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Audi RS Q8

(2020 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

53
%
E

Used car score:

48
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

62
%
D

Safety Rating:

73
%
B

Eco Rating:

23
%
D

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

4
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

53
%
E

Used car score:

48
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

62
%
D

Safety Rating:

73
%
B

Eco Rating:

23
%
D

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

4
%
E

Summary


The Audi RS Q8 is the sporty performance-enhanced version of the regular Q8 range, and the most powerful petrol-powered SUV in Audi’s line-up. It has been on sale in the UK since 2020.

The sporty SUV has received a largely positive reception from the UK media, with frequent plaudits for its pace – the Carbuyer team concludes that the RS Q8 offers “incredible performance”, while What Car? calls the SUV “outrageously fast.” The Audi shares its engine with the Lamborghini Urus – a 592hp twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 that produces a 0-62mph sprint time of 3.8 seconds.

The Top Gear team explains that the RS Q8 is “ideal if you need a supercar and an SUV rolled into one”, pointing to the car’s agile handling, as well as its spacious and well-built interior. However, they also find the SUV’s six-figure price tag to be a deterrent. “The Audi RS 6 costs much less, it’s faster, it’s more fuel efficient, boot space is nearly the same and you won’t look like a Premiership footballer when you pull up in one.”

As well as rivals within the Audi range, multiple reviewers have reported that the SUV’s automatic gearbox is rather lethargic – a conclusion that leads What Car? to comment that the Porsche Cayenne Turbo offers more on-the-road fun overall.

Jonathan Burn of Auto Express asserts that this heavy-set Audi is “too big to be truly engaging”, while Carwow explains that you will be lucky to get 25mpg out of the SUV’s thirsty engine. “But do you really care about fuel economy in a super-SUV such as this? Probably not.”

As of January 2024, the Audi RS Q8 currently holds a bottom-of-the-barrel Expert Rating of E (53%), which is a result of its poor media reviews, high levels of CO2 emissions and eye-watering running costs.

RS Q8 highlights

  • Seriously quick in a straight line
  • Surprisingly agile in the bends
  • Plenty of on-board tech as standard
  • Comfortable upmarket interior

RS Q8 lowlights

  • Thirsty petrol engine
  • Sluggish automatic gearbox
  • Expensive, base price and options list
  • Cheaper RS 6 is faster and more efficient

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV/crossover
Engines:
petrol
Price:
From £112,795 on-road

Launched: Spring 2020
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Auto Express

+

Auto Trader

+

Autocar

+

Car

+

Carbuyer

+

Carwow

+

Evo

+

Honest John

+

Parkers

+

Top Gear

+

What Car?

+

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 Audi RS Q8 shares its crash test safety rating with the regular Q8 SUV range, which was awarded a full five-star score in December 2019.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Audi RS Q8 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. However, it’s a huge SUV powered by a 600hp petrol V8 engine producing CO2 emissions of more than 300g/km, so your expectations should be set low…

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Audi Q8 range to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to 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.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models21 mpgE20 – 21 mpgE – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models303 g/kmD301 – 318 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£629D
Year 2£1,526D
Year 3£2,450D
Year 4£2,802D
Year 5£3,835D
Overall£11,242D

It should be no surprise that a 600hp, twin-turbocharged petrol SUV is very expensive to run. The Audi RS Q8 has one of the worst Running Cost Ratings of any car in our database.

While this probably won’t deter potential new car customers, given that large SUVs of similar performance and luxury are likely to be just as expensive to run, it’s certainly worth thinking about carefully if you’re looking at purchasing a used RS Q8.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Audi RS Q8 has received.

2021

  • World Performance Car Of The Year

Similar cars


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

BMW X6 M | Lamborghini UrusMaserati Levante Trofeo | Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S | Porsche Cayenne Turbo | Range Rover Sport


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