the Mercedes EQA and the Volvo XC40 Recharge?
Seeing the name Q4 is definitely very weird to me, but here it finally is. We saw a first glance at the Audi Q4 e-tron a year or two ago when we saw the car in concept form, but this is the final production model. On this post I'm going to give you my overall first impressions of this car, and give my opinion on whether it's worth it or not.
The front end of the new Q4 e-tron
Let's begin with talking about the front end of the newest car to the Audi range. Now even though it's an electric car, it still has the huge Audi front grille, which is completely fake as it is an electric car and there is no combustion engine to cool down, but it does look very cool, it actually reminds me a lot of the front end of the Q8, Audi's flagship SUV. One of the standout features of the car is the lights. They are Audi's Matrix LED system, which is like basically every other adaptive LED headlight system. However, the main difference here is that these lights dance, literally! As you lock and unlock the car, the lights do a cool little animation, both front and rear, and do a similar animation when locking the car as well. But are they worth £1,075? I wouldn't say so, the regular LED lights do the job perfectly fine, and there are cars out there that come with adaptive LED lights as standard, such as the Volvo XC40 Recharge.
The beautiful side view of the new Q4 e-tron
The Q4 e-tron from this viewing angle is possibly the best looking car in it's class. From the side the Q4 e-tron is basically a stretched version of a Q3, but this is definitely not a bad thing, I think it looks better stretched compared to a Q3 and it is genuinely looks like a mini, full size e-tron. I absolutely love it, from the black inserts around the wheel arch and the side skirt to the bold body creases, which makes the car look very muscular and tough, but not in a way that it looks ugly, its very Audi and its absolutely brilliant.
The simplistic but beautiful rear end of the Q4 e-tron
This is personally my favourite angle to the Q4 e-tron, the rear end. It is not only minimalist, but also very attention grabbing, this is all down to that stunning full length light bar, which is honestly breathtaking and I absolutely love it. Another thing I love is the rear bumper, no fake exhausts, and the e-tron logo engraved on the upper part of the rear bumper. This rear design is definitely very unique, and I think that it is better looking from the rear compared to the Volvo XC40 Recharge and the Mercedes EQA, which also has a full length light bar, but doesn't do it anywhere near as well as Audi in my opinion. Overall in fact, I do not think anyone in this class can match this Q4 e-tron in terms of exterior styling, to me its the best looking car in the small premium electric SUV segment.
The lovely new interior of the Q4 e-tron
Now we can move to the interior of the Q4 e-tron, and like the exterior, it is very stylish and modern. One of the most prominent features is the new steering wheel, which has a four spoke design, which I think is very reminiscent of posher Audi's like the A8, and it also has touch sensitive buttons on the wheel itself, which may not be popular with some buyers as they may prefer physical buttons, although it does have haptic feedback, which means it's not as bad as you probably think. Being a modern Audi, it has the incredible Virtual Cockpit digital drivers display and the 10 inch MMI touchscreen. Both of these things come as standard on all models. The gear selector is very minimalistic, being an electric car it doesn't need a huge gear selector so it doesn't take up any space at all really. I also like the design of the air vents, which looks like one huge piece.
A better look of the Q4 e-tron's seats
From this perspective we can see the Q4 e-tron's seats, which are surprisingly posh looking, its a very similar design to the sporty seats you find in some of Audi's sportier models, this is mainly due to the headrests being sort of integrated with the seat itself. Knowing Audi, these seats are likely very comfortable, but if you dare go round a sharp bend, they should prevent you from falling out of your seat. In the image above you can also see a glimpse of the multicolour ambient lighting, which unlike the lovely screens are not standard. Overall, I actually think the interior of this is better than the Volvo XC40 Recharge, and on par with the Mercedes EQA.
Trim Levels and Equipment
There are currently four trim levels for the Q4 e-tron. The starter model is the Sport, which has 19 inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, Cloth sports seats, the 10 inch MMI Navigation Plus screen and the Audi Virtual Cockpit and 3 zone climate control, which is a surprisingly nice feature.
The next model up is the S-Line, which has 20 inch alloy wheels, S Line styling for the exterior, Tinted glass, Cloth/Leatherette sport seats with the 'S' Logo embossed onto the seat itself (I think that is a class touch) and the ambient lighting package. Personally I think this is the pick of the range.
Then there is the Edition 1, which has Audi Sport 20 inch alloy wheels finished in Titanium Grey, Audi Matrix LED Headlights with the cool light animations and the dynamic light sequencing and dynamic indicators, a black styling pack mated with the S Styling pack for the exterior, Full leather 'S' sport seats which has an electrically operated drivers seat and electric exterior mirrors, and an upgraded flat top and bottomed sports steering wheel with shift paddles which controls the strength of the energy recuperation system.
Finally there is the Vorsprung, which has the top of the range 21 inch Audi Sport alloy wheels, Nappa leather 'S' sport seats with quilted diamond stitching, a panoramic sunroof, a SONOS sound system, augmented reality head up display and plenty of Audi's very clever driver assistance systems, which includes the adaptive cruise control and more.
There is a wide range of Battery sizes for the Q4 e-tron, the basic one is the 35 e-tron, which has rear wheel drive and 170 horsepower and 310 NM of torque, it has a top speed of 99 MPH and a 0-60 time of 9 seconds.
The next battery size is the 40 e-tron, which also has rear wheel drive only and 204 horsepower and the same 310 NM of torque as the 35 e-tron, it also has a top speed of 99 MPH and has a 0-60 time in 8.5 seconds.
The biggest battery size available is the 50 e-tron quattro, this is the only battery size which has the quattro all wheel drive system. It has 300 horsepower and 460 NM of torque, it has a top speed of 111 MPH and can do 0-60 in 6.2 seconds.
The Q4 e-tron is priced around the same amount as the Mercedes EQA, the basic 35 e-tron with rear wheel drive in the Sport trim starts from £40,035, the mid level 40 e-tron in Sport trim starts from £44,275 and the top of the range 50 e-tron quattro, once again in Sport trim, starts from £50,655. The most popular engine will most likely be the 35 e-tron, as it has plenty of power and the instant power from the electric motor will be very useful, and rear wheel drive sounds promising in terms of sporty driving, whether you'll be able to get the rear end to misbehave is something I do not know.
Overall, I think the Q4 e-tron is much more reasonably priced than an EQA and an XC40 Recharge, and it still has around the same amount of equipment as those cars, it is also a bit bigger, so it should be more practical, it is also the best looking in my opinion as well, I cannot wait to see it in the flesh.