Speaking of higher performance models, there is of course the SQ8 E-Tron to consider, which is the flagship of the range. Even with its 503PS (370kW), it’s rated on the WLTP cycle as good for 284 miles of range. Of course, that won’t be happening if you’re testing its accelerative props or putting its revised twin 98kW rear motors with improved torque vectoring to the test.
Interesting for those who like to consider the net carbon emissions of their vehicles (not just tailpipe) is the fact that Audi claims production of the Q8 E-Tron will be certified as net-carbon-neutral for European and USA customers. Each will also come with recycled materials used in the sound-deadening, as well as the carpeting. S-Line cars get synthetic leather and Dinamica sports seats too.
So in its transition to being part of the Q8 family, has the E-Tron become a viable EV in terms of range and usability for you? It’s certainly no longer the awkward pioneer in Audi’s EV range to our eyes anymore and is a worthwhile riposte to Mercedes with the EQC and especially BMW with the iX.