Aimed at all SUV fans with a coupé-style silhouette, the result of a steeper C-pillar and a more arched and lower roof, the Q4 Sportback e-tron has arrived on the Portuguese market, Audi’s second battery model uses the MEB platform, a specific Volkswagen Group architecture for electric vehicles, so that it can immediately make better use of the interior space, thus offering habitability at the level of a model. top segment.
At 4,588 m long, 1,865 m wide, 1,614 m high and 2,764 m wheelbase, the new Q4 Sportback e-tron for the sportiest profile a design with aerodynamic concerns (Cx of 0.27) – essential when you want to make the most of the energy available in the battery. By the way, the four-ring brand uses only two of the group’s accumulators, the ones with the highest capacity, namely 55 kWh (52 kWh useful) and 82 kWh (77 kWh useful), with the Q4 Sportback e-tron presenting up in four versions and other power levels.
The model to access the range is the Q4 35 Sportback e-tron, the only one to mount the smallest accumulator and, for that very reason, the one that advertises a lower range, of just 349 km, in accordance with the European WLTP approval protocol. In exchange for €46,920, it offers 170 hp/ 125 kW of power and 310 Nm of torque, sent to the rear axle, feeds its maximum speed limited to 160 km/h. The same happens with the Q4 40 Sportback e-tron, in everything similar to the 35, except in power and battery capacity. The engine is still at the rear and with the same torque, but it now has 204 hp / 150 kW, while the 82 kWh battery it also recharges to 7.2 kW in alternating current, accepting fast charging up to 100 kW in direct current. Against the 35, Q4 40 Sportback e-tron lowers the Sprint from 0 to 100 km / h from 9 to 8.5 seconds, while it is the most suitable option for those who want more spaced visits to the recharging station, as this is the version with the longest autonomy within the range ( 534 km), with a price starting at €53,853.
In this launch phase, the only option with all-wheel drive is represented by the top-of-the-range Q4 50 Sportback e-tron quattro. As with the Q4 45 quattro (195 kW / 265 hp; €57,354), which will take a little longer to be introduced into the Portuguese market, these units are fitted with a second electric motor at the front.. In the case of the 50, the rear engine delivers the same power as in the Q4 40 Sportback e-tron (204 hp and 310 Nm of torque), but is now associated with an electric unit on the front axle with 109 hp and 162 Nm more, which comes into service only when a lot of power or great grip is needed, resulting in a combined power of 299 hp / 220 kW and a maximum torque of 460 Nm. fast, with the 82 kWh battery and starting to accept 125 kW at the cost of 100 kW, which reduces the charging time in DC, the stations must deliver such power. What also lowers is the range from 0 to 100 km / h, which amounts to 6.2 seconds, while the maximum speed rises to 180 km / h. But as there are no miracles and the Q4 50 Sportback e-tron quattro, being more powerful, mounts an accumulator equal to the Q4 40, its autonomy drops to 497 km / h, reflecting a combined consumption between 17.5 and 20.9 kWh / 100 km. A towing capacity in the quattro variants goes up to 1200 kg, 200 kg more than in the other versions.
According to SIVA, Audi’s importer for Portugal, the new electric Audi is available with eight body cores, exterior lighting and entirely in LED. head-up display with augmented reality one of several options, such as the sound system Award SONOS, with 10 columns. Another extra is a heat pump, an element that, as the brand itself admits, “contributes to increasing efficiency, especially on longer journeys”. You can check here the standard equipment for each version.