Audi Q6 e-tron Prototype Review 2024

Written by Andy Brady

heycar ratingImpressive long-range electric SUV
  • 2024
  • SUV
  • EV

Quick overview


  • Refinement promises to be best in class
  • Co-developed with Porsche
  • Impressive interior with user-friendly tech


  • Another electric SUV that no one really asked for
  • Line-up will initially be quite limited
  • Prices are yet to be confirmed (but it won't be cheap)

Overall verdict on the Audi Q6 e-tron

"The Audi Q6 e-tron will be a desirable electric SUV with a tech-heavy cabin, impressive electric range and - potentially - the handling dynamics of a sports car. If you're looking to buy a new premium electric car in 2024, the new Q6 e-tron could well be worth waiting for. Read our full Audi Q6 e-tron prototype review to find out why."

Audi Q6 e-tron Review 2024: front static

A large family premium electric SUV that slots between the smaller Q4 e-tron and Audi's flagship Q8 e-tron, it's easy to dismiss the new Audi Q6 e-tron as yet another electric SUV. But this one's different.

That's because it's based on a brand new platform dubbed 'PPE'. No, it's not a nod to the days of wearing face masks in the supermarket - it stands for 'Premium Platform Electric'. In other words, it's the new architecture that will underpin posh electric cars such as the Audi Q6 e-tron and the new Porsche Macan Electric.

The Audi Q6 e-tron comes with a massive battery. With 100kWh of power, Audi reckons the Q6 e-tron will be good for around 388 miles between charges - making it one of the longest-range electric cars you can buy. Don't need to travel so far? There'll also be an 83kWh variant.

But it's not all about size. Audi says it's more efficient than other electric SUVs - indeed, around 30% more so than the original Audi e-tron while also packing 33% extra performance. With its 800-volt architecture, Audi says the Q8 e-tron can charge at a rate of up to 270kW. In plain English, you'll be able to plug it into a rapid charger with 10% charge and it'll boost the battery up to 80% capacity in a little over 20 minutes. The only issue there is that the UK's charging infrastructure isn't quite there - you'll struggle to find rapid chargers capable of dishing out power at such a high rate.

While these stats are very impressive, it's in other areas where we think the Audi Q6 e-tron stands out. Audi (and Porsche) engineers have been tasked with making the motors used as part of the PPE architecture quieter than the electric motors you'll get in other electric cars. As a result, you won't notice a whine or a drone from the Audi Q6 e-tron. While we've only had a very brief drive of a prototype model, its impressive refinement really stood out.

And then there's the performance. The regular Audi Q6 e-tron Quattro will be able to accelerate to 62mph in just 5.9 seconds, while the sportier Audi SQ6 e-tron manages it in 4.3 seconds. Top speeds are 130mph and 142mph respectively.

Anyone splashing this kinda cash (we'll come on to exactly how much shortly...) will have high expectations for the interior, and we reckon the Q6 e-tron meets them. The cabin is spacious and feels a step ahead of the Q4 e-tron in terms of quality. It's also fully-loaded with technology, including a 'floating' central touchscreen display which sits alongside an impressive virtual cockpit driver's display. You'll even be able to get a separate digital display on the passenger's side of the dashboard.

Set to go on sale in the UK at the end of April 2024, the Audi Q6 e-tron will be priced from £68,975 for the Q6 e-tron quattro, while the SQ6 e-tron will be £92,650. 

It's too early to deliver a full verdict on the Audi Q6 e-tron but, if you're in the market for a premium electric SUV, you might not want to part with your cash just yet. The Audi Q6 e-tron promises to be a very desirable family car with a well-finished interior and potentially class-leading refinement. Don't expect it to be a cheap electric car but it could be one of the best.

The initial Audi Q6 e-tron line-up will be limited. The full line-up of trim levels is yet to be confirmed, but expect to choose between the Q6 e-tron quattro and the SQ6 e-tron. We'd probably recommend the former - not least because the SQ6 will be an extra £24,000.

The Audi Q6 e-tron is squaring up against the Tesla Model Y, Mercedes EQC and BMW iX3. You may also want to consider the bigger Audi Q8 e-tron (or simply Audi e-tron, as it was originally known) or the smaller Audi Q4 e-tron. If you're not ready for an electric car, the Audi Q5 is a family SUV available with petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid power.

