2020 Audi Q4 e-tron electric SUV revealed: price, specs and release date

The new Audi Q4 e-tron concept, which is being unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show, previews an electric SUV that will take on the Tesla Model Y...

Audi Q4 E-tron concept front

On sale 2020 Price from £50,000 (est)

Audi isn’t always in the vanguard when it comes to new automotive trends, but once it has seen the way the wind is blowing, boy does it commit.

For example, it didn’t introduce its first SUV, the Q7, until 2005, by which time BMW already had two in its line-up and Mercedes had been selling its M-Class for eight years. But fast forward to today and Audi offers six of these high-riding machines, with a seventh on the way.

Called the Audi Q4 e-tron, the new model highlights the amount of resource that the brand throws at expanding sectors in more ways than one, because it’s also one of 12 electric cars that Audi intends to have in its line-up by 2025.

Audi Q4 E-tron concept rear

A motor is mounted on each axle to give the Q4 e-tron four-wheel drive. A combined output of 302bhp is enough for 0-62mph in 6.3sec and an 82kWh battery pack gives the car a range of 280 miles between charges on the official WLTP test cycle.

To put that into perspective, our reigning Car of the Year, the Kia e-Niro, manages 282 miles, while the upcoming Model Y SUV, which will go head-to-head with the Q4 e-tron, is rumoured to be capable of more than 300 miles.

As its name suggests, the Q4 e-tron is sized between the Q3 and Q5 in terms of overall length. However, thanks to the small size of its motors and the fact that its batteries are positioned beneath its floor, it should offer more space than both of them inside.

Audi Q4 E-tron concept interior

The dashboard is dominated by a 12.3in infotainment touchscreen, which is angled towards the driver in an effort to make it easier to use. It’s complemented by a large head-up display which is said to include a new augmented reality function that superimposes computer-generated images onto the driver’s view of the road ahead.

Instead of the distracting dual-touchscreen layout found on many of the latest Audis, the Q4 e-tron has a strip of physical buttons for controlling its air conditioning. And given that the centre console doesn’t need to contain functional elements such as a gearlever or handbrake, the whole thing has been turned into a spacious storage area.

The Audi Q4 e-tron is officially just a concept at the moment, but a production version will go on sale late next year.

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Audi E-tron

On sale Early 2019 Price from £71,000 (est)

In terms of size, this new electric luxury SUV slots in between the conventional Q5 and Q7 in Audi’s line-up, although it rides lower to the ground than both.

In a first for production cars, buyers can opt to replace the conventional door mirrors with cameras that feed rear-view images on to small screens inside; the more compact cameras help to make the E-trom more aerodynamic. Meanwhile, other features designed to help it slip through the air include special 19in wheels and a smooth underside.

The E-tron is powered by two electric motors – one on each axle, making the car four-wheel drive. Those produce a combined 402bhp, allowing it to cover the 0-62mph sprint in less than six seconds and go on to a top speed of 124mph.

The latest WLTP tests give the E-tron a range of 249 miles on a single charge – similar to that of the Mercedes EQC but down on the Jaguar I-Pace’s 292-mile official range. Air suspension comes as standard, promising a comfortable ride. Plus, it allows the car to rise by up to 50mm for extra ground clearance when off-roading.

If you’re recharging the E-tron at home, expect a full charge to take about eight and a half hours, or that can be halved by using an optional high-capacity charger. When using the fastest chargers available (150kW), the E-tron can be charged up to 80% in about half an hour.

The E-tron is expected to cost about £71,000, with the Government’s £4500 electric car grant taking that down to £66,500. That means the E-tron will be slightly more expensive than both the I-Pace (£63,495) and EQC (an estimated £60,000).

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