Cadillac Lyriq Vs Audi e-tron, Tesla Model Y, Volvo XC40 Recharge

The upcoming Cadillac Lyriq is arguably one of the most exciting new launches in the luxury EV segment in the US, as it combines the brand’s premium approach with the latest technology: GM’s Ultium platform.

According to InsideEVsTom Moloughney, who had the chance to check out the Cadillac Lyriq, is also well priced and could be a solid competitor to vehicles such as Audi e-tron, Tesla Model Y or Volvo XC40 Recharge.

Not all the numbers on the Lyriq are available and no one has yet reviewed the production version, which will launch in Q2 2021, but let’s see how the limited Debut Edition stacks up against some other EVs.

The Debut Edition is rear-wheel drive only (four-wheel drive version to follow), but is well equipped. We suspect the regular versions will be less expensive, while the regular four-wheel drive may be just as expensive as the limited rear-wheel drive with all the bells and whistles.

Cadillac Lyriq

Audi e-tron 50 quattro

Audi e-tron

Compared to the Audi e-tron a few years older, the Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition is in a really strong position.

It only has a slightly larger battery, but is expected to get significantly more range, suggesting much better efficiency. Of course, the AWD version will probably be less than 300 miles estimated for the RWD version, but it still has to beat the Audi e-tron.

Power is lower in the RWD version, but a later AWD will likely be equal or better.

The Lyriq has a noticeably lower suggested retail price. Unfortunately for Cadillac, it doesn’t qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit. Nevertheless, if the regular AWD version, without the federal tax credit, costs as much as the regular Audi e-tron and offers more range with possibly a nicer interior (a matter of taste), then the Lyriq will be very competitive.

Side by side EV comparison by InsideEVs
Fashion model 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition
[A]
Difference
[A] / [B]
Audi etron 2021
[B]
Motive RWD AWD
Battery 100.4 kWh 5.7% 95 kWh
EPA range
combined 300 km*
(483km)
35.1% 222 miles
(357km)
Specifications:
0-60mph 5.5 sec
top speed 124 mph
(200 km/h)
peak power 255 kW -15% 300 kW
Prices
MSRP $58,795 -10.8% $65,900
Dear M. Attack +$1,195 +$1,095
tax credit N/A $7,500
Effective price $59,990 0.8% $59,495

The manufacturer also says the car will charge up to 190 kW (shape of the charging curve remains unknown), compared to the largely flat 150 kW e-tron. That could be another advantage of the Lyriq.

Cadillac Lyriq

Cadillac Lyriq

Charging Tesla Model Y at a Supercharging station

Charging Tesla Model Y at a Supercharging station

Compared to the current Tesla Model Y, the Cadillac Lyriq is also very interesting. Prices are comparable (both manufacturers are not eligible for the federal tax credit).

Cadillac Lyriq has over 25% more battery capacity. The range is slightly lower (RWD vs AWD versions), but we have to remember that the Lyriq is also a bigger car (9 centimeters longer and slightly wider, with a similar height).

Cadillac Lyriq interior

Cadillac Lyriq interior

Tesla Model Y interior

Tesla Model Y interior

We’ll have to wait for all the details, but on paper it’s worth considering, especially if a customer prefers Cadillac’s interior style. Tesla has its own perks, including access to the Supercharging network.

Side by side EV comparison by InsideEVs
Fashion model 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition
[A]
Difference
[A] / [B]
2021 Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD 19″
[B]
Motive RWD AWD
Battery 100.4 kWh 25.5% 80 kWh*
EPA range
combined 300 km*
(483km)
-9.1% 330 km*
(531 kilometers)
Specifications:
0-60mph 4.8 sec
top speed 135 mph
(217 km/h)
peak power 255 kW
Prices
MSRP $58,795 -0.3% $58,990
Dear M. Attack +$1,195 +$1,200
tax credit N/A N/A
Effective price $59,990 -0.3% $60,190
Cadillac Lyriq

Cadillac Lyriq

Volvo XC40 Fast charging at an Electrify America station

Volvo XC40 Fast charging at an Electrify America station

Finally the Volvo XC40 Recharge. Prices are comparable, but Cadillac suffers a lot from the lack of the federal tax credit.

With an equal boost, the electric Cadillac would be much more powerful in terms of battery capacity and range. Power in the next AWD version will likely be higher in Cadillac as well.

Side by side EV comparison by InsideEVs
Fashion model 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition
[A]
Difference
[A] / [B]
2022 Volvo XC40 Charging
[B]
Motive RWD AWD
Battery 100.4 kWh 28.7% 78 kWh
EPA range
combined 300 km*
(483km)
34.5% 223 miles
(359km)
Specifications:
0-60mph 4.7 sec
top speed 112 mph
(180 km/h)
peak power 255 kW -15% 300 kW
Prices
MSRP $58,795 6.3% $55,300
Dear M. Attack +$1,195 +$1,095
tax credit N/A $7,500
Effective price $59,990 22.7% $48,895

* estimated/unofficial values

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