Relaxed, safe driving in a pleasant and spacious atmosphere: the Audi Q8 e-tron meets this luxury-class requirement with premium long-distance comfort.

Spacious interior

Standing 4,915 mm long, the Audi Q8 e-tron is slightly longer than the Audi e-tron (14 mm). The long 2,928-mm wheelbase allows generous space in the first and second rows of seats; even tall people enjoy a great deal of headroom and knee room in both the SUV and the Sportback derivatives. In fact, the Audi Q8 e-tron is the leader in this respect in the luxury class. Typical of electric cars without a center tunnel, the rear seats feature additional legroom – up to five people can sit comfortably here, and there is also ample storage space for baggage, with a luggage compartment volume of 569 liters. If only two people are traveling in the Audi Q8 e-tron, the rear seats can fold down individually, increasing storage space to up to 1,637 liters (1,567 liters in the Sportback). In the Sportback, the rear luggage compartment offers 528 liters of space, plus a further 62 liters in the frunk (front trunk) under the front hood, as in the SUV variant – the mobile charging cable or smaller bags can be conveniently stored here, for example.

Acoustics and noise insulation

In an electric car, the engine noise is no longer the dominant sound source. Instead, occupants hear the rolling noise of the wheels and the structure-borne sound of the body. Even at medium speeds, the wind is an additional source of noise (wind noise becomes audible above 85 km/h). This noise remains quite low thanks to intensively fine-tuned door seals and water-catching strips and the exterior mirrors also play a large part in helping minimize noise. With its sophisticated noise insulation and excellent aeroacoustics, the Audi Q8 e-tron is a relaxing-to-drive glider that lives up to luxury-class standards. Among other features, the front windshield comes standard in a double-glazed design, so passengers can relax and talk to each other even at high speeds; Audi also offers acoustic glazing for the side windows as an option. Openings and cavities within the body are sealed and filled with absorbent, insulating materials. Textile fabric and microfiber fleece line the wheel wells to absorb sound and large sheet metal surfaces are covered with a special material, which prevents them from vibrating heavily. On the front wall, a multi-coat design insulates the noise against passing from the front end into the interior and the electric motor on the rear axle also requires sound insulation measures in the rear. On top of that, the electric motors are enclosed in noise-reducing capsules. In the interior, foam-backed carpeting maintains the quiet.

Body stiffness and crash structure

In line with the brand philosophy, the body of the Audi Q8 e-tron features a mixed steel/aluminum hybrid construction. Including the housing for the high-voltage battery, the aluminum content is around 40 percent. The doors, front, and tailgate as well as the floor panel in the rear are made of aluminum. The unladen weight lies between 2,510 and 2,650 kg, which is within the usual range for an electric SUV of this size with a powerful battery.

The high-voltage battery and body form a strong hybrid structure with 45 percent greater torsional stiffness than a conventional combustion SUV. This construction pays off in better handling as well as reduced noise levels. The battery is protected by a surrounding frame made of cast aluminum nodes and extruded aluminum sections whilst the interior is stiffened by an aluminum framework system also made of extruded sections.

Central components – e.g. A- and B-pillars, roof members, center tunnel, interior sills, floor cross-members, and rear longitudinal members – are made of ultra-high-strength steel and comprise the stable backbone of the passenger compartment. In a head-on collision, the three stress planes in the front end absorb the forces to protect car occupants.

Trailer loads up to 1,800 kg

An optional trailer hitch is available for the Audi Q8 e-tron. The vehicle is approved for a trailer load (braked) of up to 1,800 kg, a high value for an electric vehicle. The trailer hitch (nose weight 80 kg) gives customers the opportunity to mount a bicycle rack to carry several bikes and e-bikes.

The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.