Audi Q8 55TFSI Quattro
A sleeker and sportier upgrade to the Audi Q-family of SUVs.
The Q8 is the latest addition to Audi’s Q-family of SUVs. Clad in sleeker and sportier body-work than sister model Q7, it combines SUV practicality with advanced technology and other luxury car appointments.
It’s wider, lower and shorter than the Q7 with which it shares wheelbase, but still offers a spacious cabin for occupants and generous cargo space with flat floor and four tie points. And flat folding the 40:20:40 split rear seat expands load space to 1755 litres. If a seven-seat Audi is on your shopping list though, then you’ll still be looking at the more spacious Q7, not the five-seat-only Q8.
The interior finish and detail touches takes the brand’s reputation for quality finish to a higher level and makes the Q7’s cabin look rather dated by comparison. Audi have endowed the Q8 with some sophisticated technology borrowed from the A8 luxury saloon, including MMI Navigation Plus with Touch Response 10.1-inch and 8.6-inch colour touch-screens with haptic and acoustic feedback, and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit configurable instrument cluster. There are 39 advanced driver assistance systems amongst the extensive standard kit as well.
Our test car was fitted with a number of options including the Premium Pack ($11,000) that includes 22-inch alloys (in lieu of standard 21-inch wheels), adaptive air suspension, privacy glass, four-zone climate, B&O 730watt 3D sound system, LED colour ambient lighting, and an excellent HD Matrix LED headlight system.
A clever Multiview camera system that includes 3D views and a kerb view, plus park sensors both ends, makes parking the bulky Q8 a relatively care-free exercise.
The 250kW V6 turbo-petrol engine is mated to an eight-speed auto, that together deliver robust performance and feel very refined whilst getting on with it. Audi claim a not-so-tardy 5.9 seconds sprint to 100kph for the 2265kg SUV. A mild hybrid-drive system helps boost the petrol engine’s fuel efficiency too.
The adaptive air suspension provides for suspension height adjustment to suit road conditions, driving styles, and also an extra low setting for cargo loading. It also delivers a comfortable ride even with larger wheels and low-profile tyres.
Despite its bulk, Q8 impresses with its capable handling through curves and corners. A little more road feel in the steering would be welcome though. The optional four-wheel steering ($4500) makes the Q8 more manoeuvrable at low speed and provides noticeably better turn-in at higher cornering speeds.
- MLP: $128,900 (excludes on-road costs)
- ENGINE: 3.0-litre, TFSI turbo-petrol V6
- ANCAP SAFETY RATING: N/A
- TAILPIPE CO2 (g/km): 210
Quality finish, spacious, equipment, performance, refinement, road manners
No seven-seat option, space-saver spare, option prices, warranty should be longer.