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2024 Audi Q8 E Tron, All you want to know & watch about a Great Car

 

2024 Audi Q8 E Tron First Look: New Name, More Range

Audi rebrands its E-Tron SUV as it marches towards an all-EV future.

2024 audi q8 etron sq8 sportback rear motion

When Audi revealed its E-Tron all-electric SUV back in 2018, the automotive world was in a different place. Gas prices were down, as was demand for electric cars not named Tesla. Now, the EV race is on in earnest, with seemingly every automaker tripping over themselves to rush new and improved electrified models off their factory floors.

Audi’s no different, and has pledged every vehicle it builds after 2026 will be an all-electric model like its 2024 Audi Q8 E-Tron, the four-ringed marque’s new flagship EV SUV. To be clear, the Q8 E-Tron isn’t all-new; instead, it’s an evolution of the present E-Tron SUV, rolling on much the same Audi-derived platform with the same space for the battery pack under the vehicle’s floor.

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But the 2024 Audi Q8 E Tron is new where it counts, primarily the battery and its range. Audi officials heard from customers (some 150,000 have bought E-Trons worldwide to date) who said they want (brace for it) more range and efficiency, and that’s what engineers spent a huge amount of time improving. There will be two battery sizes for global markets, a 91-kWh version and a larger 114-kWh version, the only one we’ll get here in America.

It’s All About The (300-Plus Mile) Range

What that means is a range Audi officials told us will have a three in front of it, thanks in large part to changes in how much energy the battery cells can store. How much more than 300 miles to a charge? Audi won’t say yet, but wherever it ends up, it will be considerably greater range than the present 2023 E-Tron SUV, which is EPA rated at 222 miles to a full charge in its highest capacity.

2024 audi q8 sportback front three quarter motion2

Also improved will be the Q8 E-Tron’s charging speed at a DC fast-charging station, which has been bumped to 170 kilowatts of peak charging ability for the 114-kWh battery. Audi engineers said there’s a flatter charging curve at every state of the battery, which helps to sustain a quicker charge rate of 10-80 percent of capacity in as little as 35 minutes.

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Audi also did some work on the E-Tron’s U.S. lineup naming structure, dubbing the new models Q8 55 (formerly the base E-Tron) and SQ8 (formerly E-Tron S), but didn’t do any real boosting to the EV SUV’s power or performance. Expect similar numbers to the existing 2023 E-Tron SUV lineup, which in the base model delivers 355 hp and 414 lb-ft of torque (404 hp and 490 in boost mode, and 5.1 seconds to 60 mph) and 429 hp and 596 lb-ft of torque in the E-Tron S (469 hp and 717 hp in boost mode, and an Audi-claimed 4.3 seconds to 60 mph).

Other New And Improved Stuff

While the power will be much the same, Audi boasts the Q8 E-Tron will have a quicker steering ratio and improved suspension arms. Customers reported to Audi that the E-Tron’s steering feel and tuning could be sportier. Audi’s response? “We rectified that.” Moving forward, all Q8 E-Trons worldwide will also have air suspension as standard, a system Audi engineers said they retuned for the new model.

As before, the Q8 E-Trons will be Quattro all-wheel drive EVs, with the Q8 55 utilizing a front and rear motor and the SQ8 a single front and two rear motors that each power a rear wheel and can split torque between axles depending on the situation.

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One change to the new vehicle is an adjustment to the asynchronous rear motor that now utilizes 14 coils instead of the previous 12 to generate its electromagnetic field. Audi says the adjustment helps the motor generate a stronger magnetic field with roughly the same electricity input. This means there’s slightly more torque when called upon, but under normal operation the motor requires less energy, thereby helping lower consumption and increase range.

Audi’s impressive brake energy recovery system also carries over for the Q8 E-Tron, a feature you can set in different stages and effectively use for one-pedal driving in some 90 percent of everyday braking tasks, according to the automaker. The system also has a coasting feature, and Audi says it further tuned the vehicle to have the wheels spin more freely under no-load situations.

Why Q8? Halo Style

You may wonder at this point, why the Q8 name? Doesn’t Audi already have a gas-powered SUV called the Q8? Why yes, it does, and it’s at the top of its SUV heap from a style and price standpoint. Given that Audi is moving to an all-EV lineup, the time is apparently right to bring the E-Tron SUV under a halo label like the Q8. At first glance, it’s not a huge departure from the present E-Tron lineup style-wise, and it’s still available in base and Sportback models, but there are some noticeable differences depending on the variant.

Look closer and you’ll see new wheel spoilers, a controllable air inlet designed to improve cooling and aerodynamics, and updated front and rear fascias featuring a new grille insert, and matrix LED headlamps. Audi also says the 2024 Q8 E-Tron will be its first model with what it calls a “new corporate identity” in the form of two-dimensional Audi rings in the grille and a model badge on the B-pillar.

