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Audi Q8 (2018–)

Last updated 24 June 2019

 
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Kerb weight 2230 kg
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Servicing 18,000 miles

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Driving

From the second you take a seat in the Audi Q8, it feels pretty big. The door mirrors stick out, ready to be swiped off on country lanes, while the bonnet stretches out in front.

The Q8's got some tricks up its sleeves to make it feel smaller, however. One is the four-wheel steering (standard on the Vorsprung and a £1950 option on the S line). This makes the Q8 surprisingly agile on rural roads, while around town it reduces the turning circle by around a metre. Even on motorways it's a useful option, making the Q8 feel more stable when changing lanes.

You can select from five different drive modes, each tweaking things like the suspension and throttle response to best suit the situation. We found 'comfort' to be fine most of the time, dynamic mode doing little but making things a little too harsh and the steering pointlessly heavy.

There's no hiding the fact that the Q8's a big SUV. The ride quality is firm, especially on the Vursprung's massive 22-inch wheels, while the standard air suspension struggles to keep the car flat through bends. If you were expecting a large Audi SUV to rival the Porsche Cayenne in driving dynamics, this is not it.

It's a comfortable cruiser, though, and a clever 48-volt mild hybrid system helps save fuel by switching the engine off when you lift off the accelerator between 34 and 99mph. You'll only really notice this by keeping an eye on the rev counter, as the engine kicks in and out seamlessly.

Refinement levels are excellent, with bearly a grumble from the diesel engine making its way into the cabin. In fact, the size of the Q8 combined with its general refinement means it doesn't feel quite as quick as its 6.3 second 0-62mph time suggests - but watch the speedo as you hit the accelerator and it does indeed propel forwards with more than a degree of urgency.

That's once it's rolling, anyway. We've complained about Audi's eight-speed tiptronic gearbox in the A6 and A7, and it's just as infuriating in the Q8. Quick getaways from junctions are difficult, thanks to the slow response to the accelerator pedal at a standstill, and it's hard to drive smoothly.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
50 TDI 42 mpg 6.3 s 144 mph 178 g/km
List Price from £66,705
Buy new from £54,123
Contract hire from £635.86 per month
 

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