Audi SQ8 e-tron Quattro first drive review

Audi SQ8 e-tron Quattro – Audi has added to its extensive Q8 range with a couple of sport e-tron versions. Now available is the SQ8 e-tron SUV and the stylish SQ8 Sportback e-tron.

Audi SQ8 e-tron front grill 1 These new models truly deserve the ‘S’ label. At their core are three individual motors, two driving the rear axle and another driving the front.

The three motors produce 370kW of power and 973Nm of torque on boost. The battery size is 114kWh and can be fast charged in around 30 minutes. Unfortunately the range is less than you might expect at a bit under 400km.

Audi SQ8 three motors

Despite the fact that they are heavy they are still fast with a 0-100km/h sprint of just 4.5 seconds. Top speed is a governed 210km/h.

Coupled with electric quattro all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension sport, both have agility and handling that belie their size and level of luxury appointment.

Of course, inside they are all Audi luxury and comfort. Audi certainly has their design spot on. Unusually for many SUVs the rear leg room is enough for my 190cm frame to sit comfortably.

They are expensive though, starting at a bit over $173,000 plus the usual costs, but if you simply must have a large electric SUV, these are definitely worth a drive.

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Audi SQ8 e-tron front interior 1

Readers can find more details about the Audi SQ8 e-tron  HERE 


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What is good?

  • Smooth, quiet and comfortable
  • Its fast and the ride and handling defies its size
  • Premium interior ambience

What is not so good?

Audi SQ8 Sportback e-tron profile 1

Instead of the Audi SQ8 e-tron buyers could look at:

Large sports electric SUVs are an unusual vehicle. The competition is wide open. .

Buyers could look at the: KIA EV9 GT-Line, Ford Mustang Mach-e, Mercedes Benz EQE, Porsche Macan

Audi SQ8 e-tron rear driving

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