Audi has taken the wraps off their new all-electric crossover SUVs – the Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback. The suffix 'e-tron' refers to the fact that the Q4 is exclusively offered with an electric powertrain setup. The Sportback sports an unconventional styling for an SUV and has a more SUV-coupe-like design language. For the model year 2024, the German automaker announced a series of updates for the Crossover and the Sportback in Audi's Q4 vertical. After updates, the Q4 e-tron family now promises more power and range, with a 400V rear-mounted synchronous electric motor, faster charging times, and a better suspension setup for improved ride comfort. The 2024 Q4 twins will go on sale in the European market later this month, according to Audi. The latest iteration of the Q4 e-tron will be manufactured at the company's plant in Brussels, Belgium, and Volkswagen's plant in Zwickau, Germany. The pricing details are anticipated to be made known closer to their launch timeline in the UK.
2024 Audi Q4 e-tron, Q4 e-tron Sportback: Powertrain, Range, Top Speed
Both the Q4 e-tron and the Q4 e-tron Sportback share the same mechanicals and power source. They are offered in two new variants – the Audi Q4 45 e-tron and the Audi Q4 55 e-tron – corresponding to the Audi Q4 40 e-tron and Audi Q4 50 e-tron variants. While the Audi Q4 45 e-tron is offered as a rear-wheel-drive, the 55 e-tron gets an all-wheel-drive (Quattro) layout.
The Q4 e-tron range gets a 77kWh lithium-ion battery, as the smaller 51.5kWh battery has been done away with. The power output for the 45 variant is rated at 282bhp, which is a decent increase from the e-tron 40's 201bhp. The 45 e-tron Quattro offers the same power output as the 45 e-tron. The Q4 45 e-tron (rear-wheel drive) can the 0 to 100km/h sprint in 6.7 seconds, while the Quattro takes 6.6 seconds for the same sprint. The top-of-the-line Audi Q4 55 e-tron Quattro features a dual motor, which generates a higher power output of 335bhp – 40bhp more than the outgoing Q4 50 e-tron Quattro's 295bhp. The power is sent to all four wheels. The Audi 55 Quattro does the 100km/h sprint from a standstill in 5.4 seconds and has a top speed of 180km/h. The Audi Q4 e-tron offers a range of up to 562km (a decent increase from 534km) on a single charge, according to the WLTP cycle.
According to Audi, rear-wheel-drive models can support 135kW DC fast charging, whereas the four-wheel-drive variant is compatible with DC charging of up to 175kW.
2024 Audi Q4 e-tron, Q4 e-tron Sportback: Other Highlights
In addition to the powertrain tweaks, the suspension setup of the Q4 e-tron range has also been updated for better steering response and improved agility. The feature list includes a 10.25-inch display as standard, MMI navigation plus, and Audi connect Navigation 8. The list continues with a powered tailgate and heated front seats, which are now standard, along with an optional assist package with an assisted lane change function. This new system employs white arrows in the instrument panel or a head-up display to provide cues to the driver for changing lanes, and the driver can initiate the lane change by tapping the turn signal.
It also gets the critical driver assistance systems as standard. Optional systems come with the plus, pro, and protection and warning systems plus assistance packages.
2024 Audi Q4 e-tron, Q4 e-tron Sportback: Rivals
In the international market, the 2024 Audi Q4 e-tron and the Q4 e-tron Sportback take on the likes of the BMW iX1 and the Mercedes-Benz EQB. As for its positioning, the Audi Q4 e-tron sits between the Audi Q3 and the Audi Q5.