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Audi Q8

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Audi Q8

(2018 – present)

    Summary


    The Audi Q8 is the German brand’s SUV flagship, and is basically a coupe version of the big-selling Q7. When The Car Expert tested the Q8, we described it as “a car for buyers who want the elegance of a luxury coupé and the convenience of a large SUV” while wondering just how many buyers would actually want such a vehicle.

    While based on the Audi Q7, the Q8 is shorter, lower and wider, offering five seats instead of seven. The car demonstrates its sporty appeal with much bolder visuals particularly on the front end – styling according to Auto Trader that can be “as divisive as it is distinctive.”

    Despite the sculpted looks and sloping roof the Q8 is surprisingly practical with lots of space in the rear. Being an Audi the fit and finish interior is to excellent standards and the technology both extensive and bang up to date. But to get all the bells and whistles that are available you have to dip deeply into the options list which can add serious extra cost – Top Gear points out the high-spec Vorsprung model is priced at around £18,000 more than the S-Line, which itself is well specified.

    Power options range across a 3.0-litre petrol of 340hp and a 286hp 3.0-litre diesel, along with a couple of plug-in hybrid units. There is also a high-performance version, the SQ8, with a 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine pumping out 507hp and even an RS version with 600hp and a sub 4-second 0-62mph time…

    On the road the Q8 is confident and lives up to its sporty billing – according to Auto Express it “offers good road manners and superb refinement, as well as a plush ride – if you avoid Dynamic mode.”

    As of June 2022, the Audi Q8 holds an Expert Rating of 67% from 19 reviews. That makes it the lowest-rated model in the Audi range according to our industry-leading Expert Rating Index.

    Audi Q8 highlights

    • Surprisingly practical
    • Powerful performance
    • Lots of tech
    • Strong standard safety spec

    Audi Q8 lowlights

    • Styling can be divisive
    • Options add lots of expense
    • Lots of safety kit on options list
    • Super potent S and RS versions seem a bit pointless

    Key specifications


    Body style: Large SUV/crossover
    Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
    Price: From £67,840 on-road

    Launched: Summer 2018
    Last updated: Autumn 2020
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: December 2019
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 93%
    Child protection: 87%
    Vulnerable road users: 71%
    Safety assist: 73%

    The current Audi Q8 was tested in 2019 and gained a five-star rating. Testers highlighted the effectiveness of the standard-fit autonomous emergency braking and the car scored maximum points in several of the impact tests. Audi offers a wide range of active safety systems but many are expensive options.

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    The Audi Q8 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

    If the Q8 is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

    Reliability rating

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    As of June 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Audi Q8 to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively for us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Q8, we’ll publish the score here.

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    If you’re looking at the Audi Q8, you might also be interested in these alternatives

    BMW X6 | Maserati Levante | Mercedes-Benz GLE | Porsche Cayenne | Range Rover Sport

    The BMW X6 is regarded as the key rival to the Audi Q8, and offers a better driving performance. The Mercedes-Benz GLE also goes up against it, while the Audi’s sporty styling might also tempt buyers of the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport, though both these are more practical.

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    Audi Q8The Audi Q8 is a sporty version of the Q7 and the brand’s flagship SUV – it’s surprisingly practical but it also can be expensive.