Audi Q8 review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

It’s a pricey car, the Audi Q8, but then it’s a large, sporty, luxurious coupé SUV. Any equivalent BMW X6 or Mercedes GLE Coupé will be just as expensive, but the Range Rover Velar is a relative bargain because it comes with smaller engines and a smaller list price as a result.  

Coupé SUVs are popular, with many people looking to pick one up second hand. As a result, the Q8’s resale values match the X6’s and GLE Coupé’s, although the Velar retains a slightly bigger chunk of its list price.

Black Edition does very little to impress, other than adding some styling enhancements. Vorsprung is incredibly well kitted out, adding nappa leather, electric sun blinds, keyless entry and massaging seats, which is all fantastic, but it’s just too expensive.  

The Q8 also comes with an impressive array of active safety features, including automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keeping assistance. The Vorsprung trim adds blind-spot monitoring and every version has a full five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP.

As for reliability, Audi finished a not-so-impressive 18th place out of 30 manufacturers in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. To be fair, that was better than Mercedes (22nd) and Land Rover (30th), but BMW proved the most dependable of the lot in 13th place. Every Q8 comes with a three-year or 60,000-mile warranty, which is pretty average.

Audi Q8 2021 interior infotainment

Overview

If you have a healthy budget and you're in the market for large coupé SUV, then the Audi Q8 is definitely worth of your consideration. Inside it's classy and spacious and on the road it handles capably and cruises quietly. The 50 TDI diesel is super strong and economical or, for company car drivers, choose the tax-beating TFSIe plug-in hybrids.

  • Spacious interior
  • Fantastic build quality
  • Strong range of engines
  • Pricey to buy
  • Fiddly infotainment system
  • Iffy reliability and average warranty
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