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      Launch year
      2018
      Body type
      SUV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Style-focused SUV from Audi

Best bits

  • Impeccable interior quality
  • Good to drive
  • Spacious cabin and a big boot

Not so great

  • Only five seats
  • Infotainment system can be a bit distracting
  • Not cheap to buy or run

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Overall verdict on the Audi Q8

"We always bang on about the huge number of SUVs on our roads these days, but there’s a very good reason why they’re so popular."

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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 need seven seats, then Audi will point you towards a Q7. 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 an absolute 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 BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. 


Yes, this is a very expensive car, but jaw-dropping quality like this helps make the Q8 feel worthy of 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 R8 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 slushiest SUVs, but it’ll keep you comfortable most of the time, and you get impressively sharp handling 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 roomy, comfortable car. A big boot also helps it perform family duties impressively well.


Downsides? Well the infotainment system could be more user-friendly and, like we said earlier, it’s pretty pricey. But otherwise, the Q8 is a very good premium all-rounder that’s perfectly suited to the buyers it’s aimed at. If that’s you, you're in for a treat.

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50 TDI Quattro S Line 5dr Tiptronic

  • 2019
  • 26,500 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Listers Audi Worcester
  • Worcestershire, WR25EA
Price:£45,990
PCP: £665.17/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £665.17, Customer Deposit: £6,898.00, Total Deposit: £6,898.50, Optional Final Payment: £23,960.00, Total Charge For Credit: £8,149.45, Total Amount Payable: £54,139.45, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 8.55%, Excess Mileage Charge: 12ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Audi Q8 right for you?

If you’re after a five-seat luxury SUV and you enjoy the finer things in life, then the Q8 will suit you down to the ground. Even compared with high-class rivals such as the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe, the Audi feels like a cut-above in terms of interior quality, and that really helps justify the high price tag.


It’ll also suit you if you value agile handling over outright comfort, because it does feel impressively athletic in a set of bends, although despite there being a firm edge to the ride, this is not an uncomfortable car by any means. And, if you’re a gadget fan, the Q8 has that covered, too, with a huge variety of luxury equipment and all the latest infotainment tech.

What's the best Audi Q8 model/engine to choose?

There are only two engines available, and we’ve only tried one of them, so we’ll have to go with that one. However, we probably would’ve recommended that engine - the 50 TDI diesel - anyway because it’s so much more fuel efficient than the 55 TFSI petrol. It’s also enormously powerful and impressively smooth and quiet. In terms of the trim level you want, there isn’t much you’d demand in a luxury SUV that the entry-level S line trim doesn’t give you. Edition 1 and Vorsprung versions add even more toys, but they also add a lot to the price.

What other cars are similar to the Audi Q8?

The Q8 is a luxury SUV that’s focused on style rather than practicality, and it’s certainly not alone on that score. The BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe are probably its most direct rivals on size, price and ethos, while Land Rover will have a couple of contenders in the mix with the Range Rover Sport and the Velar


Buyers might also be tempted by the Porsche Cayenne Coupe if they’re after something a little sportier.

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Does the Q8 have the option for seven seats?

No. It’s dramatically sloped roofline means that anyone sat in a third row of seats would lose their heads every time you close the boot, so the Q8 is a strict five-seater with a larger boot.

Dan Powell

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Is the Audi Q8 bigger than the Q7?

The bigger the number, the larger the car right? Not so, at least in the case of the Q8, which is actually a bit shorter (and a 40 millimetres lower) than the cheaper Q7 seven-seater SUV.

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How much boot space does the Q8 have?

Its svelte design does hamper practicality, since the boot is shallower and smaller than you get on the Q7, but capacity is still decent, with 605 litres of space with five seats in place. If you fold the seats then this extends out to 1,755 litres, which is more than its German rivals.

David Ross

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David Ross

How does it compare to its rivals on price?

Just like the R8 supercar, the Q8 is a serious financial investment. But used prices for nearly new models knock a sizeable chunk off the list price, and the high level of kit means it’s not too hard to find the right spec. Rival luxury SUVs from BMW and Range Rover have been around longer (so can be found with bigger discounts) but at higher mileages than the Audi.

Andy Brady

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