The 2022 Audi Q4 e-tron will be one of the more affordable all-electric luxury crossovers when it arrives at the end of the year. At $44,995 for the base Q4 40 e-tron, it’s about $5,000 more than its cousin, the Volkswagen ID.4. Standard e-tron models get a single electric motor with 201 hp. The more powerful Q4 50 e-tron, which is available in standard or swoopy Sportback flavors, adds a second electric motor on the front axle, increasing output to 295 hp and 339 lb-ft. The Q4 50 e-tron will run you $50,995 while the Sportback checks in at $53,795 or $2,800 more than the conventional crossover.
Expect 2022 Audi Q4 e-tron’s range to be similar to the Volkswagen ID.4 at 250 to 260 miles for the Q4 40 e-tron and 240 to 249 miles for the Q4 50 e-tron. Every model gets an 82-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and charges at peak rates of up to 125 kW. That allows it to charge for 5 to 80 percent in 38 minutes.
Both variants get a generous list of standard equipment. The Q4 e-tron comes with a 10.1-inch touch screen, a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster, 19-inch alloy wheels (the Sportback gets 20-inch units), a full suite of collision prevention features, and heated front seats. Adding the Convenience package gets you a wireless charging pad, power-folding side mirrors, keyless entry/start, a power liftgate, and power front passenger’s seat. Those features are available on the higher trims as standard plus a heated steering wheel, LED interior lighting, paddles for regenerative braking, and adaptive cruise control. The Technology package adds a Sonos audio system, traffic jam assist, and built-in navigation.
You’ll need to get the dual-motor version or the Sportback if you want to load up your Audi Q4 e-tron. The range-topping Prestige trim is only available on those variants and gets matrix LED headlights, animation for the exterior lighting, and the Technology package as standard equipment. You can also get the S Line package, which adds unique 20-inch alloy wheels plus several exterior design tweaks.
To support its battery-electric vehicle offensive, Audi will offer a concierge service to help you with the transition to an EV. This includes an option to get a NEMA 14-50 plug outlet or a level 2 AC charger installed in your home. The latter gets you an Electrify America HomeStation, which is Wi-Fi capable and can deliver up to 9.6 kW of power. Purchasing a Q4 e-tron also comes with 250 kWh of charging at Electrify America for the first two years.
The Q4 e-tron family follows the larger e-tron lineup and the e-tron GT sedan as the latest addition to Audi’s all-electric lineup and the first Audi on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB architecture. It will compete directly with the likes of the Volvo XC40 Recharge and the upcoming Genesis GV60. Based on today’s pricing announcement, the 2022 Audi Q4 e-tron will be the least expensive one. The XC40 Recharge starts in the md-$50,000 range and tops off around $60,000. However, that crossover also has significantly more power at 402 hp and 486 lb-ft. That’s 107 hp and 147 lb-ft more than the Q4 50 e-tron. Genesis hasn’t released pricing and specification for the GV60 yet but we’re expecting it to also be a strong value play.