The best Audi EV so far? We drive the 2025 Q6 e-tron SUV (2024)

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We drive Audi's new 800-volt EV ahead of US deliveries in Q4 2024.

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The best Audi EV so far? We drive the 2025 Q6 e-tron SUV (1)

The arrival of the Q6 e-tron marks a significant milestone on the electric journey that Audi and its corporate siblings began in the wake of dieselgate, nearly a decade ago. Now, after developing electric vehicles based on its own gas-powered models, a cheaper VW platform, and a tweaked Taycan, the brand has led the development of a new platform just for electric vehicles, one that incorporates lessons learned from those earlier EVs.

We've followed the development of that Premium Platform Electric architecture and the Q6 e-tron for some time. Now, we've finally been behind the wheel.

Audi made its name with "quattro" all-wheel drive powertrains, and both versions of Q6 e-tron to be offered initially will use twin-motor, all-wheel drive powertrains—an asynchronous motor driving the front wheels and a permanent magnet synchronous motor at the rear. Both versions will use the same capacity 100 kWh (94.4 kWh net) battery pack, which operates at 800 V and DC fast-charges from 10–80 percent in 21 minutes.

The standard Q6 e-tron quattro has a nominal output of 422 hp (315 kW) and is capable of up to 456 hp (340 kW) when using launch control, which boosts this midsize electric SUV down the drag strip with enough vigor to hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds (0–100 km/h in 5.1 seconds). Don't drive like that, and about 307 miles (495 km) of range should be possible on a single charge, Audi says.

The best Audi EV so far? We drive the 2025 Q6 e-tron SUV (2)

The SQ6 e-tron is the slightly spicy version, with an output of 483 hp (360 kW), peaking at 509 hp (380 kW) for brief bursts. This drops the launch control 0–60 time to 4.1 seconds (4.3 seconds to 100 km/h) and raises the top speed from 130 mph (210 km/h) to 143 mph (230 km/h), a fact that will be purely academic to anyone outside of Germany, and most people there, too. With larger wheels and more rapid acceleration, the SQ6 e-tron's range drops to 276 miles (444 km) on a single charge.

Audi succeeded in finding a mostly alpine set of roads for us to test its newest EV. It probably hadn't counted on such heavy rain, which, it turns out, does not just stay on the plain. The rather miserable conditions proved more intimidating to humans than the Q6 or SQ6.

Over the years, Audi has earned a reputation for setting up the handling of its cars in a particular way, even when using a shared platform. With the exception of its cars that wear the RS badge, that means a bias toward safe and predictable rather than anything too exciting. The good news is that an RS version of the Q6 is in the pipeline, and Sportback variants are coming, too, as well as a possible single-motor powertrain.

Driving impressions

Indeed, neither the Q6 nor SQ6 e-trons feels much like the new Porsche Macan from behind the wheel. Instead, they both feel like Audis from the driver's seat, although the steering feel was sufficiently positive for me to make a note of it.

There's a good one-pedal driving mode, engaged by moving the drive selector from D to B, which will regenerate up to 220 kW under deceleration. Whether you're in this mode or you press the brake pedal, the first 0.25 G of deceleration will use the electric motors to regen, with the car blending in the friction brakes when stability or greater deceleration is needed.

While our test SQ6 was representative of the cars that will arrive in the US at the end of this year, the Q6 e-tron we drove was an EU-spec model, down about 40 hp (30 kW) on the standard model we'll be offered. Despite that, the less-powerful car never felt particularly underpowered, even with a curb weight in excess of 5,200 lbs (2,360 kg). In efficiency mode, the Q6 e-tron will almost only ever use the rear motor, and even in this mode there was more than enough immediate torque to ensure this electric Audi can keep pace.

Even with its more prodigious output, the SQ6 e-tron was an easy fast car to drive slowly. Whoever calibrated the one-pedal throttle map did a good job here, making it easy to add or subtract a mile an hour here or there with a flex of your ankle.

For highway driving, it's often more efficient to coast between bursts of power—you don't have to regenerate that which you don't deploy, say the engineers—and the SQ6 (and Q6) glides nearly effortlessly with the drive selector in D if there's any sort of downhill gradient. Regardless of whether you're cruising on a highway or negotiating traffic in town, the driving experience is a more polished one than the Q8 e-tron, adapted as it is from an internal combustion model, or the Q4 e-tron, which uses the cheaper VW-led MEB platform instead.

In addition to more power and larger wheels, the SQ6 e-tron features new tuning for the adaptive air springs, which oddly seemed more comfortable for passengers when set to Dynamic rather than Comfort, perhaps because the former setting was suppressing body roll. Some of that behavior will be thanks to the domain controllers that have replaced dozens of black boxes, consolidating their functions in a handful of powerful automotive computers.

Tied together by Ethernet and overseen by a backbone computer, one domain controller handles vehicle dynamics, another the driver assistance systems, a third the climate control, lighting, and convenience functions, with a fourth computer responsible for infotainment.

