Close
Independent, Expert EV Reviews & Advice Since 2006
Audi Q8 e-tron

Longer range Audi Q8 e-tron replaces the Audi e-tron

The Audi e-tron has become the Audi Q8 e-tron and has gained a larger 114 kWh battery delivering up to 343 miles of range.

The Audi Q8 e-tron will go on sale in mid-November, with first deliveries due in April 2023. Full UK pricing and specification is yet to be confirmed.

The Q8 e-tron will be available with SUV and Sportback body styles, and there will be an SQ8 e-tron and an SQ8 Sportback e-tron.

As well as the new, larger battery, giving an increased range of up to 330 miles (WLTP) in the SUV and up to 343 miles (WLTP) in the Sportback, it will have an optimised drivetrain, improved aerodynamics, higher charging performance (up to 170kW) and design changes. The Q8 e-tron also features Audi’s new corporate identity with a two-dimensional logo design.

Audi has achieved sales of 150,000 e-tron models over the last four years. The brand now has eight electric models and by 2026, it will have more than 20, and at that point, Audi will only be releasing fully electric models on the global market.

The Q8 e-tron SUV has a 569-litre boot, and the Sportback has 528-litres. There are also 62 litres available in the front storage area (the ‘frunk’).

For both body shapes, three drivetrain variants with electric all-wheel drive are available. Driven by two motors, the base models of the Audi Q8 50 e-tron and the Audi Q8 Sportback 50 e-tron generate 250kW (340PS) in boost mode and 664Nm of torque, and they get a WLTP range of up to 281 miles (SUV) and up to 290 miles (Sportback) in UK versions.

Sitting above in the line-up is the Audi Q8 55 e-tron and Audi Q8 Sportback 55 e-tron, which are also driven by two electric motors. The models generate 300kW (408PS) in boost mode and 664Nm of torque. Their ranges are up to 330 miles for the SUV and up to 343 miles for the Sportback in the UK. The top speed, and that of the Q8 50 e-tron, is limited to 124mph.

The top-end Audi SQ8 e-tron and Audi SQ8 Sportback e-tron are driven by three motors. Their boost performance amounts to 370 kW (503PS) and 973 Nm of torque.  The range of the S models is up to 284 miles for the SUV and up to 295 miles for the Sportback. Top speed is limited to 130mph.

The battery of the Q8 50 e-tron has a storage capacity of 89kWh (95kWh gross), while the more powerful versions of the Q8 55 e-tron and SQ8 e-tron boast a battery storage capacity of 106kWh (114kWh gross). Thanks to an adjustment to the battery management system, the battery capacity usable for customers has increased as well. 

At a high-powered charging station, the Audi Q8 50 e-tron reaches a maximum charging performance of 150kW. With the Q8 55 e-tron and SQ8 e-tron, the maximum charging performance increases to up to 170kW. The larger battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent during a 31-minute charging stop – under ideal conditions, this corresponds to a range of up to 240 miles. 

At an AC charging station or wallbox, the Audi Q8 e-tron charges at up to 11kW. Audi offers an optional AC charging upgrade of up to 22kW. Under ideal conditions, the Audi Q8 50 e-tron can completely charge in around nine hours and 15 minutes on a 11kW power source and in around four hours and 45 minutes on a 22kW power source. The Q8 55 e-tron’s larger battery will charge in around 11 hours and 30 minutes at 11 kW and six hours at 22 kW. 

For the new Audi Q8 e-tron, the electric motor on the rear axle has been modified and now generates more torque.

The three-motor set-up was refined for the new SQ8 e-tron. It comprises a 124kW (168PS) electric motor on the front axle and two electric motors on the rear axle, each driving one wheel, with 98kW (133PS) of output. This allows for an output of up to 370kW (503PS) in boost mode. The torque can be distributed across both rear electric motors between both wheels within a split second.

The new Audi Q8 e-tron comes as standard with an air-spring suspension with controlled shock absorption. The height of the car body can be varied by a total of 76mm, depending on the driving situation.

The steering now responds much more quickly and there are more rigid suspension bearings on the front axle.

A reduction of the drag coefficient has been achieved, from 0.26 to 0.24 cw for the Q8 Sportback e-tron and from 0.28 to 0.26 cw for the Q8 e-tron. The wheel spoilers mounted on the underbody help divert airflow around the wheels. The spoilers on the front axle were enlarged, and the Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron now has spoilers on the rear wheels as well. With the SQ8 Sportback e-tron, spoilers are only mounted on the rear axle. In the area around the grille, this is the first time an Audi model has had a self-sealing system in addition to the electric shutters that automatically close the radiator. This system further optimizes the airflow at the front of the car and prevents undesired losses.

There are around 40 driver assistance systems available in the Audi Q8 e-tron and remote park assist plus is a new feature, which will be available to order later in 2023.

The Audi Q8 e-tron will be certified as net-carbon-neutral for customers in Europe and the USA.

GREEN CAR GUIDE AUDI REVIEWS >>