2024 audi q8 etron sq8 sportback cabin

Inside, you’ll find much of the latest Audi tech and convenience features, including the MMI 8.6 and 10.1-inch diagonal haptic touch displays, and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit as standard.

What’s the new 2024 Audi Q8 EV going to cost when it hits U.S. showrooms sometime next spring? We expect a modest premium over the present 2023 E-Tron lineup, which starts at $72,580 for a base non-Sportback SUV and tops out north of $92,000 for the E-Tron S Sportback.

2024 Audi Q8 e-tron / Q8 e-tron Sportback Starting at $72,000 est

  • HIGHS: Hushed interior, spacious for adults in both rows, luxurious, techy cabin.
  • LOWS: Rivals smoke it in a drag race, doesn’t push the class’s range threshold.
  • VERDICT: As Audi’s flagship EV SUV, the Q8 e-tron adheres closely to the brand’s luxury-and- technology-forward ethos to good effect.

Overview

If you’re currently driving an Audi Q7 or Q8 SUV but are considering going EV next time around, the 2024 Q8 e-tron (previously known simply as the e-tron) will provide you with an easy transition. Its design and overall vibe are similar to the rest of the luxury automaker’s lineup, so the only element to adjust to is the powertrain. Two electric motors provide all-wheel drive and up to 402 horsepower. Acceleration is strong, but not as rushed as in rifle-shot rivals like the BMW iX, Jaguar I-Pace, or Tesla Model X.

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If you’re up for a quicker version Q8 e-tron, there’s an SQ8 e-tron (reviewed separately), which offers 496 horsepower. High-tech features dot the Q8 e-tron’s hushed 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, fastback 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 provides a usable real-world driving range that promises to be competitive with that of other luxury EV SUVs. Plus, it can be charged quickly 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 rechristened as 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, restyled lighting elements, and updated wheel designs. Both models now also sport 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. Last year, a higher-performance S e-tron model was offered, but that has been spun off as the SQ8 e-tron, which we review separately.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

Premium
$72,000 (est)
Sportback Premium
$76,000 (est)
Premium Plus
$79,000 (est)
Sportback Premium Plus
$83,000 (est)
Prestige
$88,000 (est)
Sportback Prestige
$91,000 (est)

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 since they offer a comprehensive suite of standard features at a reasonable—for a luxury EV SUV—price. When learn more 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 bodywork are two electric motors, one located at 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 regular driving situations, they make a combined 355 horsepower and 414 pound-feet of torque. However, putting the shifter into Sport mode briefly unlocks 402 ponies and 490 pound-feet of torque.

Our driving impressions revealed that the Q8 e-tron was swift and composed. Its snappy 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 obligatory regenerative braking system.

However, we were disappointed that its regen wasn’t 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 overly-optimistic European WLTP test cycle. Here in America, we’re expecting the maximum range estimate for the revised SUV to be slightly under 300 miles. If our estimation is correct, that would give the Q8 e-tron competitive range estimate versus rivals such as the I-Pace and the Model X. Every e-tron features a 170-kW fast charger that allows it to replenish 80 percent of its battery in about 30 minutes.

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Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe

The EPA hasn’t released fuel economy estimates yet for the 2024 Q8 e-tron SUV but we expect they’ll be similar to the 2023 model, which was 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 regimen, and update this story with test results. For more information about the e-tron’s fuel economy, 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 flush-mounted touchscreens in the center. Of course, there are a variety of upscale options such as a head-up display and massaging 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.

That helps provide the regular Q8 e-tron with a commodious cargo area that measures 29 cubic feet behind the back row and 57 with the seatbacks folded flat. The Sportback’s sloping roofline reduces both figures by 2 cubes, but we still fit seven carry-on suitcases 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 display on top and an 8.6-inch unit below it. While the upper screen provides access to the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps as well as the available Bang & Olufsen audio system, the bottom screen is mainly used for controlling the climate settings. Along with several power points, the system also features a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot; a wireless smartphone charger is optional.

 

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Audi deploys an array of standard 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 about the Q8 e-tron SUV and Q8 e-tron Sportback’s 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 automated emergency braking
  • Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Standard lane-departure warning

 

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Audi provides a competitive albeit unremarkable limited and powertrain warranty. Rival EV SUVs such as 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

2020 Audi e-tron Sportback

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

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

MOTOR 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 vented disc/13.8-in vented disc
Tires: Bridgestone CrossContact LX Sport, 265/45R-21 108H M+S AO

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 115.0 in
Length: 193.0 in
Width: 76.2 in
Height: 65.0 in
Passenger volume: 102 ft3
Cargo volume: 27 ft3
Curb weight: 5819 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 5.1 sec
100 mph: 13.3 sec
120 mph: 22.2 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 @ 101 mph
Top speed (governor limited, mfr’s claim): 125 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 182 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.84 g
Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

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

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

 

2024 Audi Q8 e-tron Brings a New Name, a Fresh Face, and Extra Range

The refreshed SUV’s new moniker makes more sense within the e-tron lineup, and a revised electric motor and improved aerodynamics should increase range significantly.

