There's not a huge premium to pay for Q4 Sportback e-tron ownership over the price of an ordinary Q4 e-tron (which, just to remind you, is priced from just over £41,000 as a starting point). There are lots of model options if you want to pay more, with variants ranging right the way up to just under the £70,000 price point. There are four trim levels - 'Sport', 'S line', 'Edition 1' and 'Vorsprung'. And the range kicks off with the 52kWh 35 e-tron variant. You'll need well over £45,000 for the 40 e-tron derivative with the larger 77kWh battery; and well over £50,000 for the top 50 e-tron 4WD model.
Base 'Sport' variants get 19-inch Graphite Grey alloy wheels, those rims upgraded to 20-inches in size further up the range. A black styling package is a feature of the top-tier 'Vorsprung' models with their even more striking 21-inch wheels. Across the line-up, there's lots of sophisticated equipment available - much of it optional. Like the Matrix LED headlights with their 16 individually activated LEDs. And the bespoke Sonos sound system upgrade package. We'd also want to look at the optional heat pump, which rapidly heats and cools the interior using the thermal losses from the electric components and the temperature of the outside air. It uses eco-friendly CO2 as a refrigerant, which flows through the circuit at high pressure. The heat pump can reduce losses in range caused by usage of the climate control system, especially in winter. Its strengths come to the fore on long drives.