Comfort and design: Audi Q6 e-tron interior

"The wraparound design of the dashboard gives those in the front of the new Audi Q6 e-tron a feeling of being in a cocoon. There are plenty of high-quality, soft-touch materials, while all the operating areas are in high-gloss black so they’re clear and easy to use."

Audi Q6 e-tron Review 2024: interior front

The new Audi Q6 e-tron has a comprehensive set of controls in the driver’s door handle, for the door mirrors, seat and door functions, light and visibility settings. This means drivers won’t have to dive into the infotainment screen to adjust key settings while also leaving the dash free of clutter. It's a good idea in theory but we reckon it'll take a bit of getting used to... what's wrong with having simple buttons on the dashboard?

Still, the interior is comfortable and well-finished, and we love that you can get sustainably sourced wood on the dashboard. There's a variety of storage spaces and trays in the front of the car, including two cupholders, a wireless phone charger and two smartphone charging ports in the centre console.

There are plenty of high-quality, soft-touch materials, while all the operating areas are in high-gloss black so they’re clear and easy to use.

Eco-friendly materials are available in the new Audi Q6 e-tron, such as Elastic Melange, made from 100% recycled polyester. It wraps the dashboard and is also available for the seats.

The centrepiece of the Audi Q6 e-tron's interior is a sculpted free-standing curved display which includes the driver display and centre touchscreen infotainment screen. As an added extra, there is an additional front passenger display, too.

The ‘digital stage’ of the new Audi Q6 e-tron comprises an 11.9-inch Audi virtual cockpit driver display, and a 14.5-inch MMI touchscreen display. Below it, there’s ambient lighting designed to make it appear to ‘float’ at night. An optional augmented reality head-up display is also available for the driver.

Front seat passengers in the new Audi Q6 e-tron have their own 10.9-inch MMI display. This has a privacy mode so they can watch movies without disturbing the driver. It also means passengers can help set the sat nav for the driver – although this is an optional extra. Standard models have a gloss black panel instead.

The Audi Q6 e-tron measures 1648mm in height, 4771mm in length and 1939mm in width. That means it's roughly the same size as the Audi Q5 family SUV, although that PPE platform means it actually feels a bit more spacious inside. There's no transmission tunnel, for example, so there's lots of legroom in the back while even the rear middle-seat passenger will feel relatively comfortable.

The new Audi Q6 e-tron has an ample 526-litre boot, which expands to a healthy 1529 litres with the rear seats folded – they are split 40:20:40. There is an additional 64-litre front boot, or ‘frunk’, which is perfect for storing charging cables.

Handling and ride quality: What is the Audi Q6 e-tron like to drive?

"Based on a new platform that's been co-developed with Porsche, the Audi Q6 e-tron has a sportier character than the Q4 or Q8 e-tron."

Audi Q6 e-tron Review 2024: rear dynamic

While we've only driven the Audi Q6 e-tron for a few laps around a Munich car park, it's clear that it remains composed during cornering and it feels more agile than the bigger Q8 e-tron. That'll be because it's been co-developed with Porsche; expect the Q6 e-tron to feel like a new breed of Audi electric vehicle, more like the e-tron GT than the wallowy Q8.

While a single-motor variant may follow, the Audi Q6 e-tron (and SQ6 e-tron) will initially be sold as a two-motor model. That means it comes with Quattro all-wheel drive, albeit with rear-biased torque distribution in order to increase agility.

One feature of note is the regenerative braking. There are five levels of regenerative braking available, allowing you to increase or decrease the amount the Q6 e-tron slows down when you lift off the accelerate. In its most severe 'B' mode, the Q6 e-tron can come to a complete stop - ideal for one-pedal driving in stop/start traffic.

Two variations of the Audi Q6 e-tron will initially be offered in the UK: the regular Q6 e-tron quattro, as well as the sportier Audi SQ6 e-tron. Both use a pair of electric motors (meaning the Audi Q6 e-tron gets all-wheel drive) powered by a huge 100kWh battery pack.

Both models will be fairly quick off the line - the standard car accelerates to 62mph in 5.9 seconds while the SQ6 takes 4.3 seconds. Top speeds are 130mph and 142mph respectively.

When it first goes on sale, the Audi Q6 e-tron will have an official range of around 388 miles. That's more than the longest-range variants of the Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E, making the Q6 e-tron a very desirable choice for anyone who wishes to travel long distances.

