The All-Electric Audi Q4 e-tron SUV: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Audi e-tron electric Q4
Price: From € 48,805
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 55 kWh/ 82 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 306 - 511 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


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The All-Electric Audi Q4 e-tron SUV


Audi AG, a Bavaria (Germany) based luxury automotive manufacturer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, the Germany automotive group. Volkswagen AG is one of the leading automotive companies in the global electric vehicle (EV) industry. Volkswagen has committed to an investment up to Euro 30 billion by 2023. It aims to sell 3 million electric vehicles by 2025 and launch up to 70 new EV models over the next 10 years.

With the launch of its electric vehicle ID. Family, VW is fast cementing a dominant position is to become the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer by 2028, with the automotive behemoth planning to manufacturer 22 million electric vehicles.  The Audi all-electric e-tron portfolio includes:

The Audi Q4 e-tron electric compact crossover SUV is also based on the Volkswagen MEB bespoke EV platform (the all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 uses the same platform). Production of the Q4 electric SUV commenced in March 2021 and the production Q4 e-tron version was unveiled in April 2021. However, the Q4 e-tron was first shown as a concept vehicle in 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show. The Q4 e-tron is available in the SUV and Sportback body styles.

For those of you keen on a pure electric SUV, but with a premium badge and relatively ‘affordable’ price, the Audi Q4 e-SUV is worth considering. The Audi Q4 e-tron is the fourth pure electric vehicle from the German manufacturer. It is available in two EV battery sizes: 55 kWh and 82 kWh.

The 55 kWh EV battery has a claimed zero-emission electric range up to 335 km (WLTP), sufficient for most day-to-day driving needs. Do keep in mind that most daily commutes are short distances. The pure electric range is also sufficient for motorway driving. For those families and company-car drivers keen on more electric range, the 82 kWh EV battery offers a range up to 511 km on a full charge.

Of course, the real-world EV range will be impacted by a number of factors, to include: driving profile, weather conditions, road surface, tyre size, passenger load, onboard services used etc. Expect the 55 kWh EV battery to deliver an electric range closer to 290 km and the 82 kWh closer to 460 km.

The electric vehicle (EV) offers DC charging capability up to 125 kW, with 80% charge achieved in 36 minutes. The entry-level Q4 35 e-tron can be DC charged up to 100 kW and has a 7.2 kW onboard charger. The higher specification Q4 40 e-tron and Q4 50 e-tron offer DC charging up to 125 kW as standard and incorporates a 11 kW onboard charger. For single-phase home charging, expect a fully charged battery in 11 hours and 30 minutes. We at e-zoomed recommend charging an EV overnight, when the electricity tariff rates are cheaper.

The all-wheel drive capability is only available on the highest trim, the 50 e-tron, while the other two trims offer rear-wheel drive as standard. The Q4 50 e-tron achieves 0-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds and has a 180 km/h top speed (torque: 460 Nm). The Q4 40 e-tron achieves 0-100 km/h in 8.5 seconds and has a 160 km/h top speed. The entry-level Q4 35 e-tron achieves 0-100 km/h in 9 seconds and has a 160 km/h top speed.

The exterior of the Audi EV is attractive and the interior does not disappoint in terms of quality and layout. The standard equipment includes: Audi virtual cockpit; MMI navigation plus with a 11.6″ touchscreen, lane departure warning, cruise control with speed limiter, swerve assist and turn assist, Audi pre-sense front and more. In terms of practicality, the Audi Q4 has much to offer. There is ample headroom and legroom for all passengers. Given the placement of the EV battery on the floor, the boot space on offer is good (520 L).


