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Difference Between Audi e-tron and Q4 e-tron

Electric vehicles (EVs) are all the rage these days as gas prices soar and consumers are concerned about the environment. EVs are a win-win – you save money and help protect the environment too. Although electric cars were first developed in the 1830s it wasn’t until recently when EVs started to gain significant momentum. Well, there are several reasons to drive an EV. So, if you’re an Audi fan looking to go electric, you will have two Audi options to choose from: the e-tron and the Q4 e-tron. In this article, we’ll perform a detailed comparison of the two EVs.

Audi e-tron

The e-tron is the first electric vehicle from Audi launched in 2019. It’s a 5-seater compact premium SUV that combines the space and comfort of a typical luxury SUV. Audi now offers a complete line of EVs that are marketed under the e-tron sub-brand. These EVs include the Q4 e-tron, the e-tron Sportback, e-tron GT, e-tron, and e-tron S.

Audi Q4 e-tron

The Q4 e-tron is the first pure electric mid-sized SUV from Audi. It comes in three variants: 35, 40, and 50. The 35 and 40 are the rear wheel drive SUVs whereas the top of the line 50 is all wheel drive. It is a crossover SUV with a premium look and feel, and was designed on the tech-heavy side with the Audi’s latest MMI system with a 10.3-inch infotainment system.

Difference between Audi e-tron and Q4 e-tron


– Both the electric SUVs come in two battery packs, with the e-tron getting the larger pairing. The e-tron comes in 64 kwh and 86 kwh battery sizes whereas the Q4 e-tron comes in 52 kwh and 77 kwh battery sizes. The 35 and 40 models of the Q4 e-tron are rear wheel drive whereas the 50 model comes with Quattro all wheel drive option. Coming to e-tron, all the models of the e-tron starting with Quattro 50 are all wheel drive, with the S-line getting a three motor configuration. The e-tron tri-motor achieves 0 -100 acceleration in just 4.5 seconds. Also, the e-tron has a higher towing capacity than the Q4.


– The single most important deciding factor in EVs is the range. So, coming to range, the Q4 e-tron has slightly better mileage, despite having a smaller battery. The Q4 35 gets the same range as the e-tron 50, which has a larger battery. The Q4 e-tron gives 112 MPGe in the city and 94 MPGe on the highway whereas the e-tron gives 78 in the city and 79 MPGe on the highway. Probably, the Q4 e-tron’s higher range has something to do with light weight configuration. However, the e-tron motors are more powerful than the Q4’s.


– Both the EVs come in regular roof and fastback roof styles and both have the same Audi grille, headlights, and taillight design. When it comes to dimensions, the e-tron is longer than the Q4 e-tron by about a foot and the wheelbase is about 6 inches longer. Both have paneled underbody, adjustable cooling inlets and air curtains to improve the aerodynamics. The e-tron, however, offers digital exterior mirrors.


– While the design of both the EVs is typically Audi, there are some subtle differences in the interiors. For one, the e-tron has three screens: the digital instrument cluster, a 10.1-inch upper infotainment screen, and an additional 8.6-inch lower screen for climate controls. The Q4 e-tron , on the other hand, has only two screens: a digital instrument cluster and a standard 10-inch infotainment screen that goes up to 11.6-inch in higher end models. 


– While the front legroom is very close, the second row legroom of the Q4 e-tron is about 2 inches shorter. The e-tron has 39.1 inches of rear legroom in comparison to the Q4 e-tron’s 38.3 inches. The big difference between the two EVs is the cargo capacity. The longer length of the e-tron results in about 28.5 ft³ with all seats in one place with a maximum of 56.4 ft³ with the rear seats folded. The e-tron has about 15 to 25% more cargo area.

Audi e-tron vs. Q4 e-tron: Comparison Chart


While both e-tron and the Q4 e-tron are distinctively Audi, there are some noticeable differences between the two electric vehicles. For example, a heat pump is standard in the e-tron but this feature is optional in the Q4 e-tron. The Audi’s latest matrix LED headlights are standard in both, but the Q4 e-tron gets four signature options. Also, the Q4 e-tron comes with the new head up display with augmented reality directions. In addition, only the e-tron has the cutting edge virtual exterior mirrors.


Is the Audi Q4 the same as the e-tron?

The e-tron has three screens while the Q4 has only two screens in the console. The Virtual Cockpit and MMI Navigation are standard on the e-tron whereas these features are optional on the Q4.

How long is the wait for Audi Q4 e-tron?

Estimated waiting period for the Audi Q4 e-tron is around 18 months.

What are the different models of Audi e-tron?

The current Audi e-tron lineup includes the e-tron GT, the RS e-tron GT, the e-tron, and the e-tron Sportback. 

Is Audi Q4 e-tron available in Canada?

With a starting price of $59,950, the Audi Q4 e-tron is the most affordable premium electric SUVs in Canada.

How much will the Audi Q4 e-tron cost in Canada?

The Audi Q4 e-tron is available in Canada at a starting range of $59,950.

Is e-tron bigger than Q4 e-tron?

Yes. The e-tron is longer than the Q4 e-tron by about a foot and the wheelbase is about 6 inches longer.

Is e-tron bigger than Q5?

The e-tron is 5014 mm in length, which makes it longer than the Q5 (4663 mm).

How much does it cost to charge Audi Q4 e-tron at home?

The Audi Q4 e-tron comes with a portable charging system for Level 1 (120 volt AC) and Level 2 (230/400 volt AC) charging. It costs roughly $10 to full charge the e-tron.

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