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The Just About Perfect Audi Q8 E-Tron | First Drive Review

When I say just about perfect, the all-new Audi Q8 e-tron 2023 gave me a very hard time trying to find almost anything, which can be a major deal breaker for me.

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Range, Comfort, Driving Performance

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Interior

Overview

When I say just about perfect, the all-new Audi Q8 e-tron 2023 gave me a very hard time trying to find almost anything, which can be a major deal breaker for me. But I'm not surprised about it, because, in my view, Audi never disappoints. As we all know, the first car in Audi's EV segment was named the e-tron, and with additions of more models coming in under its banner lineup, the 2023 e-tron comes with multiple upgrades and transformations, in addition to the e-tron lineup fitting towards the conventional naming with a Q8 in its label. 

Ever since I drove an Audi for the first time a few years back, I connected it with luxury, comfort and power no matter which car I drove or sat in from the lineup. When I got the keys to the Audi Q8 e-tron Sportback, I was really excited to try my hands on it and find out whether it continues to carry those qualities or not. There are two options: The Sportback & the SUV; interestingly, both options come in two variants- 50 and 55 with 95kWh and 114kWh batteries, respectively, which can be considered as a major, major upgrade from the outgoing e-tron. 

Verdict 

Comparing it with its direct competition, the BMW iX, the Audi Q8 e-tron is a no-nonsense car; it is a full package with hardly any negative points. The iX surely does a better job at interiors, but the double range and sophisticated looks of the Q8 e-tron are more appealing to me. It won't be a bad decision to take one step towards sustainability and pure luxury if you have just the right budget for the Audi Q8 e-tron 2023.  



TopGear Magazine July 2024