It’s by and large what it resembles – a car ified Audi Q4 e-tron. Potentially the main vehicle Audi’s delivered since the first A3 hatchback – with a slipperier four-entryway roadster style body that forfeits a touch of room (and a ton of back perceivability) for the sake of style. It’s known as the Q4 ‘Sportback’, very much like the car ified renditions of Audi’s different SUVs (the Q3 Sportback and as of late sent off Q5 Sportback, for example).More for the most part, the Q4 is Audi’s first ground-up electric SUV. The greater e-tron SUV, that has been with us for a couple of years at this point and is too accessible in Sportback structure, sits on a more established stage imparted to ignition engined vehicles. So it’s intrinsically compromised. The Q4 depends on the Volkswagen Group’s EV-just ‘MEB’ stage which likewise supports the VW ID.3 and ID.4, Skoda Enyaq iV and Cupra Born.
Very much like the Q4 SUV, the Sportback comes in three flavors. The least expensive ’35’ rendition has a solitary 168bhp electric engine that draws power from a 52kWh (net) battery. Asserted range ultimately depends on 211 miles WLTP. The ’40’ – the longest-range Q4, and prone to be the blockbuster – weds a somewhat more impressive 201bhp e-engine to a 77kWh (likewise net) battery. Audi hasn’t provided range figures for this adaptation yet – yet should be partially better compared to the SUV’s asserted 316 miles. Then, at that point, there’s the ’50’, what shares the 40’s 77kWh battery yet adds all-wheel drive by means of a subsequent e-engine on the front-hub. Joined yield is 295bhp and you’re taking a gander at up to 309 miles of guaranteed range. Likewise with all EVs, deduct 25% from the guaranteed range for a superior thought of how far the Q4 can really go between charges.
Roadster ified SUVs like the Sportback will quite often forfeit a lot of U in quest for more S, yet cheerfully that is not exactly the situation here. Clearly the Q4 SUV’s boot is a more helpful shape than the Sportback’s, yet there’s really not much in it with regards to sheer volume (only 30 liters with the seats collapsed). Concerning the rearward sitting arrangements, some way or another the Sportback has sufficient headroom back there that six-footers can sit straight up without brushing the main event. They’ll have enough legroom as well. Truly is very much bundled, this thing. Comparative with a Dacia Sandero, yes. Indeed the Audi Q4 Sportback is extravagant. However, comparative with its key opponents, no, it truly isn’t. Costs start at £42,825, making the Sportback £1,500 more costly than the same Q4 SUV.
Rivals are equivalent to the Q4 SUV – Mercedes EQA, Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 Recharge (the impending C40 Recharge is a nearer match for the Sportback, with its roadster ified backside). Additionally worth taking a gander at the VW ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq.You can arrange one now, yet the Sportback doesn’t authoritatively show up in the UK until September, which is the point at which we’ll drive the wide range of various adaptations. For the present the just one we’ve tried is a top-of-the-range e-tron Sportback 50 Edition 1, fitted with each possible discretionary extra and consequently costing north of £60,000. We have anyway tried the Q4 e-tron 40 in SUV structure. Quality inside, great (asserted) range, amazing tech and sensibly evaluated comparative with the opposition – the Q4 makes certain to do very well to be sure.
Audi figures that from 2022 the Q4 will be its subsequent top rated model behind the A3 hatchback, with the Sportback representing around 16% of Q4 deals. We were hoping to provide it with somewhat of a kicking for having an inadmissibly small boot and probably as much back headroom as a two-man tent. Since it’s a roadster ified SUV and, well… that exactly they’re like. However at that point we sat in one. Sure the Sportback’s boot is a less helpful shape than the Q4 Suv’s, yet as far as inside and out limit it’s scarcely any more modest. You can fit genuine grown-ups in the back as well – there’s heaps of legroom and a very sizable amount of headroom for a six-footer to sit upright. That is smart bundling. Praise Audi. We’d in any case have the SUV, however, on the grounds that it’s that smidgen more functional, less expensive to purchase and feels precisely something very similar to drive as the slipperier Sportback. Which as you’ll have perused in our audit of the Q4 SUV, is very great in a comfortable and consoling, if unengaging, sort of way. Whatever bodystyle you go for, however, have confidence the Audi Q4 is A Good Car.