Audi adds two compact SUV's to its electric line-up

The Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron offer Irish motorists an attractive entry point into the premium world of e-mobility.

For the first time, Audi Ireland is adding compact SUV's to its electric line-up. The Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron offer Irish motorists an attractive entry point into the premium world of e-mobility. Both models are due to arrive in Ireland in June with prices starting from €41,465 including grants, VRT relief and delivery.

The Audi Q4 e-tron, is said to be a true all-rounder, and is suitable in every way as a household’s main car. With the highest performance battery delivering up to 220 kW of power and capable of sprinting from 0 – 100 km/h in under 6.3 seconds drivers don’t have to compromise on driving dynamics. High performance doesn’t just mean power output, with the Q4 e-tron 40 and Q4 e-tron 50 quattro capable of charging at a fast charge station with up to 125 kW, which takes just 38 minutes to charge from 5% to 80%. With a range varying from 330 – 511 kilometres on a full charge, the Audi Q4 e-tron is the embodiment of Living Progress.

The two SUVs bring into series production the body line that the Audi Q4 concept and Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept show cars demonstrated at the beginning of 2019. This body line impresses thanks to the striking proportions – short front overhangs, large wheels, and powerfully toned muscles. All lines are drawn with the greatest precision, and the surface treatment is clear and pared back. In the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron, the especially low coupé-style roofline ends in an expressively designed rear where the spoiler sits deep on the two-part window. The brand’s progressive design is typically Audi, as functional as it is aerodynamic: The Q4 e-tron achieves a drag coefficient of 0.28, and the Sportback gets to an even lower figure, with a drag coefficient of 0.26.

Audi Q4 e-tron

At 4.59 metres in length, they offer a package that gives the passengers on board new spaces and which goes beyond existing class boundaries. The available space in the interior is comparable with the full-size SUV class; there is no centre tunnel. The feeling of spaciousness is not just confined to the front seats – with the generous legroom, passengers in the rear also benefit from the advantage of the technological platform, which is designed as electric-only. When it comes to storage compartments, the Q4 e-tron product line scores high grades with total storage space of around 25 litres, and the bottle holders integrated in the upper section of the doors are a further highlight.

The interior of the Audi Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron comes across as spacious and airy; the instrument panel is turned toward the driver. It is divided into separate areas and integrates two displays, which are design elements at the same time. The decorative trim panel on the front passenger side is available on request in an innovative technical fabric containing a proportion of recycled materials, which can be provided shortly after the market launch. A separate horizontal operating panel houses the shifter for selecting the gears. Seat upholstery that contains large amounts of recycled polyester is available for the sporty S line interior. Approximately 26 recycled 1.5-litre PET bottles are used for each seat.

Also totally new is the steering wheel with its seamless touch surfaces, which the driver uses to control the digital instrument cluster. Infotainment and optional navigation are operated primarily using the central MMI touch display, which will also be available in the largest configuration level of 11.6 inches (anticipated late 2021). Natural voice control provides the third operating interface.

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