When the e-tron launched in 2018, there were only a few premium electric SUVs on the market, but as rivals joined the party, it lost its edge, said Auto Express. Cue a midlife facelift offering some visual tweaks, but most of the changes – such as better motors and improved efficiency – aren’t visible. Audi has increased battery capacity from 71 to 89kWh in the basic 50 variant, and 89 to 106kWh in the 55 and SQ8 models.
Audi claims a range of up to 343 miles, which translates in the real world to 230, said Autocar. There’s faster steering, retuned suspension and better stability and traction control, making the Q8 e-tron “pleasant” but “unremarkable” to drive. It can do 0-62mph in a reasonably quick 5.6 seconds; and though not sporty, it has great noise isolation, handles well and is well-weighted.
A full charge from a 7kW wall box takes at least 14 hours, but the bigger battery can take 170kW charging, meaning 10-80% charge in half-an-hour, said What Car?. With four trim levels, the lavish, hi-tech interior has “glitzy trims, chrome highlights and lashings of leather”, though the dual touchscreen is a bit fiddly. There’s ample head- and legroom, and this is one of the most comfortable electric cars on the market. Price: from £68,595.
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