The New Audi Q8 SUV
Audi’s flagship SUV is a fantastic blend of quality and style, and a worthy symbol at the top of the Q family
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Need to know
The Q8 is Audi’s flagship SUV, sitting at the top of the brand’s extensive line-up of Q models.
Flagship Vorsprung models are equipped with all-wheel steering, with the rear wheels able to turn at an angle ton help with both low-speed manoeuvrability and high-speed stability.
Huge 21-large alloy wheels are fitted to the Audi Q8 as standard.
Q8 S Line
21” '5-V-spoke S' design alloy wheels
Adaptive air Sport suspension
48 volt Mild Hybrid
Parking System Plus with 360 degree display
Q8 Black Edition
22" 10-spoke Y-style, Black metallic alloys
Black styling package plus
Polished Oak with grey finish inlays
Flat-bottom steering wheel
The Q8 is most certainly a worthy range-topper for Audi’s SUV tree, as it acts as a halo model for quality, technology and style. That coupe-like profile gives it a particularly eye-catching design, while the strong engines and plentiful levels of equipment ensure the Q8 more than delivers in the premium large SUV class.
The Q8 joined Audi’s range of models in 2018 as its new SUV flagship. Introducing a striking new design language that would be rolled out across the brand’s Q line–up, it stemmed around a new octangular Singleframe grille which features bold upright elements to help showcase the Q8’s size.
It was also the first Audi SUV to feature a coupe-like profile, which has since been adopted by models such as the Q3 and Q4 e-tron Sportback, with the Q8 having a particularly elegant look when viewed side-on.
The sheer size of the Q8 is what dominates the exterior design. While the Q7 is slightly longer in terms of outright length, it’s still almost five metres long, and the widest Audi SUV to date – giving it powerful proportions out on the road.
There are some lovely styling elements, too, such as the frameless doors (a feature usually found on coupes and not SUVs), while no Q8 comes with smaller alloy wheels than 21 inches. There’s a fantastic colour palette available too, including Ascari Blue, Sakhir Gold and Chili Red.
Regardless of which Audi Q8 you choose you’re unlikely to be disappointed with the technology on offer. The cabin is filled with screens, including a 10.1-inch main HD touchscreen that boasts a 3D city satellite navigation, while a lower 8.6-inch HD screen handles functions like the heated seats and climate control. We also can’t forget the superb 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit – a large, fully configurable digital instrument cluster.
But it’s the Vorsprung that really is the highlight, bringing features like a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, a head-up display and a 360-degree camera system. A variety of additional driver assistance packages are included as well, such as park assist, Audi Side Assist blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise assist.
Engines & Performance
There are just two engines available on the Q8 – one petrol and one diesel – and they’re offered across all trim levels. Each comes as standard with an eight-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox and quattro four-wheel-drive.
Let’s start with the 55 TFSI – a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that produces 335bhp and 500Nm of torque.
Meanwhile, if you’d prefer a diesel, the engine is badged as the 50 TDI, and it’s a 3.0-litre turbocharged TDI unit that puts out 282bhp and 600Nm of torque.
If you’re wanting the most performance, it’s the 55 TFSI petrol that is the version to go for. Audi says it can go from 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds* and would accelerate to a top speed of 155mph*. In terms of efficiency, it’s perhaps not the best for those doing longer trips – Audi claiming 25.9-26.6mpg* and 247-240g/km* CO2 emissions.
As for the diesel, this fairs noticeably better on fuel, with Audi claiming 33.2-34mpg, with CO2 emissions of 222-217g/km*. It’s only slightly lower than the petrol, with a 0-60mph time of 5.9 seconds* still being respectable, and it can manage a 150mph* top speed.
0-60 mph (55 TFSI)
Top speed (55 TFSI)
CO2 emissions (55 TFSI)
All vehicles are tested according to WLTP technical procedures. Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and equivalent electric range figures with other vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles, vehicle load (and, for battery electric vehicles, the starting charge of the battery).