July 21, 2024
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First Drive Review of the 2024 Audi Q6 and SQ6 E-Tron: Continuing the Legacy

Bilbao, SPAIN — Audi has had a head start in the electric vehicle (EV) market since the debut of the first E-Tron SUV in 2019 (now the Q8 E-Tron), followed by the E-Tron GT sedan and Q4 E-Tron SUV. The latest addition, the 2025 Audi Q6 E-Tron, fills the gap between the two SUVs. Expected to arrive in the U.S. at the end of 2024, the Q6 follows the even-number naming convention for EVs, with odd numbers now reserved for internal combustion vehicles.

I traveled to Spain to test drive the Q6 E-Tron and the sportier SQ6 E-Tron, both built on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) shared with the Porsche Macan. The platform features an 800-volt architecture optimized for efficiency, with a 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack (94.4 kWh usable capacity), AC charge rates up to 9.6 kW, and impressive DC fast-charging up to 270 kW. The Q6 E-Tron, with two motors for all-wheel drive, boasts 422 horsepower under normal conditions and up to 456 hp in launch mode. The SQ6 E-Tron offers 483 hp nominally and 509 hp in launch mode.

The Q6 E-Tron is estimated to have a range of 307 miles on a single charge, while the SQ6 E-Tron’s range drops to 276 miles. The driving experience in both models is smooth and confident, with the SQ6 delivering a sportier feel and performance. An RS Q6 E-Tron is in development, promising even more power and performance, likely with a higher price tag.

The Q6 and SQ6 E-Trons feature a modern design with sharp creases and sculpted body panels, offering a balance of traditional and contemporary aesthetics. Inside, the vehicles are equipped with a digital instrument panel, a 14.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and advanced features like augmented reality navigation and improved voice controls.

Overall, the 2025 Audi Q6 E-Tron is a solid choice in the electric SUV market, offering a mix of comfort, performance, and luxury. Its closest competitors are the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV and BMW iX. While there are no significant flaws, the Q6 and SQ6 may not offer a truly groundbreaking experience. The upcoming RS Q6 E-Tron may change that perception. For now, the Q6 and SQ6 are competent and enjoyable options for luxury electric SUV shoppers.

FAQ

Q: When will the RS Q6 E-Tron be available?

A: The RS Q6 E-Tron is currently in development and is expected to be released in the following year.

Q: What is the estimated starting price for the Audi Q6 E-Tron?

A: While prices have not been confirmed, it is expected that the Q6 E-Tron will start around $65,000 to $70,000.

Q: How does the Q6 E-Tron differ from the SQ6 E-Tron?

A: The SQ6 E-Tron offers a sportier driving experience with higher horsepower and performance, while the Q6 E-Tron focuses on a balance of comfort and performance.

Q: What is the estimated range of the Audi SQ6 E-Tron?

A: The SQ6 E-Tron is estimated to have a range of 276 miles on a single charge.

Conclusion

The 2025 Audi Q6 E-Tron and SQ6 E-Tron offer a compelling blend of luxury, performance, and efficiency in the electric SUV market. With solid driving dynamics, advanced technology features, and a stylish design, both models cater to a wide range of shoppers. While there are no major drawbacks, the upcoming RS Q6 E-Tron could provide the excitement that some buyers may be looking for. Overall, the Q6 and SQ6 E-Trons are excellent choices for those seeking a premium electric SUV experience.

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