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AUDI Q4 E-TRON SPORTBACK

220kW 50 Quattro 82.77kWh Sport 5dr Auto C+S/Tech

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With the Q4 Sportback e-tron, Audi widens the appeal of its mid-sized all-electric EV. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

Audi's all-electric e-tron range continues to widen as more is revealed of the company's capabilities when it comes to EV technology. The e-tron sub-brand once designated PHEVs. Then it was set aside for all-electric models, the first three of those being the e-tron large SUV, the e-tron Sportback large five-door GT and the e-tron GT quattro sports saloon. But these were merely preludes to the BEV model that really matters to Ingolstadt, the Q4 e-tron, offered with a choice of body shapes, this Q4 Sportback e-tron obviously being the sportier one. Where the standard Q4 e-tron takes on the plushest versions of boxy compact EV crossovers like the Volkswagen ID.4 and the Skoda Enyaq iV, the Q4 Sportback e-tron takes aim more directly at sportier contenders in this class like the CUPRA Born. Actually, all the engineering bits that matter are common between these four cars, namely the MEB platform and the battery tech. Yet Audi claims to have put its own stamp on the way this car drives and feels. Let's see.

Driving Experience

With its Q3 and Q5 Sportback models, Audi slightly differentiates the suspension feel with base variants but there's none of that here, so the Q4 Sportback e-tron drives in the same way as the conventional Q4 model. You select drive using a slider-type shifter situated on the centre console and once underway, there's the kind of instant throttle response you'd usually get from an EV of this sort. In terms of powertrains, there's nothing we haven't seen before in Volkswagen Group EVs. Most of these tend to be chosen with the 52kWh battery that's used by the base Q4 35 e-tron, which uses a 170PS rear-driven electric motor, makes 62mph in 9.0s and has a range of 215 miles. Next up is the Q4 40 e-tron, which has a bigger 76.6kWh net capacity battery and a more powerful 204PS rear-driven motor, making 62mph in 8.5s and offering a 323 mile driving range. The flagship Q4 50 e-tron also uses the 76.6kWh battery, but has both front and rear-mounted electric motors developing a combined 299PS. Which means 62mph in just 6.2s and a range of 302 miles. Plus, with this top performance variant, the top speed is lifted from the usual Q4 maximum of 99mph to 111mph. Across the range, there's the same kind of suspension set-up you'd find in other mid-sized Audi SUVs - a MacPherson strut front and five-link rear arrangement, with sports suspension available (which lowers ride height by 15mm) and adaptive damping offered further up the range.

Design and Build

The Q4 Sportback e-tron is definitely a sleeker thing than its standard-shape counterpart - and not just visually - the drag coefficient drops from 0.28 to o.26Cd. This sportier variant's more sharply swept back silhouette culminates in a roof spoiler that sits much lower on the split and steeply raked rear window, and as the area in which the air swirls as it comes off the vehicle is restricted to the zone beneath the spoiler, that area is significantly smaller than in the ordinary Q4 e-tron. This not only highlights the more unique design of this SUV coupe, but also enhances its range by around 7 miles, while also reducing the lift on the rear. Inside, the front of cabin experience is, of course, the same as that of the ordinary Q4 e-tron, so there's a 10.25-inch instrument display and an 11.6-inch central monitor. Premium materials are generously applied around the cabin and Audi's keen to highlight the extensive interior storage areas. To accommodate the battery, the back seat is mounted 70mm higher than the front. Boot space in this Sportback actually rises slightly over the ordinary model - 535-litres rather than 520-litres; but capacity when the 40:20:40-split seatback is lowered falls slightly - 1,460-litres, rather than 1,490-litres.

Market and Model

There's a £1,500 premium to pay for Q4 Sportback e-tron ownership over the price of an ordinary Q4 e-tron (which, at the time of this test in Spring 2022 was priced from just over £42,500 as a starting point). So you'll need to find from around £44,000 more for this sleeker body style. There are lots of model options if you want to pay more, with variants ranging right the way up to just under the £70,000 price point. Yes, really. There are three main trim levels - 'Sport', 'S line' and 'Vorsprung'. And the range kicks off with the 52kWh 35 e-tron variant. You'll need well over £48,000 for the 40 e-tron derivative with the larger 76.6kWh net capacity battery; and from around £55,000 upwards for the top 50 e-tron quattro 4WD model. Base 'Sport' variants get 19-inch Graphite Grey alloy wheels, those rims upgraded to 20-inches in size with the mid-level 'S line' trim level most customers will choose. 'Manhattan Grey' contrast-coloured bumpers are a feature of the top-tier 'Vorsprung' models with their even more striking 21-inch wheels. These gain niceties like a panoramic glass sunroof, an Augmented reality head-up display and a Sonos Premium Sound System.

