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Audi Q8 e-tron

(2019 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

67
%
B

Used car score:

62
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

67
%
C

Safety Rating:

69
%
C

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

54
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

67
%
B

Used car score:

62
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

67
%
C

Safety Rating:

69
%
C

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

54
%
D

Summary


The Audi Q8 e-tron is a large electric SUV/crossover vehicle and Audi’s first production electric car, Named the ‘Audi e-tron’ when launched in early 2019, the SUV picked up the ‘Q8’ moniker after its 2022 facelift, despite not being related to the combustion-powered Audi Q8 range.

The Q8 e-tron is available in two similar body styles; a conventional SUV with a fairly vertical tailgate, and a slightly sleeker ‘Coupé-SUV’ liftback version called the Q8 e-tron Sportback. The front half of the two cars is the same.

The Audi e-tron has received positive reviews from the UK automotive media, with scores ranging from good to outstanding. The lowest scores have tended to be from performance-oriented titles like Top Gear and Evo, while the highest scores have come from consumer titles like Honest John and Auto Express.

The e-tron has received particular praise for its smooth and quiet drivetrain, practicality and overall refinement. The main criticisms levelled at it argue that it’s not as exciting to drive as a Jaguar I-Pace and the optional rear-view wing cameras are a bit gimmicky.

Facelifted in the late months of 2022, the updated model features several cosmetic tweaks and an improved battery range.

As of January 2024, the Audi e-tron holds a New Car Expert Rating of B (67%) and a slightly lower Used Car Expert Rating of C (62%), based on 60 published media reviews – for the original e-tron and the updated Q8 e-tron – as well as Euro NCAP safety ratings, and running costs.

Q8 e-tron highlights

  • Comfortable, refined, spacious
  • Plenty of advanced technology
  • Drives better than expected for a heavy car
  • Similarities to regular Audis will appeal to some

Q8 e-tron lowlights

  • More expensive than Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQC
  • Battery range not as good as rivals
  • Expensive camera option to replace mirrors not worth it
  • Not as dramatic as a Tesla Model X

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV and coupé-SUV
Powertrain: electric motor, battery-powered
Price: From £70,910 on-road

Launched: Winter 2018/19
Last updated: Winter 2022/23
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Business Car

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Daily Mail

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Daily Mirror

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Discover EV

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Driving Electric

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Electrifying.com

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Evo

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Fleetworld

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Motoring Research

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Move Electric

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which EV?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: May 2019
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 91%
Child protection: 85%
Vulnerable road users: 71%
Safety assist: 76%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Audi e-tron has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the Q8 e-tron is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models303 milesA175 – 343 milesA – C
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models2.9 m/KWhE2.3 – 3.3 m/KWhE – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F43 – 50D – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£308C
Year 2£646C
Year 3£1,031B
Year 4£1,260C
Year 5£1,649B
Overall£4,894C

Despite being an EV, the Audi Q8 e-tron isn’t the cheapest car in the world to own and run. That’s according to whole-life cost data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our technical partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) is poor, which means you don’t get as much range out of the battery as you would in another car with a similarly sized battery.

Insurance is also likely to be pricey as the Q8 e-tron models all sit in the higher groups, with most in the very top Group 50.

Servicing and maintenance costs are reasonable for a premium car in this price range – more expensive than average for an electric vehicle but cheaper than an equivalent petrol or diesel Audi SUV.

Security rating

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Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Pass

Date: 2019


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Audi unveils all-electric e-tron Sportback

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Audi e-tron electric car among five-star safety winners

Audi e-tron electric car among five-star safety winners

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Audi e-tron test drive

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Geneva 2019: All electric for Audi

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Audi e-tron first of electric family

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Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Audi Q8 e-tron has received

2023

  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Used Electric Luxury Car

2022

  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Car for Families
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Luxury EV

2021

  • carwow Awards – Best Large Electric Car (e-tron Sportback)
  • What Car? Awards – Best Large Electric Car for Comfort + Best Coupé SUV for Comfort (e-tron Sportback)

2020

  • What Car? Awards – Best Large Electric Car over £70,000

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If you’re looking at the Audi Q8 e-tron, you might also be interested in these alternatives

BMW iX3 | Ford Mustang Mach-E | Jaguar I-Pace | Mercedes-Benz EQC | Tesla Model X

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The Audi Q8 e-tron has received positive media reviews, with praise for its smooth and quiet drivetrain, practicality and overall refinement.Audi Q8 e-tron