One of the latest entries into the luxury EV space that’s creating quite the buzz is the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. It’s already being hailed as a highly sought-after model for anyone who needs an electric vehicle with all the upscale touchpoints. So, how well does it compare to other luxury SUVs? More specifically, can it challenge the impressive Audi e-tron?
Here’s the comparison you need to see if you’re still on the fence about which EV you want to buy. The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will be a dominating force among its competitors. Here are four reasons to buy the Lyriq over the Audi e-tron!
1. The Cadillac Lyriq has more available horsepower
Starting with horsepower, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq surges ahead with the rear-wheel-drive, single motor version producing 340 horsepower with 325 lb-ft of torque. Bump up to the all-wheel drive model, and you will bump your horsepower up to 500, according to GM Authority. You can put the misconception that electric cars can’t hustle to rest.
In comparison, Audi says its luxury EV contender, the e-tron, can achieve 402 horsepower with 490 lb-ft of torque, which is still pretty impressive. Additionally, while its 0 to 60 mph time is an impressive 6.3 seconds, according to Consumer Reports, it’s still not the horsepower the AWD Lyriq offers. Based on the data, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is the winner if power matters.
2. More electric driving range
Before buying an electric car of any kind, you’ll want to check out the driving ranges on the batteries. Cadillac says its first fully electric luxury EV comes with an EPA estimated 312 miles of driving range on a full charge. Consumer Reports‘ review of the Audi e-tron reminds buyers its EPA ratings are 222 miles of electric driving range on a full charge. Additionally, Inside EVs says the Lyriq will charge at upwards of 190 kW, which is more than the “mostly flat” 150 kW charge of the Audi e-tron. If squeezing a few extra miles of driving out of your EV battery pack matter, the Lyriq is the clear winner.
3. More passenger and cargo capacity in the Lyriq
Another reason to buy the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is there’s just more room. Edmunds says the maximum cargo capacity is 60.8 cubic feet. Alternatively, the Edmunds spec sheet for the 2022 Audi e-tron outlines max cargo capacity as 56.4 cubic feet.
Autoblog points to the Lyriq’s impressive passenger room, too, with 39.6 inches of rear legroom and 58.6 inches of shoulder room, making it a more comfortable fit for three people in the second row. GM Authority lays out the side-by-side specs, and the Lyriq’s slightly larger size translates to .5 inches of more headroom, .6 inches of more legroom, and .3 inches more shoulder room in the front seats, as well.
4. Available credit for home charger installation
Here’s the other perk about taking home the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. The automaker is partnering with Qmerit, a network of nationwide support to help new EV customers find qualified home charging installers. Adding to this support, Cadillac is offering customers the option to either select two years of unlimited charging credit at EVgo charging stations or take the $1,500 credit toward the in-home installation of a Level 2, 240-volt at-home charging station.
If you need another reason to buy the 2023 Cadillac Lyric over the Audi e-tron, consider these four comparison points. The Lyriq has more room, provides more optional horsepower, offers a better driving range on a full charge, and has available credits for home charging installations. Lastly, these distinguishing factors may all be on your top priority list before buying a luxury SUV.