• Audi has revealed two new compact electric SUVs this week. The Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron.

    Both models are the first production cars from Audi to be built on VW Group’s MEB electric car platform and share the same underpinnings as the group’s other compact electric SUV’s, the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda ENYAQ iV.

    Based on the Audi Q4 e-tron concepts shown off at the start of 2019, these production models will be available in three drive variants for different customer groups: entry level with 125 kW (170 PS) and rear-wheel drive; mid-range version with 150 kW (204 PS); top model with 220 kW (299 PS). Two battery sizes are available depending on the drive variant, 55kWh and 77kWh, with the latter able to deliver a maximum range of up to 323 miles (WLTP).

    The New Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron will be available in June 2021 with prices estimated to start from £40,750 for the SUV and an extra £2000 premium for the Sportback.

 

  • The Polestar 2 lineup has expanded, with cheaper single motor variants now available.

    Launched last year as a standalone model with a dual motor and four-wheel-drive, the latest models are front-wheel-drive only and are equipped with a motor on the front axle. These cheaper offerings have two battery options of either a Standard Range (64 kWh) or Long Range (78kWh) and can offer a max range of either 273 miles (WLTP) or 336 miles (WLTP).

    The latest Polestar 2 variants are available to order now with deliveries expected later this year.


  • Euro NCAP has released its latest safety ratings for three new cars this week.

    The Skoda ENYAQ iV and Volkswagen ID.4 are each awarded a top five-star rating. The New Dacia Sandero Stepway has been given a two-star rating.

    The ENYAQ iV is Skoda’s first ground-up all-electric vehicle and uses the same MEB as the Volkswagen ID.4 and the ID.3 tested by Euro NCAP last year. Both ENYAQ iV and ID.4 produced similar results and are separated by no more than a few points in the different areas of assessment. Each car achieved a score of over 90 percent for adult occupant protection and also scored highly in child occupant protection, as well as for the protection of vulnerable road users and for safety assistance.

    By contrast, the Dacia Sandero Stepway offers a pared-down safety specification and the basic, radar-only autonomous emergency braking system – soon a legal requirement – reacts only to other vehicles and is not designed to prevent crashes with pedestrians or cyclists. The car also offers no lane support which overall caused it score poorly for the protection of vulnerable road users and for safety assistance.

    Crash protection for adults and children in the Sandero Stepway is however respectable, with performance that would make the car a four-star performer if it were not for its shortcomings.