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Audi lane departure warning Standard (ex. VAT)
Cruise control + speed limiter Standard (ex. VAT)
Titanium black door mirror housings Standard (ex. VAT)
Body colour door mirrors Standard (ex. VAT)
Black roof rails £333.33 (ex. VAT)
Carbon exterior door mirrors £541.67 (ex. VAT)
Trailer hitch £916.67 (ex. VAT)
Trailer Assist £1208.33 (ex. VAT)
Electric panoramic glass sunroof £1458.33 (ex. VAT)
Valcona leather upholstery with front sports seats S embossed logo Standard (ex. VAT)
Electric sunblind for the rear side windows and manual sunblind for the rear window Standard (ex. VAT)
3 spoke heated leather multi-function sport steering including paddle shift Standard (ex. VAT)
Alcantara/leather upholstery with front sports seats S embossed logo Standard (ex. VAT)
3 spoke flat bottomed high multi-function leather sport steering wheel with gearshift paddles Standard (ex. VAT)
3 spoke heated leather multi-function steering wheel including paddle shift £208.33 (ex. VAT)
Massage and ventilation function for front seats Standard (ex. VAT)
Black Alcantara headlining £1458.33 (ex. VAT)
City assist pack - Q8 £1145.83 (ex. VAT)
Tour pack - Q8 £1625.00 (ex. VAT)
Extended leather pack - Q8 £3416.67 (ex. VAT)
Audi exclusive interior pack in albaster white - Q8 £6250.00 (ex. VAT)
Audi exclusive interior pack in crimson red - Q8 £6250.00 (ex. VAT)
Audi exclusive interior pack in diamond silver - Q8 £6250.00 (ex. VAT)
Special solid - Pure white Standard (ex. VAT)
Solid - Night black Standard (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Mythos black £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Matador red £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Navarra blue £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Glacier white £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Vicuna beige £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Orca black £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Galaxy blue £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Floret silver £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Tamarind brown £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Pearl - Daytona grey £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Satellite silver £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Dragon orange £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Barrique brown £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Waitomo blue £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Audi Exclusive - Custom £4000.00 (ex. VAT)
Audi warranty - 4 years or 75000 miles £720.83 (ex. VAT)
Audi warranty - 5 years or 90000 miles £1733.33 (ex. VAT)
Alcantara/leather - Black with grey stitching + front sports seats S embossed logo Standard (ex. VAT)
Valcona leather - Black with grey stitching + front sports seats S embossed logo Standard (ex. VAT)
Alcantara/leather - Rotor grey with anthracite stitching + front sports seats with S embossed logo Standard (ex. VAT)
Audi exclusive interior pack - Valcona leather+super sport seats - Alabaster white with grey stitching £6250.00 (ex. VAT)
Audi exclusive interior pack - Valcona leather+super sport seats - Crimson red with grey stitching £6250.00 (ex. VAT)
Audi exclusive interior pack - Valcona leather+super sport seats - Diamond silver with grey stitching £6250.00 (ex. VAT)
22" x 10.0J 5- parallel spoke design alloy wheels with contrasting grey partly polished Standard (ex. VAT)
22" x 10J 5 twin spoke design audi sport alloy wheels partly polished with matt grey inserts Standard (ex. VAT)
22" x 10J 5 V spoke star design alloy wheels in gloss anthracite black £208.33 (ex. VAT)
Audi drive select
Rear view camera
Electro-mechanical Power Assisted Steering
Automatic start/stop system
Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
MMI - Multi Media Interface control system
Low washer fluid indicator
Service interval indicator
Audi active lane assist
Audi smartphone interface includes wireless Apple carplay/Android Auto
Audi parking system plus includes 360 degree display with front and rear sensors
Audi connect with Amazon Alexa Integration
Audi virtual cockpit - 12.3" high resolution LCD display with fully customisable instrument cluster
Audi smartphone interface with wireless Apple CarPlay
Operating buttons in black, glass look with haptic feedback
10.1" and 8.6" Dual colour touchscreens
Audi phone box with wireless charging
MMI navigation plus with MMI touch
Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
Natural voice recognition
Power operated tailgate
On board computer
Quattro all wheel drive with self locking centre differential
Adaptive sport air suspension
48V Mild hybrid technology
85 litre fuel tank
Aux-in socket
DAB Digital radio
Audi music interface with 2 USB ports with charge and data functions
Audi sound system with 6 channel amplifier, 180 watt amplifying capacity and 10 loudspeakers including subwoofer
Headlight washers
Acoustic windscreen
Rain and light sensors
Electric front+rear windows
Rear wiper
Rear side wing doors
Auto dimming frameless rear view mirror
Electrically adjustable/heated/folding/dimming door mirrors with kerb view includes integrated LED indications + kerb view function for passenger side
LED signature daytime running lights
Audi HD Matrix LED headlights with dynamic front and rear indicators
Heat insulating glass in windshield
3rd brake light
Platinum grey front spoiler lip and diffuser insert
Electrically folding auto dimming/adjustable/heated door mirrors with memory function, LED side indicators and kerb view function for passenger side
Platinum grey front spoiler lip and diffuser insert with honeycomb grille in black
Coming/leaving home lighting function
Privacy glass - dark tinted rear and rear side windows from B-pillar backwards
Black cloth headlining
40:20:40 split folding rear bench seat
Stainless steel pedals
Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Driver seat memory function
Electrically adjustable front seats
Front head restraints
4-way lumbar support for front seats
Front/rear floor mats
Rear headrests
Tool kit
Heated front seats
LED interior ambient lighting
ISOFIX child seat mounting for front passenger seat and 2 outer rear seats with top tether child seat mounting for all 3 rear seats
Single front passenger seat
Luggage compartment sill protection in stainless steel
Rear seat bench plus
Comfort front centre armrest
4 zone deluxe automatic climate control
Titanium Black Styling Pack - Q8
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Child locks on rear doors
Electromechanical parking brake
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Hill hold assist
Hill descent control
3 point seatbelts on all seats
Traction control
Audi pre sense front
Driver and front passenger, front side and curtain airbags
Tyre pressure loss indicator
Predictive pedestrian protection
Seatbelt monitoring
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including ABS, ASR and EDL
Immobiliser
Keyless go with remote central locking
Anti-theft wheel bolts and wheel loosening detection
Anti theft alarm with tow away protection
Polished oak trim with grey finished
Tyre repair kit
CO2 243
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 2995
Compression Ratio N/A
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves N/A
Gears 8
Transmission Automatic
Combined 26.40
Urban 26.40
Extra Urban 25.90
Badge Engine CC 2995
Badge Power 340.00
NCAP Rating N/A
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 5.71
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 5.90
Engine BHP 340.00
Engine KW
Engine PS N/A
Engine Torque 500.00
Top Speed 155
Front Tyres 285/40 R22
Rear Tyres 285/40 R22
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 0
Length 4986
Wheel Base 2995
Width 0
Fuel Tank Size 85.00
Weight 2820
Roof Load Limit N/A
Towing Weight Braked 2095
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

