Electric vehicles are not exactly the most affordable cars available out there. But that doesn't mean automakers are finding ways to bring down the price tags of these plug-in vehicles. One of the manufacturers aiming for lower-priced EVs is Audi.
But isn't Audi a luxury automaker? Just because they focus on the high-end market, doesn't mean they can't sell more affordable cars. The German company wants to make that point clear with their latest EV crossover, the Q4 e-Tron.
This electric crossover starts at about $45,000, or just a hair under PHP 2,000,000. Okay, two million pesos isn't exactly what one would call within reach. It also doesn't mean it will have that price tag should Audi Philippines decide to bring it here. However, the prospect of a luxury electric crossover within the two to three million peso range should entice well-heeled, eco-minded car shoppers.
The Q4 e-Tron is available in two body styles, namely the standard version and the Sportback. The regular Q4 e-Tron has an upright rear section, while the Sportback has a sleeker and more slanted tailgate. As for design, it borrows several cues from the brand's current crossover line-up. Both the Q4 e-Tron and Q4 e-Tron Sportback slot in between the Q3 and the Q5. At 4,600 mm long, its size is comparable to the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Lexus NX, and Mercedes-Benz GLB.
As for powertrain options, there are three to choose from. The entry-level version puts out a respectable 170 PS, while the mid-spec Q4 e-Tron makes 204 PS. But for those who want more kick out of its motors, the range-topper packs 299 PS. Audi claims the top-spec variant can do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 4.2 seconds. Interestingly, the base model isn't front-wheel drive like most lower-spec Audis. Instead, power is delivered to the rear wheels. The range is rated up to 520 kilometers.
Inside, Audi fitted the Q4 e-Tron with their biggest touchscreen available. The center stack is tilted towards the driver, and there are elements from other Audi models all over the cabin. This crossover is also available with an augmented reality display. It's a notch above standard heads-up displayed by projecting 3D images on the windshield. It also comes with a route planner that displays all charging stations along the way.
With its competitive pricing, the Q4 e-Tron is Audi's best shot at making luxury EVs more mainstream. At the moment, it is the only German luxury crossover with that kind of price tag. If it catches on, it will give Audi more incentive to build more electric vehicles. PGA Cars, the local distributor for Audi vehicles in the country, could consider bringing it here too. Besides, they already sell the Porsche Taycan.