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2024 Audi Q8 e-tron / Q8 e-tron Sportback Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

If you currently drive an Audi Q7 or Q8 SUV but are considering going EV next time, the 2024 Q8 e-tron (formerly known simply as the e-tron) will provide you with an easy transition. Its design and overall vibe is consistent with the rest of the luxury automaker’s lineup, so the only element to adjust is the powertrain. Two electric motors provide four-wheel drive and up to 402 horsepower. Acceleration is strong, but not as rushed as in shotgun rivals like the BMW iX, Jaguar I-Pace or Tesla Model X. If you fancy a faster version Q8 e-tron, there is an SQ8 e-tron (reviewed separately), which offers 496 horsepower. High-tech features permeate the Q8 e-tron’s quiet cabin, which is something Audi loyalists have come to expect. There are two body styles to choose from—the standard Q8 e-tron and the sportier, faster Q8 e-tron Sportback, but neither 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 a useful real-world driving range that promises to be competitive with that of other luxury EV SUVs. Plus, it can be quickly charged at a public charging station if you’re traveling 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 range – all of which are some form of the e uses -tron name. To mark the occasion, Audi has given the SUVs a styling refresh that includes a redesigned grille, restyled lighting elements and updated wheel designs. Both models now also have a larger 106.0 kWh battery pack, which should give the Q8 e-tron models more range and the ability to better compete with rivals. A higher-performance S e-tron model was offered last year, but it was spun off as the SQ8 e-tron, which we review separately.

Prices and which one to buy

Premium

$72,000 (estimated)

$76,000 (estimated)

Premium Plus

$79,000 (estimated)

Sportback Premium Plus

$83,000 (estimated)

Prestige

$88,000 (estimated)

Sportback Prestige

$91,000 (estimated)

Audi hasn’t released pricing information on the 2024 Q8 e-tron models, but in the past we’ve recommended the entry-level Premium trims as they offer a comprehensive suite of standard features at a reasonable—for a luxury EV SUV— price. When more is learned about how each trim will be priced and equipped, we’ll update this story with those details.

EV motor, power and performance

Beneath the Q8 e-tron’s heavily creased body are two electric motors, one at the front and the other at the rear. Together they provide electronic four-wheel drive, but the rear motor does most of the work. In regular driving situations, they produce a combined 355 horsepower and 414 pound-feet of torque. However, popping the switch into Sport mode briefly unlocks 402 ponies and 490 pound-feet of torque. We drive impressions revealed that the Q8 e-tron was quick and composed. Its quick acceleration is typical of electric vehicles, and the smooth, quiet ride quality confirmed its luxury bona fides. Its stopping system expertly blended its traditional friction brakes with the mandatory regenerative braking system. However, we were disappointed that its regent was not aggressive enough to enable one-pedal driving during our test of a Sportback model. Still, the Q8 e-tron demonstrates traditional SUV characteristics with the ability to tow up to 4000 pounds.

Range, charging and battery life

Audi says the Q8 e-tron’s 106.0 kWh battery pack should provide up to 373 miles per charge, but that’s on the over-optimistic European WLTP test cycle. Here in America, we expect the maximum range estimate for the revised SUV to be slightly under 300 miles. If our estimate is correct, this would give the Q8 e-tron a competitive range estimate against rivals such as the I-Pace and the Model X. Each e-tron has a 170 kW fast charger that allows it to charge 80 percent of its battery within about 30 minutes.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe

The EPA has not yet released fuel economy estimates for the 2024 Q8 e-tron SUV, but we expect it to be similar to the 2023 model, which is rated for up to 78 MPGe city and 79 MPGe highway. When we get a chance, we’ll test the Q8 e-tron on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regime, and update this story with test results. For more information on the e-tron’s fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, comfort and cargo

The Q8 e-tron’s most impressive technology is its electrified systems, but the five-seat crossover also has a cutting edge and practical cabin. Its dashboard is packed with multiple high-resolution screens that include Audi’s digital gauge cluster—called Virtual Cockpit—and two built-in touchscreens in the center. Of course, there’s a range of luxury options such as a head-up display and massaging front seats to further round off the Q8 e-tron’s sophisticated interior, which benefits from a flat floor thanks to its neatly packaged underfloor battery pack. This helps provide the regular Q8 e-tron with a generous cargo area of ​​29 cubic feet behind the rear row and 57 with the seats folded flat. The Sportback’s sloping roofline reduces both figures by 2 cubes, but we still fit seven carry-on bags behind its rear seats—one less than in the regular e-tron.

Infotainment and connectivity

Every Q8 e-tron’s infotainment system runs through dual touchscreens, with a 10.1-inch screen on top and an 8.6-inch unit below. While the top screen provides access to the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps as well as the available Bang & Olufsen sound system, the bottom screen is used primarily to control the climate settings. Along with multiple power points, the system also features a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot; a wireless smartphone charger is optional.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

Audi uses a range of standards driver assistance technology on both Q8 e-tron body styles, and they’re available with adaptive cruise control and self-parking 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 Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
  • Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Standard lane departure warning

Warranty and Maintenance Cover

Audi offers a competitive, though unremarkable, limited and powertrain warranty. Rival EV SUVs like the BMW iX and the Jaguar I-Pace offer lengthy complimentary scheduled maintenance plans to accompany their standard warranty packages.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Electrical components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Specifications

Specifications

2020 Audi e-tron Sportback

VEHICLE TYPE
front engine, four-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED
$89,490 (base price: $78,395)

CAR TYPE
2 induction AC motors, 184 and 224 hp, 228 and 262 lb-ft; combined output, 402 hp, 490 lb-ft; 86.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack

TRANSMISSION
2 single speed direct drive

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 14.8-in ventilated disc/13.8-in ventilated disc
Tires: Bridgestone CrossContact LX Sport, 265/45R-21 108H M+S AO

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 115.0 inches
Length: 193.0 inches
Width: 76.2 inches
Height: 65.0 inches
Passenger volume: 102 feet3
Cargo volume: 27 feet3
Core weight: 5819 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 5.1 sec
100 mph: 13.3 sec
120 mph: 22.2 sec
Acceleration, 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 @ 101 mph
Top speed (governor limited, mfr’s claim): 125 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 182 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot slide slide: 0.84 g

Stand-start access times allow 1-foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 73 MPGe
75 mph highway driving: 75 MPGe
Freeway range: 220 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 77/76/78 MPGe
Range: 218 miles

C/D TEST EXPLAINED

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