The Audi Q8 is one of those large coupe-style SUVs, part of a genre pioneered by BMW a decade ago with their X6 and subsequently copied by Mercedes. Audi's considered solution for fashion-orientated folk browsing in this segment is Q7-based and very Vorsprung durch technic.

Background

The Volkswagen Group's MLB Evo platform has certainly spawned lots of luxury SUVs. First, we had the Audi Q7, then the Bentley Bentayga, the Porsche Cayenne, the Volkswagen Touareg, the Lamborghini Urus and here, we've come back full circle to a derivative of the Q7, this swoopier Q8. You can see why Audi wants a slice of the large sector SUV-coupe market. BMW has, after all, shifted over half a million X6s since that car pioneered the genre a decade ago. This one rolls off the same Slovakian Bratislava line as the Q7, the Cayenne and the Touareg and shares the same wheelbase and cabin width as its large Audi stablemate. The driveway demeanour though, is very different here, the emphasis on fashion, rather than family. It's pointless asking whether we really need this kind of car. People want them. Audi's made one. Is it any good? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

The Q8's primary engine is the '50 TDI' 3.0-litre diesel unit we're familiar with from the A7 Sportback and the A8. A 3.0 TFSI petrol-engined variant with 340PS (the Q8 '55 TFSI') is also available. There are two Plug-in hybrid variants, the 55 TFSIe (with 381PS) and the 60 TFSIe Competition (with 462PS), with the potential for an all-electric driving range of up to 28 miles. And Audi also offers two conventionally-engined 4.0-litre petrol sporting models, the 507PS SQ8. And the 600PS V8 petrol RS Q8. We'll focus on the '50 TDI' 286PS derivative because many customers will. This puts out a hefty 600Nm of pulling power and accelerates this large SUV from 0 to 62mph in 6.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 144mph. Your transmission will be an 8-speed Tiptronic auto. And of course there's standard quattro 4WD, which divides torque front-to-rear in a 40:60-split. When required, it transfers the majority of power to the axle with the better traction. Adaptive air suspension with controlled damping is a standard feature, with a sport set-up. This further improvers the supple ride you can expect from the aluminium five-link front and rear suspension. It can be adjusted to four modes with the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, varying the ride height of the body by up to 90mm. Q8 buyers also get standard 'progressive steering' which becomes increasingly direct as the steering angle increases.

