If you currently drive an Audi Q7 or Q8 SUV but are considering switching to electric vehicles next time, the 2024 Q8 e-tron (formerly known simply as the e-tron) offers you an easy transition. The design and general vibe are similar to the rest of the luxury automaker’s lineup, so the only element to adapt to is the powertrain. Two electric motors ensure four-wheel drive and up to 402 hp. Acceleration is strong but not as rushed as rivals like the BMW iX, Jaguar I-Pace or Tesla Model X. If you fancy a faster version of the Q8 e-tron, there’s an SQ8 e-tron (reviewed separately ), which offers 496 hp. High-tech features line the Q8 e-tron’s hushed cabin, which is what Audi loyalists have come to expect. There are two body styles to choose from – the standard Q8 e-tron and the sportier Q8 e-tron Sportback hatchback, but neither of them shout about their eco-friendliness – in fact, they couldn’t look more conventional. Whichever body style you choose, the Q8 e-tron comes with a battery pack that offers usable real-world range that promises to be competitive with that of other luxury EV SUVs. It can also be charged quickly at a public charging station over long distances.
What’s new for 2024?
For 2024, the e-tron and e-tron Sportback SUVs have been renamed the Q8 e-tron and Q8 e-tron Sportback, presumably to avoid confusion with other members of Audi’s growing EV lineup, all of which use some form of the e – tron name. To mark the occasion, Audi has given the SUVs a styling refresh that includes a redesigned grille, redesigned lighting elements and updated wheel designs. Both models now also feature a larger 106.0 kWh battery pack, which is said to give the Q8 e-tron models more range and better competitiveness. A more powerful S e-tron model was offered last year, but this has been spun off as the SQ8 e-tron, which we review separately.
Prices and which to buy
Audi hasn’t released pricing information on the 2024 Q8 e-tron models, but in the past we’ve recommended the entry-level premium trim levels, as they offer a comprehensive set of standard features at a reasonable – for a luxury EV SUV. Price. As we learn more about how each trim is priced and outfitted, we’ll update this story with those details.
EV motor, power and performance
Underneath the Q8 e-tron’s heavily crumpled bodywork are two electric motors, one on the front axle and the other at the rear. Together they provide electronic all-wheel drive, but the rear motor does most of the work. In normal driving situations, they together make 355 horsepower and 414 pound-feet of torque. However, flicking the shifter into Sport mode briefly unlocks 402 ponies and 490 pound-feet of torque. Our driving impressions showed that the Q8 e-tron was quick and composed. Its snappy acceleration is typical of electric vehicles, and the smooth, quiet ride quality validated its luxury. Its braking system expertly blended its traditional friction brakes with the obligatory regenerative braking system. However, we were disappointed that the regeneration wasn’t aggressive enough to allow single-pedal riding in our test of a Sportback model. Still, the Q8 e-tron displays traditional SUV characteristics with the ability to tow up to 4000 pounds.
range, charging process and battery life
Audi says the Q8 e-tron’s 106.0kWh battery pack should deliver up to 600km per charge, but that’s the overly optimistic European WLTP test cycle. Here in America, we expect the maximum range estimate for the facelifted SUV to be just under 300 miles. If our estimate is correct, that would give the Q8 e-tron a competitive range estimate over rivals like the I-Pace and Model X. Each e-tron has a 170 kW fast charger that allows it to recharge 80 percent of its battery in around 30 minutes.
Fuel economy and real MPGe
The EPA hasn’t released fuel economy estimates for the 2024 Q8 e-tron SUV, but we expect them to be similar to the 2023 model, which was rated at up to 78 MPGe City and 79 MPGe Highway. When we get the chance, we’ll be testing the Q8 e-tron on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy track, which is part of our extensive test program, and update this story with test results. You can find more information on the fuel consumption of the e-tron at EPA website.
Interior, comfort and cargo
The Q8 e-tron’s most impressive technology is its electrified systems, but the five-seat crossover also boasts a state-of-the-art and practical cabin. The dashboard is packed with multiple high-resolution screens, including Audi’s digital instrument cluster – dubbed the Virtual Cockpit – and two flush-mounted touchscreens in the center. Of course, there’s a host of upmarket options like a heads-up display and massage front seats to further round out the Q8 e-tron’s sophisticated interior, which benefits from a flat floor thanks to its neatly packaged underfloor battery pack. This helps give the regular Q8 e-tron a roomy cargo area, measuring 29 cubic feet behind the back row and 57 cubic feet with the seatbacks folded flat. The Sportback’s sloping roofline reduces both numbers by 2 cubes, but we still fit seven carry-on cases behind its rear seats – one less than in the regular e-tron.
infotainment and connectivity
Each Q8 e-tron’s infotainment system runs over two touchscreens, with a 10.1-inch display at the top and an 8.6-inch unit below. While the top screen offers access to the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps, as well as the available Bang & Olufsen audio system, the bottom screen is primarily for controlling the climate settings. In addition to multiple power outlets, the system also features a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot; a wireless smartphone charger is optional.
Safety and driver assistance functions
Audi relies on a number of series driver assistance technology on both Q8 e-tron body styles, and they’re available with adaptive cruise control and automatic park assist. For more information on the Q8 e-tron SUV and Q8 e-tron Sportback crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Road Safety (IIHS) Web pages. Key security features include:
- Collision warning and automated emergency braking as standard
- Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic warning as standard
- Standard lane departure warning
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Audi offers a competitive, if unremarkable, limited and powertrain warranty. Competing EV SUVs like the BMW iX and Jaguar I-Pace offer lengthy free scheduled maintenance plans to accompany their standard warranty packages.
- The limited warranty is four years or 50,000 miles
- The powertrain warranty is four years or 50,000 miles
- Electrical components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles
- No free scheduled maintenance
2020 Audi e-tron Sportback
Front engine, 4WD, 5 passenger, 4 door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED
$89,490 (base price: $78,395)
2 induction AC motors, 184 and 224 hp, 228 and 262 lb-ft; combined power, 402 hp, 490 lb-ft; 86.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack
2 single speed direct drive
Suspension (F/R): Multilink/Multilink
Brakes (F/R): 14.8″ ventilated disc/13.8″ ventilated disc
Tyres: Bridgestone CrossContact LX Sport, 265/45R-21 108H M+S AO
Wheelbase: 115.0 inches
Length: 193.0 inches
Width: 76.2 inches
Height: 65.0 inches
Passenger volume: 102 ft3
Cargo volume: 27 ft3
Curb weight: 5819 lbs
CD TEST RESULTS
60mph: 5.1 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.2 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.3 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.0 sec
1/4 mile: 13.8 sec at 101 mph
Top speed (Governor Limited, manufacturer data): 125 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 182 ft
Road holding, 300 ft diameter skidpad: 0.84 g
Omit acceleration times from a standing start 1-foot rollout of 0.3 seconds.
CD FUEL SAVING
Observed: 73 MPGe
Motorway driving at 75 mph: 75 MPGe
Freeway range: 220 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 77/76/78 MPGe
Range: 218 miles
CD EXAMINATION EXPLAINED
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