According to Audi, the marketplace’s lust for SUVs and crossovers extends well into EV territory, where the company has two battery-powered models in the compact class. The Q4 E-tron Sportback is the edgier of the two, sporting fastback styling that lends it a sleeker look while sacrificing some interior utility. This is the Q4 Sportback’s second year on the market; the regular Q4 E-tron is covered in a separate buyer’s guide entry.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2023, the Q4 E-tron Sportback gains an integrated garage door opener and additional Audi Connect functionality as new standard features.
Audi offers the Q4 Sportback in a single trim level, powered by front and rear electric motors that provide all-wheel drive performance.
The Q4 E-tron Sportback comes with 19-inch wheels, LED exterior lighting, auto-dimming/power-folding side mirrors, a power tailgate, passive keyless entry, heated/power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, a panoramic roof, a heated steering wheel, three-zone A/C, and a garage door remote. The infotainment system is built around a 10.1-inch touchscreen with navigation, satellite radio, and a smartphone interface; there’s also a 10.25-inch digital gauge display.
The Sportback’s driver assist features include traffic sign recognition, forward collision mitigation, pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning.
A tech pack adds a heated windshield, matrix LED headlights with washers, upgraded stereo, wireless phone charging, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise, traffic jam assistance, and park assist. Those more advanced safety features can also be had on their own in the advanced driver assistance package.
Audi’s energy consumption estimates for the Q4 E-tron Sportback are 2.4/2.6 L/100 km (city/highway), with a promise of 389 km of driving range.
The Q4 E-tron Sportback’s competitors include the Cadillac Lyric, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Genesis GV60, and the Volvo C40 Recharge.