Full pricing for the Audi Q4 e-tron has just been released for the US market and it actually undercuts the Audi Q5, with a starting price of $43,900.
For that low starting price, you get the Audi Q4 e-tron 40, which uses a single rear-mounted electric motor making 201 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. It’s not very quick, getting from 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds but that shouldn’t bother most customers, especially Q5 customers who aren’t exactly speed demons. Interestingly, Audi hasn’t released official range figures for the Q4 e-tron 40 just yet.
If you want a power bump, you can opt for the Audi Q4 e-tron 50 Quattro, which gets two electric motors — making it all-wheel drive — making 295 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. It’s much quicker, hitting 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, which is hot-hatch quick. Audi does have range figures for the Q4 e-tron 50 Quattro, with an EPA-estimated range of 249 miles. For the Q4 e-tron 50 Quattro, the starting price bumps up to $49,900.
There’s also the sleeker Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback 50 Quattro, which is mechanically identical to the regular Q4 e-tron 50 Quattro, only it has a more aggressive roofline. Its power, performance, and range are all the same. However, its price isn’t, as it starts at $52,700. So you’re paying a few thousands dollars extra for some style.
All Audi Q4 e-tron models get the same 82 kWh battery pack and the same 125 kW max charging speed. Which means, with an equivalent 125 kW charger, all Q4 e-tron models can charge from 5-80 percent in 38 minutes. It isn’t nearly as quick as the Audi e-tron GT but the Q4 e-tron is also a less than half the price.
The standard Q4 e-tron Premium (40 and 50 Quattro) comes decently equipped as-standard. It gets 19″ wheels, Virtual Cockpit, and LED interior lighting. Bump up to the Premium Plus ($46,700) package and you get even more LED interior lighting, a heated steering wheel with regen paddles, a power tailgate, adaptive cruise control, and Audi Advanced Key. The Prestige ($56,200) package gets Audi MMI Navigation Plus, Virtual Cockpit Plus, Matrix LED headlights, a SONOS sound system, and a augmented reality head-up display.
Even the most loaded Audi e-tron 50 Quattro seems like a good value when compared to cars like the Audi Q5. While it might not be the best EV value, it should actually be a very compelling package for a lot of existing Audi customers, which is sort of the point. Audi Q5 customers will be able to afford a very well equipped Q4 e-tron, with better looks, a roomier cabin, and a higher-tech powertrain. It also comes with some unique tech features that the Q5 doesn’t get, such as the augmented reality HUD and the SONOS sound system.
If you’re in the market for an Audi crossover, the Q4 e-tron needs to be on your shortlist.