The Audi SQ8 E-Tron is an all-wheel-drive, tri-motor electric SUV that offers an exhilarating driving experience. Recently, I had the opportunity to take this powerful vehicle for a spin on the scenic highways of Southern California, but what started as a casual drive turned into an exciting adventure as dark clouds rolled in, and the rain began to fall.
Audi has long been known for its Quattro all-wheel-drive system, which provides exceptional traction and stability, even in adverse weather conditions. The rainy conditions provided an excellent opportunity to put the SQ8 E-Tron’s all-wheel-drive system to the test and experience its poise and confidence on slick road surfaces.
What sets the 2024 SQ8 E-Tron apart is its advanced three-motor system, which delivers a total of 496 hp and 718 lb-ft of torque. This powerful setup allows the SQ8 to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 130 mph. With two motors at the rear wheels, the SQ8 E-Tron can distribute power to each wheel independently, allowing for precise torque vectoring and enhanced cornering abilities.
During my drive on the wet canyon roads, I pushed the SQ8 E-Tron to its limits, and the vehicle’s dynamic systems responded with remarkable agility and stability. Despite its substantial weight, the SQ8 felt remarkably nimble and composed, thanks to its responsive tri-motor system.
The SQ8 E-Tron also benefits from improved body control and steering, making it feel more dynamic and engaging to drive. To complement its performance capabilities, the 2024 model lineup also features increased battery capacity, resulting in a 20% improvement in range.
In terms of design, the SQ8 E-Tron stands out with its sporty aesthetic and wide-track stance. The vehicle’s spicier design elements, such as red-painted fender flares and larger grille apertures, give it a commanding presence on the road. Inside, the SQ8 E-Tron offers upgraded upholstery, carbon-square dash trim, and a three-spoke steering wheel, adding to the vehicle’s premium feel.
The SQ8 E-Tron is available in both SUV and Sportback body styles, with the latter featuring a more streamlined roofline. Regardless of the body style, the SQ8 E-Tron offers a spacious interior and plenty of cargo space, making it a versatile choice for active lifestyles.
Of course, performance comes at a cost, and the SQ8 E-Tron comes with a price tag that reflects its high-end features and capabilities. My test model, outfitted in Prestige trim, totaled $102,345 and came with a range-boosting dual-port charger and advanced driver-assistance features.
In terms of charging, the SQ8 E-Tron offers fast-charging capabilities through a CCS/Combo port, allowing for a quick charge from 10-80% in just 31 minutes. Additionally, Audi provides two years of unlimited Electrify America charging, making it convenient to access fast-charging stations across the United States.
Overall, the 2024 Audi SQ8 E-Tron delivers an exceptional driving experience, thanks to its powerful tri-motor system, advanced technology, and luxurious amenities. As electric SUVs continue to gain popularity, the SQ8 E-Tron sets itself apart as a high-performance, all-weather capable vehicle that offers both exhilarating driving dynamics and practicality for everyday use.