Cost of Ownership

We covered driving range in our 'Driving Experience' section - and in our 'Design' section referenced the extra 7 miles of range made possible because of this Sportback bodystyle's sleeker aerodynamics. What about charging? Well using a conventional garage 7kW wallbox, you can recharge the base 52kWh Q4 35 e-tron model with 175 miles of charge in eight and a half hours. Maximum charging capacity is 7.4kW on an AC system - or 100kW using DC current. What about with the larger 76.6kWh net capacity battery of the Q4 40 e-tron and Q4 50 e-tron? Well those variants have been engineered for charging speeds of up to 11kW during AC charging and 135kW for DC charging. With such a rapid public charger, WLTP testing has confirmed that in only 10 minutes, the Q4 40 e-tron can recharge enough electricity to cover a distance of about 80 miles. Charging at 135 kW in ideal conditions, the battery can achieve an 80% state of charge from a 5% starting point in 29 minutes. If you're using a conventional 7kW garage wallbox, a Q4 40 e-tron can charge 255 miles of range in eight and a quarter hours. Using the myAudi app, owners can activate charging remotely using a smartphone. The app also provides access to the comfort remote preconditioning system, which enables remote adjustment of the cabin temperature and seat heating functions to ensure that the cabin climate is always comfortable well before a journey begins. Accessing and paying for electricity while on the road can be easily taken care of using the 'e-tron Charging Service', which provides UK subscribers with one RFID payment card that is accepted at a vast number of charge points operated by 18 suppliers across the UK and Europe, and offers a choice of two fixed price charging tariffs.

Summary

Within the Q3 and Q5 ranges, the Sportback body shape tends to out-sell the conventional SUV version and we expect the same trend to be replicated here. After all, the Q4 Sportback e-tron doesn't cost vastly more than its boxier showroom stablemate, yet makes a significantly more dynamic driveway statement. There's no real penalty for the more slippery shape in terms of either boot space or rear cabin head room either. In this form, the Q4 is more likely to appeal to premium EV customers who might be looking at more stylised rivals like the Polestar 2, the Ford Mustang MACH-E, the Kia EV6 and the Hyundai IONIQ 5. Arguably, this Audi can shade all of these competitors when it comes to cabin ambiance - it has the finish, the luxury and (to some extent) the driving dynamics of an electric crossover from next class up. The kind of thing you'd get from larger EV models like the Jaguar I-PACE and the Mercedes EQC. But of course you pay for that. With Audi, it was ever thus.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Top Speed
Top Speed111mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi Smartphone Interface with wireless functionality
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Camera based traffic sign recognition
  • Lane departure warning system
  • MMI Navigation Plus with high resolution 10.1 inch touchscreen colour display
  • Power operated tailgate
  • Progressive steering
  • Swerve assist and turn assist

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • 11KW onboard charger
  • 125kW DC charging capability
  • AC and DC charging access point positioned on the rear right
  • Mode 3 AC charging cable 22 kW

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic glass windscreen
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Contrast bumpers in Manhattan grey
  • Electrically adjustable/heated/folding/dimming door mirrors with kerb view includes integrated LED indications + kerb view function for passenger side
  • Frameless auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Projection light in the exterior mirrors, e-tron logo projected from the underside of the exterior mirror onto the ground
  • Single frame grille with a structured, closed surface within an octagonal shape

Interior Features

  • 3 zone automatic air conditioning
  • 4 way electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • 40:60 Split folding rear seat or folded fully
  • Accent surfaces in gloss black - centre console control panel, switch panel and trim on front doors in gloss black
  • Auxiliary air conditioning
  • Comfort front centre armrest
  • Compact e-tron charging system
  • Door sill trims with aluminium inlay
  • Driver/passenger manual seat height adjustment
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Heated front seats
  • Household plug type G (GB)
  • Industry plug CEE 32 A/230 V/6 h/long + straight
  • Steel grey cloth headlining
  • Tool kit

Packs

  • Comfort and sound pack - Q4 E-tron
  • Gloss styling pack - Q4 E-tron
  • Non smoking pack - Q4 E-tron
  • Technology pack without Audi phone box - Q4 E-tron
  • White interior light pack - Q4 E-tron

Passive Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Active vehicle alerting system (AVAS)
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with passenger airbag deactivation
  • Electric child locks
  • Front side airbags with head airbags and interaction airbag
  • Pre-sense front with pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Anti theft alarm
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts
  • Keyless Go

Trim

  • Aluminium look interior elements
  • Inlay in black paint finish, accent surfaces on the instrument panel and centre console in silver paint effect finish

Wheels

  • 19" 5 W spoke aero alloy wheels with graphite grey gloss finish
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    82.77
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    2340
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    11
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    450
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    50
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    5-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    70
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    125
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    5-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    38
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km
    Not Available
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles
    Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    18
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH
    18.6
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL
    17.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH
    3.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL
    3.5
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    486
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEH
    472
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEL
    488
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    302
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEH
    293
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEL
    303

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    F4NA23
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
  • Badge Power
    299
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    82.77kWh
  • Coin Series
    Sport [C+S/Tech Pk]
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    37E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    93
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    89
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    66
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    80
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6.2
  • Engine Power - BHP
    299
  • Engine Power - KW
    220
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    339
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    46.9
  • Engine Torque - NM
    460
  • Top Speed
    111

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/55 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    255/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5-W SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1614
  • Length
    4588
  • Wheelbase
    2764
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2108

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2715
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1460
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    535
  • Max. Loading Weight
    575
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2140
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.5
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

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"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

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"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

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