There'll be more Audi Q6 e-tron models added to the range in the future - potentially including an even more efficient rear-wheel drive model, as well as a lower-powered single-motor version with a slightly smaller 83kWh battery pack.

While most electric cars are very quiet, you'll usually hear a bit of a whine from the motors. Audi says it's developed the Q6 e-tron to be one of the quietest, most relaxing SUVs on the market - and our initial drive suggests it's succeeded. Even under heavy acceleration, you won't notice a noise from the electric motors. And it appears to do a good job of cutting out any exterior road or wind noise, too.

As you'd expect for an upmarket electric SUV, the Q6 e-tron will come with an extensive list of driver-assistance tech as standard. Highlights include the parking system plus with a 360-degrees display, swerve assist and turn assist, top-view camera, traffic-sign-based speed limiter, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking in front and rear and camera-based traffic sign recognition. The Audi Q6 e-tron also gets intersection assist, lane departure warning, lane change assistant and exit warning system, rear cross traffic assist, rear turn assist, and advanced driver attention and fatigue monitor system as standard.

The Park Assist Plus feature, meanwhile, enables the vehicle to fully take over the entering and exiting parking manoeuvre for forwards and reverse parking into kerbside and bay parking spaces between vehicles - the vehicle steers, accelerates, brakes and switches off the motor. Customers will have the option of further assistance systems and a safety package as part of various equipment packages.

The Audi Q6 e-tron is yet to be crash tested by Euro NCAP.

Charging times: How much does it cost to charge the Audi Q6 e-tron?

"With a 270kW charging rate as standard, Audi says you can add 158 miles to the Q6 e-tron's range in as little as 10 minutes - while a 10 to 80% charge will take around 21 minutes."

Audi Q6 e-tron Review 2024: charging

Take these figures with a pinch of salt, though, as you'll only see 270kW in optimum conditions when connected to an extremely high-power charger. The majority of public rapid chargers in the UK won't be able to charge the Q6 e-tron's battery quite so quickly, but it's certainly one of the speediest electric cars to charge.

For convenient charging, we'd recommend plugging the Audi Q6 e-tron into a 7kW home wallbox. This'll take around 13 or 14 hours for a full charge, at a cost of £25-£30 (depending on your home electricity tariff).

Audi's building on a number of years' expertise in making electric cars so the Q6 e-tron ought to be pretty dependable. We hear of very few issues with other EVs in Audi's range, while the Q6 e-tron has been co-developed with Porsche, so that ought to be good news for long-term reliability.

Insurance groups are yet to be confirmed, but we'll expect it to sit in similar groups to the BMW iX3. That means it could be placed in insurance groups 44 or 45 - making it potentially quite expensive to insure.

The current plan is for all electric cars to be charged the same as a hybrid vehicle from 2025. At the current rate, that means an annual tax bill of £170/year - although that's likely to increase by the time the EV tax is introduced.

On top of that, cars with a list price of more than £40,000 are hit by annual £390/year in premium car tax for five years (from the second time the car's taxed). That means the Audi Q6 e-tron will be stung by an annual tax bill of at least £560 - potentially more. That's painful but it'll be exactly the same as rivals including the BMW iX3 and Tesla Model Y.

How much should you be paying for a used Audi Q6 e-tron?

"From launch, the Audi Q6 e-tron is priced from £68,975 while the SQ6 e-tron is £92,950. Two additional single-motor variants will follow later in 2024, bringing a lower start price to the Q6 e-tron range."

Audi Q6 e-tron Review 2024: front static

If you don't want to wait for the new Audi Q6 e-tron, you can beat the rush by buying a nearly-new Audi Q4 e-tron or Audi Q8 e-tron. Around £27,000 will buy you the former; £48,000 for the latter. Older examples of the Audi e-tron are the biggest bargain in the world of electric Audi SUVs - you can buy an early one for a little over £20,000.

UK prices and specifications are yet to be confirmed, but expect the Audi Q6 e-tron to follow other models in the range. That means you can expect to see Sport, S line, Black Edition and Vorsprung trim levels.

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

The Audi Q6 e-tron is an electric SUV that sits between the Q4 e-tron and the Q8 e-tron in the German brand's line-up.
The Audi Q6 e-tron will initially be sold with an 100kWh battery.
If you're looking for a premium electric SUV, we reckon the Audi Q6 e-tron will be worth waiting for. It promises a superb interior, an impressive electric range and class-leading refinement.

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