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AUDI Q4 E-TRON SPORTBACK SPECIAL EDITIONS

150kW 40 82.77kWh Edition 1 5dr Auto [C+S]

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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 Speed99mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi Smartphone Interface with wireless functionality
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit - 10.25" display
  • 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

  • 2 USB-C ports with charge and data functions
  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic glass windscreen
  • Contrast bumpers in Manhattan grey
  • Driver's door mirror memory
  • 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
  • Headlight washers
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Matrix LED headlights, digital light signatures, dynamic light sequencing and indicators + LED rear lights and illuminated light strip
  • Projection light in the exterior mirrors, e-tron logo projected from the underside of the exterior mirror onto the ground
  • Side and rear window privacy glass
  • 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
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat and rear centre armrest with two cupholders
  • Accent surfaces in gloss black - centre console control panel, switch panel and trim on front doors in gloss black
  • Auxiliary air conditioning
  • Black cloth headlining
  • Comfort front centre armrest
  • Compact e-tron charging system
  • Door armrests in leatherette
  • Electrically adjustable front seats - driver seat with memory
  • Flat bottom twin spoke leather multifunction sport steering wheel with shift paddles for recuperation
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Front door sill trims with aluminium inlay, illuminated with S logo
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Heated front seats
  • Household plug type G (GB)
  • Industry plug CEE 32 A/230 V/6 h/long + straight
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Tool kit

Packs

  • Ambient lighting plus pack - Q4 E-tron
  • Black styling pack - Q4 E-tron
  • Comfort and sound pack - Q4 E-tron
  • Non smoking 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 Dark matt brushed aluminium, accent surfaces on instrument panel and centre console trim in chrome paint finish, slate grey

Wheels

  • 20" 5 V Spoke 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
    17.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH
    18.6
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL
    17.8
  • 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
    505
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEH
    484
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEL
    507
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    314
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEH
    301
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEL
    315

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
    F4NAC3
  • 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
    204
  • Based On ID
    97643
  • Coin Description
    82.77kWh
  • Coin Series
    Edition 1 [C+S]
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    32E
  • 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
    Yes
  • 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)
    8.5
  • Engine Power - BHP
    204
  • Engine Power - KW
    150
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    229
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    31.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    310
  • Top Speed
    99

Test Cycles

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

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/50 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear
    255/45 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5-V SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    20" 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
    2625
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1460
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    535
  • Max. Loading Weight
    580
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2045
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.2
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Customer Reviews

   
Lewis Higginson

Lewis Higginson

"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

"3 weeks ago"

Karen Elizabeth James

Karen Elizabeth James

"I have recently taken delivery of a company vehicle via Silverstone. I was introduced to them by my accountant who said they were very competitive. A major factor for me was that Volkswagen wanted a £3k deposit during the 4 month build period. That is a lot of money sitting in someone else's bank. The deal I got and the service I received from start to finish was excellent. The staff are very friendly and professional. There was not one step of the process where I was not kept informed. I will definitely be using them again and highly recommend them. UPDATE June 22 - I have just taken delivery of another vehicle via Aby at Silverstone FM. The service was excellent yet again. No messing around at multiple dealerships, the admin process was easy and straight forward. Highly recommended yet again."

"a month ago"

Cornel Tonciu

Cornel Tonciu

"From start to finish the service has been fantastic, nothing was too much effort, the car arrived on time and the whole process was simple and effective. Would definitely use again."

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"Amazing colleagues always on hand to help. Abi has been first class in helping me with my previous purchase and my recent enquiries. She was warm, welcoming and super supportive. A brilliant asset to the team at Silverstone Fleet Management. 👍🏽👏🏽"

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"Ryan was great from start to finish! Very patient in an ever evolving situation but we got there in the end! Thanks again"

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