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Audi has big aspirations in the luxury electric vehicle space, and the 2022 Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback The SUVs will double the size of the company’s EV-centric e-tron lineup. Smaller than the Mid-size e-tron SUV, the Q4 siblings sit on a footprint similar to that of the compact Q5 crossing. While the base powertrain is a single 201 hp electric motor and 77.0 kWh battery, a more powerful 295 hp twin-engine configuration with all-wheel drive is optional. The battery is said to offer up to 250 miles of range per charge. The Q4 e-tron models will take on other compact electric SUVs such as the Tesla Model Y and the Charging Volvo XC40 when they go on sale. Expect to see the Q4 e-tron in Audi dealerships by the end of 2021.

What’s new for 2022?

The Q4 e-tron and the Q4 e-tron Sportback are all new models for 2022. They join the larger e-tron SUVs and the racy e-tron GT sedan in Audi’s rapidly growing range of electric vehicles.

Price and which to buy

    With a base price of $ 44,995, the Q4 e-tron is actually cheaper to start up than the gasoline-powered Q5 SUV. We recommend the more powerful 295 horsepower 50 model, but those who prefer a coupe look to their SUV can opt for the swoopier Sportback model, which comes with the same dual-engine all-wheel-drive powertrain setup.

    Engine, transmission and performance

    The basic powertrain configuration is called 40 and consists of a single 201 hp electric motor and rear-wheel drive. It’s the same setup found in the mechanically similar Volkswagen ID.4, which trotted at 60 mph in 7.6 seconds on our test track. With an electric motor powering each axle, the more powerful Q4 e-tron 50 and Q4 e-tron Sportback 50 all-wheel drive develop 295 horsepower. The result is a claimed 0-60 time of 6.2 seconds. It’s not as fast as the Audi Q5 petrol SUV, but it’s still crisp compared to other gasoline-powered compact luxury crossovers. Adaptive suspension should keep the ride smooth. We’ll know for sure when we get the chance to test the Q4 e-tron models.

      Autonomy, charge and battery life

      The Q4 e-tron’s 77.0 kWh battery would provide up to 250 miles per charge. The Q4 e-tron supports charging up to 125 kW and according to Audi the state of charge can reach 80% in about 30 minutes.

      Real-world fuel economy and MPG

      The EPA has not released any fuel economy estimates for the Q4 e-tron models, but we expect them to be competitive with other electric SUVs such as the Jaguar I-Pace and the Tesla Model X. Once we have a Q4 e-tron at our office for testing, we’ll complete our 200 mile highway fuel economy route and update this story with the results. For more information on the fuel economy of the Q4 e-tron, visit the EPA website.

      Interior, comfort and loading

      The interior is a technological showcase for Audi’s latest and greatest gadgets. The cabin of the Q4 e-tron is similar to what is available in other Audis and also incorporates a few unique features, such as a square steering wheel with touch controls and a rocker gear selector. Although the Q4 e-tron concept was presented strictly as a four-seater, the production version will offer seating for five. The interior of the cabin should be roughly the same as the gasoline-powered Q5. Cargo space is not so generous, however.

      Infotainment and connectivity

      The Q4 e-tron will have the latest version of Audi’s MMI system. A 10.3-inch digital gauge screen is standard, and a large 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen tilts toward the driver for easier access to its various menus and features. Audi will also offer a heads-up display with an augmented reality feature that can project information such as navigation instructions or driver assistance warnings into the driver’s eyes. We expect a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless charging for compatible smartphones will also be offered.

      Safety and driver assistance features

      Q4 e-tron models will be stocked with a lot of driver assistance technology features, such as adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and automated emergency braking. For more information on the Q4 e-tron crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Highway Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS) websites. The main security features include:

      • Standard forward collision warning and automated emergency braking
      • Standard blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert
      • Adaptive cruise control available with semi-autonomous driving mode

        Warranty and maintenance coverage

        The Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback will offer the same limited and powertrain warranty as the larger e-tron SUV. Audi’s free maintenance is less generous than what Bmw, Jaguar, and Volvo offer, but the e-tron’s electrical components are covered for an extended period.

        • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
        • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
        • Electrical components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles
        • Free maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles