Kildare motoring: sparks fly with the new Audi Q4 e-tron


Audi Ireland has added the new Audi Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron to its electric model range – Audi’s first compact electric SUVs.

Both models impress with a new spacious interior dimension and pioneering control, display and assistance systems.

Essentially, the Q4 e-tron is a close relative of the Volkswagen ID.4 and Å koda Enyaq, but it is unmistakably an Audi in its own right. The focused front design, the powerful rear, the accentuated lateral silhouette and the floating roofline of the Q4 e-tron combine in perfect harmony, while the general design of the Q4 e-tron gives a characteristic shape to the future of electric mobility.

A confident companion

With the Q4 e-tron, Audi presents a true all-rounder – a confident companion for everyday life and leisure, and is suitable in all respects as the main car of a household. With the highest performing battery delivering 204 hp, drivers don’t have to compromise on driving dynamics. With a range varying from 325 km (55 kW battery) to 511 km (82 kW battery) at full charge, and wearing the e-tron 35 and e-tron 40 badges respectively, the new Audi Q4 e-tron is the incarnation of living progress. With a comprehensive charging offering with smart solutions for home and on the road, you can drive electrically without having to compromise.

The Q4 e-tron 35 has a fast charge capacity of 100 kW, with a charge rate of 125 kW on the e-tron 40, which means that a charge of 5% to 80% can be achieved in just as little only 38 minutes on a public fast-charging station. .

Trim levels and interior

There are three trim options to choose from in the new Q4 e-tron; Advance, Sport and S Line. All trim levels are available in the ’35’ and ’40’ rear-wheel drive variants, while a four-wheel drive variant (Q4 e-tron 50, S Line trim level only) is expected to launch in Ireland in second quarter 2022. The Audi brand is famous for its premium cabin design, and the Q4 e-tron is another shining example. The Q4’s interior design and overall craftsmanship on offer is similar to that found in the larger and more expensive cars in the Audi model line, and far superior to many competitors regardless of the price.

Audi claims the Q4 e-tron has a similar footprint to its Q3 SUV, but has as much room inside as its larger Q5 SUV. There’s a large center console, special bottle holders in the doors, an impressive 520-liter trunk (which can be expanded to 1490 liters by lowering the rear seat backs) and rear legroom. comparable to that of many SUVs of a higher class.

My test car

My test car was a Q4 e-tron 40 Sport which was finished with an elegant Aurora Violet metallic paint. Key standard features include 19-inch alloy rims, sport-style front seats with black cloth, power luggage compartment door, aluminum interior trim, auto-dimming frameless mirror, comfort package , a safety package, a parking system plus, a reversing camera and an adaptive cruise control system with speed limiter.

With 204 hp and 310 Nm of instantaneous torque available, a 0-100 km / h sprint in just 8.5 seconds is achievable, en route to a top speed of 160 km / h. The Q4 e-tron is a very relaxing car to drive and extremely quiet and refined on the go.

Once the driver slips behind the leather-wrapped flat-top, flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel, all it takes to start is to put one foot on the brake, push the shift lever into “D” and to disable it. you will. There is no need to press the start button or release the electronic handbrake, as this is done by the Q4 e-tron itself in an easy way.

A variety of different levels of regenerative braking comes standard in the Q4. Mode “B” on the gear selector boosts energy recovery, with the advantage of being able to adjust the amount of regeneration using the paddles on the steering wheel.

Thanks to the standard Audi Drive Select system on board the Q4 e-tron, the desired vehicle characteristics can be set via a choice of five different modes: Comfort, Auto, Efficiency, Individual and Dynamic. The Q4’s standard progressive steering allows for a variable ratio depending on the steering angle, as well as speed-sensitive steering assistance.

Conclusion, price and guarantee

With an alluring blend of beauty, excellent build quality, magnificent cabin, ease of driving and performance, the new Audi Q4 e-tron is a real force to be reckoned with in the SUV market segment. high-end compact electrics. Pricing on the road starts at just € 40,788 (including SEAI subsidy and VRT relief for private customers – see your Audi dealer for details), with an annual road tax costing just € 120 for all vehicles. finish and power options.

All Audi passenger cars are backed by a 3 year / 90,000 km warranty, 3 year paint warranty and 12 year body protection warranty for complete peace of mind.

Contact Audi Naas at www.audinaas.ie or 045 906666.


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