 PROS CONS
Two EV battery sizes availableAll-wheel drive not standard on all trim levels
DC charging up to 125 kW125 kW DC charging and 11 kW AC charging not standard on all variants
Attractive exterior styling and high quality interior specification and equipmentExpensive EV

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The All-Electric Audi Q4 e-tron SUV (credit: Audi)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:SUV
Engine:Electric
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (3 Options)
Advance (from € 48,805): 35 e-tron/40 e-tron
Sport (from € 52,590): 35 e-tron/40 e-tron
S line (from € 55,480): 35 e-tron/40 e-tron/50 e-tron

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 55 kWh/ 82 kWh
Charging:Up to 125 kW DC charging (5%-80%: 36 mins). Onboard charger: 7.2 kW (0%-100%: 11 hrs 30 mins) and 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 7 hrs 30 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 150,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity: 16.7 kWh€ 4.00
Battery net capacity: 30.0 kWh€ 7.19
Battery net capacity: 39.2 kWh€ 9.39
Battery net capacity: 45.0 kWh€ 10.78
Battery net capacity: 50.0 kWh€ 11.98
Battery net capacity: 64.0 kWh€ 15.34
Battery net capacity: 71.0 kWh€ 17.01
Battery net capacity: 77.0 kWh€ 18.45
Battery net capacity: 90.0 kWh€ 21.57
Battery net capacity: 100.0 kWh€ 23.97
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1632
Width (mm):2108
Length (mm):4599
Wheelbase (mm):2764
Turning Circle (m):11.5
Boot Space (L):520

Q4 35 e-tron
EV Battery Capacity:55 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):306 – 335 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):19.1 – 17.3
Charging:100 kW DC charging. Onboard charger: 7.2 kW AC (0%-100%: 11 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:160 km/h
0-100 km/h:9.0 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):125
Max Power (PS):170
Torque (Nm):310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):1,890
Colours:8
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Q4 40 e-tron
EV Battery Capacity:82 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):466 – 511 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):20.0 – 17.5
Charging:125 kW DC charging. Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 7 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:160 km/h
0-100 km/h :8.5 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):150
Max Power (PS):204
Torque (Nm):310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,050
Colours:8
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

 Q4 50 e-tron
EV Battery Capacity:82 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):Up to 516 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):18.7
Charging:125 kW DC charging. Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 7 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:180 km/h
0-100 km/h:6.2 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):220
Max Power (PS):299
Torque (Nm):460
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,135
Colours:8
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Air Quality: An Overview


If there is one common theme that unites many of us, it is the concern over worsening air quality in our villages, towns and cities. This concern is not unique to Ireland, but a narrative that is now firmly centre stage globally. The detrimental health consequences of higher pollution, in particular, on the vulnerable, like children and the elderly is significant, and well documented.

According to the WHO (World Health Organisation), the PM2.5 concentration in Ireland is currently 1.6 times higher than the WHO annual air quality guideline value. WHO has described air pollution as the ‘single biggest environmental health risk’, leading to an increase in the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory diseases.

Electric vehicles and in particular, zero-tailpipe emission EVs, also known as battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), help improve local air quality i.e. a pure electric car does not have a tailpipe/ exhaust, hence, zero-tailpipe emissions! Without an iota of doubt, all types of EVs, to include, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are better for improving air quality, compared to conventional petrol and diesel vehicles. We encourage all drivers in Ireland to migrate to lower emission electric driving.


Type Of Pollutants
Particulate matter (PM or PM 2.5)
Ammonia (NH3)
Nitrogen Oxide (NOx)
Sulphur Dioxide (SO2)
Non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCS)

Primary Sources Of Pollutants
Road transportation
Industrial processes
Farming and agricultural processes
Waste industry
Energy generation
Domestic burning
Other forms of transportation, such as aviation, shipping and railroads

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Martina Giobbio

Like, many in her generation, Martina is very passionate about protecting the environment and creating a more sustainable future. Though she is new to the electric driving sector, her drive to learn and contribute is unparalleled. Martina has a Bachelor Degree in Italian Humanities and a Master Degree in Communication from the University of Milan. She has previously worked in press offices and a publishing house. She loves writing and reading.

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