Design and Build

Audi's understandably keen to point out the differences between this Q8 and the more conservative, family-oriented Q7 model it's mechanically based upon. Its coupe-style roof line makes it appear much lower than that sister model and it's 66mm shorter and 27mm wider. Plus there's a more distinctive front end, a shorter rear overhang and a mighty set of 21-inch wheels. Thanks to the frameless doors, the coupe-type roof line stretches low across the vehicle body visually, ending in a long roof spoiler. The roof line arches slightly towards the flat sloping, strong D-pillars, which are supported by wide, muscular contours. Inside, the cabin delivers the latest touch-sensitive piano black-trimmed interior we've lately seen in the brand's rejuvenated A7 and A8 models. With the dashboard's black-panel look, the main controls almost dissolve into the fascia's large, black surface when switched off. Of course, this coupe-style model doesn't provide the Q7's third row of seating, but Audi insists that there's ample room for five people, pointing out that the interior space exceeds that of the direct competitors in almost all relevant dimensions. The luggage compartment holds 605-litres, which increases to 1,755-litres with the rear backrests folded down. Two golf bags can easily fit in diagonally.

Market and Model

Pricing starts at around £69,000 for either the 50 TDI 3.0-litre diesel variant or the 55 TFSI petrol model. That's very competitive with this model's two main rivals, the BMW X6 and the Mercedes GLE Coupe. You're looking at prices starting around £73,000 for the 55 TFSIe plug-in variant. Pricing starts at around £82,000 for the SQ8 and around £102,500 for the RS Q8. Standard equipment across the Q8 range is, as you'd imagine, is very comprehensive. Like all top Audis, this one gets the brand's 'MMI navigation plus' infotainment system, which uses the latest LTE Advanced standard for data transfer. The navigation system offers intelligent destination suggestions based on previous journeys. Luxury is of the highest order but many owners will want to embellish the standard kit list with niceties like the optional 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. As is usual nowadays, there's autonomous driving tech too, most of it included in the optional 'Tour assist' package which gives you adaptive cruise assist (a feature that provides longitudinal and lateral control in all speed ranges) and 'efficiency assist' (which uses sat nav data to automatically adjust your Q8's speed to the current speed limit and automatically reduces your speed before corners, during turning and on roundabouts to lower fuel consumption. Plus there's 'Emergency assist' which takes control of the car if you're taken ill and safely stops it automatically.

Cost of Ownership

The Q8's primary 50 TDI 3.0-litre diesel engine uses mild hybrid technology, integrating a lithium-ion battery and a belt alternator starter into a 48-volt primary electrical system for greater efficiency. The rechargeable battery is located underneath the luggage compartment floor and stores 10 Ah of electrical capacity. That allows this Audi to coast between 34 and 99mph with the engine switched off; when you brush the throttle, the belt alternator starter restarts the engine quickly and during deceleration can recover up to 12kW of energy. The start-stop range starts as low as 13mph. Let's get to the WLTP figures. For the 50 TDI variant, the combined fuel figure is 33.2mpg and the CO2 reading is 222g/km. The alternative 55 TFSI petrol variant manages up to 26.4mpg (combined) and up to 243g/km of CO2. The 55 TFSIe Plug-in hybrid variant manages up to 100.9mpg and up to 65g/km. The SQ8 manages up to 22.4mpg and 287g/km of CO2. What else? Well bear in mind that all versions of this car will be subject to the government's tax levy for models costing over £40,000. That stands at £450 a year for the first five years of ownership. And of course, as with all modern diesel cars, the TDI versions of this one use an AdBlue fuel additive, stored in a separate rear tank that'll need to be topped up as part of regular servicing. Talking of maintenance, servicing your Q8 should be no more taxing than is the case with one of the company's smaller cars. As usual with Audi models, there's a choice of either a 'Fixed' or a 'Flexible' servicing regime, the choice between the two depending on the extent of your likely annual mileage.

Summary

You can see why Audi felt it had to build this car, though it's a little hard to understand why it took the brand so long to bring it to market. We had half-hoped that this delay might have enabled Ingolstadt to bring something radically new to the fashionable formula undergirded this sort of car. That hasn't happened here, but even so, the Q8 does manage to bring buyers seduced by this class-conscious category something a bit different. Turn up to a business meeting in an X6 or a Mercedes GLE Coupe and some might dismiss you as a showy extrovert. Arrive in a Q8 and the impact would be a touch more subtle. For some, that will be important, particularly as this Audi is - in its own way - just as stylish and avant garde as its two main Teutonic arch-rivals. If you want one of these, then probably nothing else will do. Which is exactly as it should be when it comes to this class of car.