The best Audi EV so far? We drive the 2025 Q6 e-tron SUV (2024)

FAQs

What is the range of the 2024 Q6 e-tron? ›

Range, battery and charging

The Q6 e-tron gets a massive 94.9kWh usable lithium-ion NMC battery capacity (100kWh total), which is good for a range of up to 392 miles on the most efficient models.

Is the Audi Q6 available in the US? ›

Audi Q6 e-tron and SQ6 e-tron models expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships in Q4 2024; with additional variants to follow in 2025.

How many miles is the Audi e-tron SUV? ›

EPA-estimated range for the e-tron GT Premium Plus is 238 mi 7.

What is special about the Audi e-tron? ›

Standard on select Audi e-tron models, the quattro® all-wheel drive instantly switches between two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive in specific driving situations—offering additional grip before it's needed and efficiency when it's not. Instant torque.

What is the range of the Audi Q6? ›

The entry-level Audi Q6 e-tron can do up to 381 miles on a charge. The more powerful SQ6 e-tron can do up to 358 miles on a charge, with its additional performance slightly blunting the available range.

How do you charge the Audi Q6 e tron AC? ›

The charging current limitation is always based on the warmest cells. The Audi Q6 e-tron 1 charges at an AC charging station or home charger with up to 11 kW as standard. This fills an empty battery overnight. Audi will offer AC charging with 22 kW as an option at a later date.

How much will an Audi Q6 e-tron cost? ›

With the Macan Turbo Electric positioned at $180,100 before on-road costs, the RS Q6 e-tron could sit around $200,000 if it surpasses the Porsche in outputs and performance. Stay tuned though, with the RS Q6 e-tron already spotted testing overseas, a full reveal is expected imminently.

What is the range of the Audi e-tron 2025? ›

In the Q6 e-Tron, these motors will combine to produce 422 horsepower, and bursts of 456 hp in launch control will allow the all-electric SUV to accelerate from 0-60 mph in a claimed 4.9 seconds; Audi is anticipating an EPA-rated range of 307 miles for the Q6 e-Tron.

Is Audi Q6 a hybrid? ›

The Q6 e-tron shares a platform with the new Porsche Macan and falls under the mid-size segment. Audi has unveiled its newest mid-size electric SUV, the Q6 e-tron, built on the same 'Premium Platform Electric' (PPE) architecture as the new electric Porsche Macan SUV.

How long will an Audi e-tron last? ›

How Long Will an Audi e-tron® Last? With routine maintenance and care, your Audi e-tron® will last you for years and miles to come. In addition to Audi battery warranty coverage that's included with your new e-tron® financing agreement, your vehicle also comes with a 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty.

How much does it cost to charge Audi e-tron SUV? ›

How much does it cost to charge an Audi Q4 e-tron ?
EV Make And ModelEnergy Required To Charge BatteryCost To Charge Battery
Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron86 kWh$13.92
Audi Q4 e-tron86 kWh$13.93
Feb 28, 2024

Which e-tron has the longest range? ›

The 45 e-tron manages 292 to 330 miles of range in regular form, depending on the trim level and wheel size. Go for either the 45 or 55 e-tron quattro models, and it's 287 to 319 miles of range.

Is an Audi e-tron a good buy? ›

It's by no means perfect – head down a twisty country road at speed and the Audi e-tron's comfort-focused suspension has its tall body leaning like a sapling in a strong wind – but it's still well worth considering if you're looking for a high-tech electric car that's practical and relaxing to drive.

Is the Audi e-tron 100% electric? ›

e-tron is the name of the Audi fully electric, model lineup. Audi e-tron models deliver progress you can feel: engaging performance, sophisticated design, and intuitive technology—all while offering innovation, comfort, and efficiency.

Is the Audi e-tron a luxury car? ›

Audi offers a leather interior with different color options as well as a leather-free package that uses recycled materials. Of course, there's no shortage of available luxury features. The top options include ambient interior lighting, a head-up display, heated-and-cooled front seats with massage functions, and more.

What is the range of a 2024 eTron? ›

The 114 kWh battery on the Audi Q8 e-tron has a revised cell structure, helping it obtain an EPA-estimated range of up to 285 miles. Combined with an increased DC charging speed of 170 kW, you can get on the road faster to go further.

What is the range of Audi e6 E Tron? ›

This all-electric Sportback boasts cutting-edge technology and impressive capabilities designed to redefine the driving experience. Internally, Audi is said to be targeting a driving range around 400 miles, thanks to a dual-motor setup with one motor powering each axle for exceptional all-wheel drive performance.

What is the range of the 2024 bolt EV? ›

Comparison Between The 2024 Chevy Bolt EUV & Bolt EV

Super Cruise will be available for the Bolt EUV for hand's free driving in about 200,000+ Us and Canadian highways. On a full charge, the Bolt EUV has approximately 247 miles of range compared to the 259 mile range for the Bolt EV.

Is Audi Q6 e tron bidirectional charging? ›

Audi have further streamlined this process, introduceing Plug & Charge functionality, that automatically authorising the vehicle at compatible stations. The Q6 e-tron also introduces bidirectional charging capability with 400-volt technology, enabling simultaneous charging of both halves of the 800-volt battery.

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