Audi’s on a roll with the E-tron line. The 2022 Q4 E-tron is the fourth E-tron electric vehicle from the German automaker, and it’s entering the coveted compact-SUV space. The Q4 E-tron is built on the MEB architecture, shared with the Volkswagen ID.3, ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV. The interiors and exteriors of these cars couldn’t be more different. VW is going for a more minimalist approach, Audi’s Q4 e-tron interior is reflective of the luxury brand. Currently, the infotainment systems is the technology that is currently the most different in each of these cars.
The Q4 E-tron has a two-layer dashboard with the MMI v3 touchscreen infotainment system. It is offered with a standard 10.1″ display, with a 1,540×720 resolution, voice control, MMI radio plus and standard DAB reception. The system can be used to control a number of comfort functions too and supports handwriting. At the end of the year, there will also be a 11.6″ option, with a resolution of 1,764×824, which will make it the largest display offered in their portfolio.
The instrument cluster is fully digital and can be operated via the multi-function steering wheel. Customers will get to upgrade it with the virtual cockpit as the first option level, which brings navigation map and infotainment control. The virtual cockpit plus offers ‘classic’, ‘sport’ and ‘e-tron’ layouts.
Fans of actual tangible buttons will be happy to know that the climate controls are operated via physical buttons directly below the infotainment screen while the gear shifter, drive mode, and media control buttons are housed in a floating center console with room underneath for storage.
Double-spoke steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls
The Q4 E-Tron features a new steering wheel design that further sets it apart from the rest of the range. It has touch-sensitive controls that support swipe gestures and have haptic feedback.
Head Up Display with Augmented Reality
The highlight of the entire tech gear is the AR-backed head-up display. The feature reflects the important information via the windscreen, but unlike the regular HUD, the navigation symbols and certain assist systems appear to be floating ahead at a physical distance of around 10 meters (32.8 ft) to the driver.
The Q4 e-tron will superimpose navigation elements onto the windshield. Information about upcoming intersections will be projected in addition to a dynamic floating arrow that appears ahead of route actions. For example, it will appear ahead of a turn at an intersection to help the driver stay on the correct route. It should be helpful particularly in roundabouts and at complex intersections with more than the typical four roads.
Nicole Scott got to do a test drive of the Augmented Reality Heads Up Display, she has a video here for you to check out: