2024 Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron

large SUV / 4-door SUV

2024 Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron 4-door SUV
Photo courtesy of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front
Moderate overlap front: original test
Side: updated test

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention: pedestrian
Standard system

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor

Small overlap front

The small overlap front evaluation consists of a driver-side and a passenger-side component. If the results of the two evaluations differ, then the combined small overlap rating is equal to the lower rating.

Driver-side

  • Rating applies to 2024 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Audi e-tron quattro Premium Plus 4-door 4wd

The Audi e-tron was introduced in the 2019 model year and was renamed as the Audi Q8 e-tron for the 2024 model year. These ratings also apply to the Audi e-tron Sportback and the Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron.

Overall driver-side evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the driver-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

The driver's space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1905
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Footrest (cm) 3
Left toepan (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 4
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 3
Upper dash (cm) 4
Lower instrument panel (cm) 4

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1905
Head
HIC-15 169
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 18
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm) 24
Femur (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.34
Right 0.29
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.4
Right 1.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 43
Right 32

Passenger-side

  • Rating applies to 2024 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Audi e-tron quattro 4-door 4wd

The Audi e-tron was introduced in the 2019 model year and was renamed as the Audi Q8 e-tron for the 2024 model year. Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen/Audi as part of frontal crash test verification. These ratings also apply to the Audi e-tron Sportback and the Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron.

Overall passenger-side evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP1922
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 8
Footrest (cm) 7
Right toepan (cm) 3
Center toepan (cm) 1
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 5
Upper dash (cm) 5
Right lower dash (cm) 4

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP1922
Head
HIC-15 247
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 29
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm) 22
Femur (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 0.5
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.23
Right 0.44
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.3
Right 2.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 51
Right 72

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP1922
Head
HIC-15 145
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 13
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 39
Femur (kN)
Left 0.1
Right 0.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.35
Right 0.24
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.7
Right 2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 36
Right 46

How the small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 2024 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Audi e-tron quattro Premium Plus 4-door 4wd

The Audi e-tron was introduced in the 2019 model year and was renamed as the Audi Q8 e-tron for the 2024 model year. These ratings also apply to the Audi e-tron Sportback and the Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the moderate overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head contacted the side curtain airbag during rebound.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF1903
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 1
Left (cm) 1
Center (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Brake pedal (cm) 0
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -5
Rearward (cm) -5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF1903
Head
HIC-15 189
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7
Maximum Nij 0.18
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.2
Femur force - right (kN) 0.3
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.16
Maximum tibia index - right 0.29
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 37
Right 52

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side: updated test

Rating applies to 2024 models

Tested vehicle: 2023 Audi e-tron S 4-door 4wd

The Audi e-tron was introduced in the 2019 model year and was renamed as the Audi Q8 e-tron for the 2024 model year. Side 2.0 ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2023 e-tron conducted by Volkswagen/Audi as part of side crash test verification. These ratings also apply to the Audi e-tron Sportback and the Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS2314
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -26.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS2314
Head
HIC-15 92
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) -0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 16
Lateral force (kN) 0.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 29
Average deflection (mm) 25
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.75
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.40
Pelvis
Combined force (kN) 3.0

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS2314
Head
HIC-15 64
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) -0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 16
Lateral force (kN) 1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 16
Average deflection (mm) 15
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 1.86
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.14
Pelvis
Combined force (kN) 2.7

How the side crash test is conducted

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • Premium trim
  • Premium Plus trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit Some glare

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the left side of the road and fair on the right side. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right and gradual left curves and fair on the sharp right and sharp left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Premium trim
  • Premium Plus trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2024 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 81.8 m None
Straightaway left edge 66.3 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 78.6 m 1.5%
250m radius left curve, left edge 69.7 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 64.6 m 31.3%
150m radius left curve, left edge 59.1 m 1.2%
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 156.0 m
Straightaway left edge 137.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 81.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 78.1 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 64.7 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 63.7 m

Trim level(s)

  • Prestige trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit Some glare

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp right curve, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual right and gradual left curves.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway, on both left curves and on the gradual right curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Prestige trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2024 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 81.6 m None
Straightaway left edge 51.2 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 54.3 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 48.1 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 67.6 m 19.9%
150m radius left curve, right edge 48.1 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 154.0 m
Straightaway left edge 145.4 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 95.1 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 95.9 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 75.8 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 72.6 m

How headlights are evaluated

Front crash prevention: pedestrian

Rating applies to all 2024 models

Overall evaluation
Includes high-beam assist credit

Crossing child — day

  • In the 12 mph test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph test, this vehicle avoided a collision.

Crossing adult — night

  • In the 12 mph test, this vehicle avoided a collision when using its high beams. When using its low beams, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph test, impact speed was reduced by 23 mph when using its high beams. When using its low beams, this vehicle avoided a collision.

Parallel adult — night

  • In the 25 mph test, this vehicle avoided a collision when using its high beams. When using its low beams, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 37 mph test, impact speed was reduced by 36 mph when using its high beams and a warning was issued 2 seconds before impact. When using its low beams, impact speed was reduced by 31 mph and a warning was issued 1.9 seconds before impact.

How front crash prevention is evaluated