Which to Buy: Audi Q8 3.0T or Audi e-tron?

Since the Audi e-tron has been revealed, Audi has taken thousands and thousands of reservations for its latest electric SUV. So there are quite a lot of customers who want an e-tron and it’s not hard to see why. Good looks, 245 miles of range, quick speed and extremely impressive technology all combine to make the e-tron a compelling package. But is it as compelling a package as another new four-ringed SUV, the Audi Q8?

The Audi e-tron starts at around $74,000, which isn’t bad considering how well equipped it is and how much car you get. For that starting price, you get a purely electric powertrian with more than enough range to make it a daily driver, a ton of interior tech, such as Matrix LED headlights, a Bang & Olufsen surround sound system as-standard. So it’s actually priced well, despite being expensive.

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However, the Audi Q8 sits right down the hall from the e-tron and it actually seems like an even more compelling package. While not as snazzy and/or electric, the Q8 has a lot of charm of its own. The two actually look similar, with the Q8 being bigger and even sportier. It also gets similar equipment as-standard, sans the Matrix LED headlights and Bang & Olufsen sound system. Though, it’s also cheaper to start, at around $67,000.

Both cars are quite similar in terms of equipment, looks and size but both cars are separated by their powertrains. The Audi e-tron uses two electric motors, with one at each axle, that combine to make a maximum of 402 hp and 489 lb-ft during its boost mode (355 hp and 413 lb-ft normally). That helps the e-tron scoot from 0-60 mph in a claimed 5.5 seconds.

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While the Audi Q8 gets a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 that makes 355 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. It’s the same engine that you’ll find in an Audi S4 and it helps get the Q8 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Though that’s a tick slower than the e-tron, the Q8 can do that over and over again, while the e-tron can’t, as its boost mode is only available temporarily.

Both cars are really quite compelling. But it seems that if you just want a stylish, capable and luxurious SUV, the Audi Q8 is the better buy. It’s cheaper, sportier looking and more spacious. Though, if you can forgo some performance, space and money, the Audi e-tron keeps you on the cutting edge of automotive technology and it’s the more intellectually interesting car of the two. So it really depends on you but both cars offer really interesting packages that appeal to different kinds of drivers.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.