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Audi’s first foray into the world of electric cars – the e-tron – was met with a fairly lukewarm reaction from buyers. While it had all the qualities that Audi buyers expected, as an electric car, it was… well, a bit underwhelming. Inefficient, heavy and not particularly great at long distances.
The good news is that Audi has revamped its e-tron range, giving it a massive 106kWh battery option, a price rise and a new name. The company’s flagship electric SUV is now called the Q8 e-tron and has also been given improved aerodynamics, higher charging performance, and an increased range of up to 330 miles (WLTP) in the SUV and up to 343 miles (WLTP) in the slinkier Sportback.
The previous model had a choice of two battery sizes – 71 and 95kWh and a maximum range of 223 miles. The price has also risen, with the cheapest model now costing £67,800, up from the £62,785 of the outgoing model. The Sportback adds another £2,500 to the bill.
Three drivetrain options are available; all are four-wheel-drive. The Audi Q8 50 e-tron and the Audi Q8 Sportback 50 e-tron have an 89kWh (95kWh gross) battery, generate a maximum of 335bhp in boost mode and have a WLTP range of up to 281 miles in the SUV and up to 290 miles for the Sportback.
Next up is the 55 e-tron, which is also driven by two electric motors producing 396bhp. With the bigger 106kWh battery the ranges are up to 330 miles for the SUV and up to 343 miles for the Sportback.
The top-end SQ8 e-tron and Sportback e-tron, priced from £98,295, are driven by three motors. Their boost performance amounts to 496bhp, with a range of up to 284 miles for the SUV and up to 295 miles for the Sportback.
The Sportback versions are more aerodynamic and have a longer range
Charging performance has also been improved, rising from 120kW to 150kW for the lower models and 170kW for the 55 and SQ8 e-tron versions. 22kW AC charging is an optional extra.
But have the improvements made the Q8 e-tron a better car? Join Nicola as she puts the overhauled model through its paces. Has Audi got it right second time around? Let us know in the comments below.
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