July 21, 2024

The 2025 Audi Q6 E-Tron: A Perfectly-Proportioned Creation With a Fresh Twist

Is the Audi Q4 E-Tron too small for your needs, while the Q8 E-Tron is too big? Well, look no further than the 2025 Q6 E-Tron, the latest electric Audi crossover designed to split the difference between its larger and smaller siblings. That’s not exactly the most exciting introduction, but it’s true, and it’s also exactly how Audi pitched the Q6 E-Tron to us in its presentation.

Make all the “same sausage, different lengths” jokes you want, but it’s a smart, pragmatic approach to filling out the lineup. Especially since, if we’re going to run with the old cliche, I would argue the quality of the sausage is much more important than the fact that you can get it in different sizes. Also, as the Q6 E-Tron is Audi’s first vehicle to ride on the new Premium Platform Electric architecture jointly developed with Porsche for the Macan EV, it’s our first taste of Audi’s reformulated recipe.

While it didn’t wildly alter my understanding of what an electric crossover could be and discombobulate my brain in the process, the Q6 E-Tron did prove to be a very competent, well-rounded luxury crossover that should sell well when it arrives in the U.S. because, at the end of the day, it’s an Audi that just so happens to be electric.

Full Disclosure: Audi wanted me to drive the 2025 Q6 E-Tron so badly, it paid for my flight to Bilbao, Spain, provided a shuttle to the hotel in Donostia-San Sebastian, put me up in a nice room and provided more wine and Iberico ham that I could handle. Audi also graciously allowed me to book a later return flight so that I could enjoy a few days in Spain on my own. It did not, however, pay for my hotel stay after the press trip officially ended. That was all on me.

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For those who aren’t familiar, let’s get the basics out of the way first. The Q6 E-Tron uses a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup that makes 422 horsepower in daily driving, but there’s a launch control mode that temporarily gives you 456 hp. Weighing in at 5,269 pounds, it’ll hit 60 mph in a claimed 4.9 seconds. It also packs a 100-kWh battery, 94.4 kWh of which is usable, that provides an Audi-estimated range of 307 miles.

If that’s not enough power for you, and you’re willing to sacrifice some range and a bit more of your cash, there’s also the SQ6 E-Tron, which makes 483 hp (or 509 hp with launch control). It’s a little heavier, though, weighing in at 5,324 lbs, but it’ll hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. It’s certainly quicker, but that extra acceleration also drops Audi’s estimated range to 276 miles. In the real world, the lower range probably won’t be much of a concern, but the people do love to see range figures that start with a three.

Looks-wise, the front end is busy, but the Q6’s overall design is quite handsome. The real star of the show is the interior, though. It isn’t quite as flashy as some of its competitors, but it’s incredibly comfortable, well-designed, and nicely laid out. The controls were easy to master, although I would have preferred a few more physical buttons or knobs. The squared-off steering wheel might feel odd at first, but it’s actually a very nice thing to hold, and it includes one of my favorite features when driving in a foreign country I’ve never visited before — a speed limiter.

2025 Audi Q6 E-Tron interior

Photo: Audi

I don’t know how many people in the U.S. will actually use the speed limiter, but it’s one of those features I absolutely love. Don’t want to risk a speeding ticket, especially in a place where you don’t speak the language? Just set your maximum allowed speed, and you’re good to go. It’s especially helpful on roads where the turns are too tight to safely use cruise control. Audi’s certainly not the only automaker to offer it, but I love it, I used it a lot and I want more people to know about it. Don’t worry, adaptive cruise control and all the other important advanced driver assistance systems are there, too, I just didn’t get to use them very often because most of the drive route took place on winding back roads or going through various Basque villages. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous, and Donostia is arguably the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen, though, so it’s hard to be mad that Audi didn’t have us do a three-hour highway drive.

As far as tech that people actually care about goes, the Q6 has a fancy new electronic architecture that promises to be faster and more powerful, as well as Audi’s latest Android-based infotainment system. The driver gets a crisp 11.9-inch OLED display and a 14.5-inch OLED center touchscreen combined in one curved panel. If you’re worried that there are not enough screens, Audi will happily sell you a 10.9-inch LED passenger display that uses the magic of science to make itself invisible to the driver, and it actually works pretty well. This was my first time having a passenger in a car with a passenger screen, and I was surprised at how useful he found it. It will even let the passenger watch videos while the car is in motion.

2025 Audi Q6 E-Tron interior

Photo: Audi

Another useful piece of tech is the augmented reality head

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