2023 Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron 50 Review: Smooth and Still Quiet

Lionel Kong
Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron in Singapore

The slope-backed version of the Audi Q8 e-tron 50 SUV is a luxury fashion statement with zero tailpipe emissions

2023 Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron 50

Launch Date: September 2023, S$485,952 with COE (November 2023)
Five-door, large luxury SUV, five seats
335hp, dual-motor electric drive, 19.5kWh/100km, 505km range

Dynamically balanced drive
Decently roomy cabin
Good insulatiom from road noise

Shallow luggage space
More touchscreens than necessary


We’ve given you the full rundown of the Audi Q8 e-tron in an earlier review, and the short form here is that this is the same car, but with a differently styled body.

And that’s it.

Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron in Singapore

All right, jokes aside, the Sportback name on an Audi can either mean that it’s a hatchback, as seen in the little Audi A3 and its super aggro RS3 Sportback cousin, or as a swoopier variant to the mainline car, like the Audi Q5 Sportback and Audi RS7 Sportback.

Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron in Singapore

On its ‘Q’ series of cars, which are Audi’s SUVs and urban crossovers, the Sportback is promoted as a coupe-SUV, which means that it’s less staid than the boxy SUV silhouette and is the kind of car you buy when you wish you drove a coupe but needed the passenger space instead.

Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron in Singapore

The Q8 Sportback e-tron sold in Singapore also wears the S-Line bodykit, and there’s that “I Know, You Know, But Other People Don’t Know” bit of detailing in the form of the little red rhombus emblem next to to model name on the rear hatch. You see, only the S-Line kitted cars get that.

Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron in Singapore

As far as cabin space goes, it’s practically identical to the boxier, standard Q8 e-tron. It drops out a little right where you would expect it to, in the luggage area. There’s 528 litres of boot space in the Sportback, compared to the 569 litres in the SUV. A quirk of the Q8 series of EVs is their higher than expected boot floors, but they also feature large storage spaces underneath the removable floorboard of the boot. There’s space for many small to medium sized bags, but getting big suitcases in will be a bit of a hassle.

Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron in Singapore

The rear bench is usually compromised in a coupe-SUV type body, but some clever angling of the seatbacks and ceiling shape from inside the cabin makes the supposed lack of headroom a non-issue in this car.

Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron in Singapore

The cabin has everything that you would expect to find in a luxury EV of this calibre, and includes some excellent storage spaces like the deep centre console bin between the front seats.

Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron in Singapore

The whole user interface is still in Audi’s classic minimalist style, and the over-the-air software updates means that you no longer need to wait until your regular servicing for any updates on the user interface.

Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron in Singapore

The car is available worldwide with two battery capacity and power output options. The more powerful ‘55’ version has 408 horsepower, while the ‘50’ version driven here has just 250kW, or 335 horsepower. That’s still a lot of punch, and like the SUV variant it has a claimed 0 to 100km/h sprint time of 6.0 seconds.

Lithium-ion batteries with 95kWh capacity should be able to give the car around 450km of range per charge in real world use, though the specifications sheet rates it with a maximum range of 505km, slightly more than the SUV on the account of its more aerodynamic shape.

Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron in Singapore

Audi’s cars have a signature trait in that they do what they do with very little fuss. It’s planted, quick, luxurious, but not outstandingly loud visually. For any urban drive, there is nothing to complain about with this car. It’s pretty large by Singaporean road standards, but it’s easy to drive with decent all-round visibility and active safety features.

Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron in Singapore

Audi has been quiet in Singapore for much of 2023, with the Q8 e-tron lineup being its big news until next year. It’s an alternative to cars like the Mercedes-EQ EQC, but the Sportback version of this Q8 also costs nearly S$20k more than the regular SUV shaped version. It’s best seen as a alternate version of the standard Q8 e-tron, and the car to get if you want a large EV SUV but desire a sportier silhouette to your vehicle.

Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron in Singapore

Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron 50 S-Line

DrivetrainFull electric
Electric Motor / LayoutDual motor / front + rear
Motor Power / Torque335hp / 664Nm
Battery Type / CapacityLithium-ion, 95kWh
Standard Charge Time / Type9 hours 25 minutes / 11kW AC
Fast Charge Time / Type28 minutes 10 to 80 percent / 150kW DC
Electric Range505km (WLTP claimed)
0-100km/h6.0 seconds
Top Speed200km/h
VES BandA1 / -S$25,000
AgentPremium Automobiles
PriceFrom S$485,228 with COE and VES
Verdict:Essentially a variant of the Q8 e-tron with a slightly different shape and less boot space


Audi e-tron EV q8 Sportback

About the Author

Lionel Kong

An old hand from the bad old days of crazy COEs, the straight-shooting, ex-CarBuyer editor is back in the four-wheeled world. Rumours that he went to another country to start a Judas Priest tribute band are unfounded.

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