Audi Q8 review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£66,710
What Car? Target Price£62,180
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Q8 is available in two trims: S line and Vorsprung. But even entry-level S line is packed with kit.

Stepping up to Vorsprung gets you 22in alloy wheels, an upgraded stereo and adaptive cruise control – not to mention four-wheel steering. However, we'd stick with S line.

Even in this form, the Q8 looks expensive next to our reigning Luxury SUV of the Year, the Q7, although it is priced roughly on a par with the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé.

As for running costs, the Q8 should be competitive. The 50 TDI, as the only engine currently available, is not only more frugal than equivalent units from Range Rover, BMW and Mercedes, but it’s also cleaner, emitting just 178 g/km of CO2.

The Q8 has not yet been tested by Euro NCAP, but it gets an impressive array of active safety equipment as standard, including automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance.

As for reliability, it’s far too early to have any data for the Q8, but Audi finished a respectable 12th place out of 32 manufacturers in our most recent reliability survey.

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There are more practical and cheaper luxury SUVs, but if you want that coupé–SUV look, the classy, spacious and refined Audi Q8 will not disappoint

  • Spacious interior
  • Fantastic build quality
  • Very quiet
  • No engine choice
  • High list price
  • Fiddly infotainment system