  • The Audi e-tron has been refreshed, becoming the Q8 e-tron and sporting a new front end with a mask-like grille that puts it in line with the smaller Q4 e-tron.
  • Power output is unchanged, but the Q8 e-tron and SQ8 e-tron are expected to improve their range estimates thanks to a redesigned rear electric motor and better aerodynamics.
  • Audi says the Q8 e-tron can charge at a rate of 170 kW, going from 10 to 80 percent in 31 minutes on a DC fast charger.

Since Audi first launched the e-tron SUV in 2019, it has added the voluptuous e-tron GT sedan and the smaller Q4 e-tron crossover to its electric arsenal. Now, the original e-tron is gaining a new moniker to differentiate it from its fellow electric Audis as part of a substantial overhaul.

Rechristened as the Q8 e-tron, the facelifted EV arrives with fresh styling and increased range, and the sleek Sportback and more powerful S (now called SQ8 e-tron) variants also return. (The new name doesn’t eliminate confusion entirely, however, as there are also distinct gasoline-powered Q8 and SQ8 models; calling it the Q6 e-tron would’ve been a better move in our opinion.)

Same Power, More Range

While Europe receives a base model with a smaller battery and less power, the only configurations that will be sold in the United States are the Q8 e-tron 55 and the SQ8 e-tron, which replaces the e-tron S. Power outputs are unchanged from before. The 55, with all-wheel drive via a dual-motor setup, maxes out at 402 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque in Sport mode.

The SQ8 e-tron, meanwhile, packs three electric motors, with a 166-hp unit up front and two 131-hp motors housed on the rear axle producing a combined 496 hp and 718 pound-feet of torque in Sport mode. The 55 model reaches 62 mph in a claimed 5.6 seconds while the SQ8 drops that sprint to 4.5 ticks. Top speed for the 55 is limited to 124 mph, and the SQ8 e-tron can hit 130 mph.

Both models utilize a battery with 106.0 kWh of usable capacity. Audi says it is aiming for certain versions of the updated model to have an EPA-estimated range above 300 miles, or a 30 to 40 percent increase over the current model’s EPA range that tops out at 222 miles. On the European WLTP test cycle, the Q8 e-tron lineup is rated at between 307 and 373 miles of range. Audi also claims the Q8 e-tron will charge at a rate of up to 170 kW, with the battery charging from 10 to 80 percent in as quickly as 31 minutes on a DC fast charger.

The 2024 Q8 e-tron’s bump in range is the product of an upgraded rear motor and improved aerodynamics. The asynchronous motor on the rear axle now uses 14 coils to generate its electromagnetic field, up from 12. This makes the motor more efficient, since it can use less electricity to create the same amount of torque, or produce more torque using the same amount of energy as the old 12-coil design.

Aerodynamics also play a huge role. The restyled front end has decreased the drag coefficient slightly to 0.24 for the Sportback and 0.27 for the SUV. The Q8 e-tron also adds larger wheel spoilers up front on the underbody of the vehicle, channeling airflow around the front wheels to help the large crossover carve through the air more efficiently.

New Design and Tech Features

While the overall body shape remains the same, the Q8 e-tron debuts a new mask-like grille design, visually linking it with the e-tron GT and Q4 e-tron. The new grille also features a light bar over the Audi logo, connecting the headlights. The grille presents a new version of Audi’s four-ringed logo, and the logo and model designation are also laser-etched into the car’s B-pillar. The Q8 e-tron comes standard with an air suspension, and the body height can be adjusted by about 3 inches. There’s also revised tuning for the air springs and an updated steering ratio.

The big addition to the Q8 e-tron’s suite of driver-assistance systems is remote park assist plus, which can navigate the SUV into tight spots as the owner controls the process from outside the vehicle via a smartphone app. The Q8 e-tron also features digital Matrix LED headlights that can individually illuminate different sections of the road depending on the conditions, but these lights remain exclusive to Europe for the time being due to different regulations in the United States.

The interior is centered around two touchscreens—a 10.1-inch unit situated above an 8.6-inch display—that handle almost every function, although drivers can also use voice commands. Options include features such as a head-up display, four-zone climate control, and massaging seats. A light brown walnut wood interior trim is new. The S-Line package adds seats wrapped in synthetic leather and a microfiber called Dinamica, which is made from recycled bottles, fiber residue, and used textiles.

The Q8 e-tron arrives in the United States at the end of April 2023. Pricing will be announced later, but we don’t expect a major increase over the current starting price of $71,995 for the standard model and $89,395 for the S.

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