The Audi Q8 E-Tron has been a long-awaited flagship model for the brand. It packs the kind of range, technology, and luxury that a top-tier electric SUV should. But now, the time has come to see whether the Audi Q8 E-Tron is able to deliver on its promises.
As part of a midlife update for the original E-Tron, the Q8 E-Tron adopts a larger-capacity battery pack but claims less driving range. Prices have also risen across the range. So, has this flagship product successfully flown the flag for Audi’s expanding range of electric models? We spent a week behind the wheel to find out.
How much does the Audi Q8 E-Tron cost in Australia?
Audi has kept the Q8 E-Tron range relatively simple with a choice of traditional SUV or Sportback body styles, both utilizing the same ’55’ powertrain, a dual-motor electric platform rated at 300kW combined. Pricing starts from $153,900 plus on-road costs for the Q8 E-Tron 55 Quattro wagon, or $165,900 for the Q8 Sportback E-Tron 55 Quattro. The driving range for both body shapes is a claimed 454km drawn from a 106kWh useable capacity battery.
How much space does the Audi Q8 E-Tron have inside?
The Q8 E-Tron has a roomy interior, which remains spacious despite the modern fastback exterior. The front seats have well-positioned seating, although there’s a broad console between them. The rear seats allow for four across and offer excellent leg and foot space. The layout carries over from the pre-update E-Tron, featuring a traditional collection of controls, gear selector, and a full console. Boot space is equally impressive, offering 528 litres with the seats up.
Does the Audi Q8 E-Tron have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
The Q8 E-Tron retains the same infotainment system from the original E-Tron, comprised of a 10.1-inch centre screen for inputs, wireless and wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 3D digital native maps, digital radio, and a 10-speaker audio system. The 12.3-inch digital instrument display is configurable, offering access to vital vehicle information.
Is the Audi Q8 E-Tron a safe car?
The Q8 E-Tron carries a five-star ANCAP rating, offering a range of safety features including front airbags, outboard side airbags, full-length curtain airbags, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, reverse cross-traffic alert, and a 360-degree camera.
How much does the Audi Q8 E-Tron cost to maintain?
Audi includes six years of servicing in the purchase price as well as six years of roadside assistance and access to the Chargefox network for charging. It also offers a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty and an eight-year, 160,000km battery warranty.
Is the Audi Q8 E-Tron energy-efficient?
Audi claims the Q8 E-Tron is able to cover 454km on a single charge with an official consumption rate of 25.6 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometres, based on the older NEDC test cycle. Our week with the Q8 E-Tron experienced an average consumption of 29.8kWh/100km.
What is the Audi Q8 E-Tron like to drive?
The Q8 E-Tron offers driving dynamics that are good but not groundbreaking, highlighting unshakable traction, yet revealing noticeable weight when taking corners. The dual-motor powertrain provides through-the-road all-wheel drive, though the Audi is less agile or nimble than some rivals, offering a more comfortable than sporting choice.
Should I buy an Audi Q8 E-Tron?
Overall, the refreshed Q8 E-Tron range delivers on its promises, offering plush luxury and high-tech comfort and ensuring more than enough space for occupants and cargo. However, Audi’s advancement in cutting-edge technology may pale in comparison to newer rivals such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW, offering a more traditional and comfortable driving experience.
How do I buy an Audi Q8 E-Tron – next steps?
The Q8 E-Tron can be an invigorating choice, with the Q8 E-Tron Sportback adding extra features to make it a more enticing option. Interested buyers can look up Audi vehicles listed for sale at Drive.com.au/cars-for-sale or directly search available cars at the Audi Australia website. Additionally, anyone interested in learning more about the Q8 E-Tron range or any updates for the Audi line-up can stay updated with Drive’s comprehensive news coverage.