Audi Q8 Review 2024
Audi Q8 At A Glance
Insurance Group 50
On average it achieves 93% of the official MPG figure
The Audi Q8 is essentially a Q7 where style has been prioritised over outright space. Whether you love or hate the looks, you also get a sportier driving experience (with plenty of comfort still present) and although there's no seven-seat option there's loads of room for five adults. Our Audi Q8 review sees if it has what it takes to brush aside rivals from BMW, Mercedes, Land Rover and Porsche.
There’s a very good reason why SUVs are so popular these days. They give family car buyers the space and practicality they need, but with all the style and luxury they desire. However, not everyone needs the versatility of a seven-seater, so the Audi Q8 is designed to dial down the former, and double-down on the latter.
If you do need seven seats, then check out our Audi Q7 review. The five-seater Q8, meanwhile, has a slinkier, less-boxy design to make it more elegant and more desirable, desirability that’s topped off by the aspirational Audi badge.
There are plenty of other Audi trademarks that are present-and-correct, too, not least, the impeccable build quality.
Every surface you look at or touch is a treat for the eyes or the fingertips, so this feels like a very classy product indeed, good enough to have the beating of rivals such as the Range Rover Velar and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, and on a par with the BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne Coupe.
Yes, this is a very expensive car, but jaw-dropping quality like this helps justify the price tag. So does the stack of luxury and safety equipment you get as standard, the latter of which helps the Q8 achieve that all-important five-star rating from Euro NCAP.
On the road, the Audi Q8 is very relaxed and quiet, with fabulous rolling refinement and a diesel engine (we haven’t tried the petrol offering yet) that is smooth, subdued and effortlessly powerful. Granted, the ride isn’t as cosseting as the softest luxury SUVs, but it’ll keep you comfortable most of the time, and you get impressively sharp handling for such a big car as a payoff.
And practicality? Well, it may only have five seats, but they’re all just as roomy as the equivalent seats in the Q7, so this is a very spacious, very comfortable car. A big boot also helps it perform family duties impressively well.
Downsides? Well, the infotainment system could be a bit more user-friendly and, like we said earlier, it’s pretty pricey. The slightly dim-witted gearbox lets the sporty side down a bit, too. But otherwise, the Q8 is a very good all-rounder that’s perfectly suited to the buyers it’s aimed at. If that’s you, then you’ll love it.