Audi Q8 review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Interior

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  • Audi Q8 2021 interior infotainment
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  • Audi Q8 2021 interior front seats
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Every Audi Q8 comes with the latest MMI dual-touchscreen infotainment system. Unfortunately, this is a step back from the set-up in older Audis and most rivals, including the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupé, which have simple buttons and switches that are easier to use. The lower 8.6in touchscreen in the Q8 mostly operates the climate control functions and you have to look away from the road to change any of the settings.

Above that is the larger 10.1in infotainment touchscreen, which has mod-cons including sat-nav and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring. Again, it’s not as good as the arrangement in the X6, which has the touchscreen for the passenger to use and a rotary iDrive controller that lets the driver skim through lists and make selections with just a fleeting glance. Finding icons on the Q8’s infotainment touchscreen is just as frustratingly fiddly as finding them on the climate control screen when you’re bowling along a motorway at 70mph.

Electrically adjustable front sports seats with adjustable lumbar support and an extendable seat base provide good long-distance comfort, while the steering wheel offers a huge range of movement to help you find the ideal driving position. The Vorsprung trim adds a massaging driver’s seat. 

Visibility all around is excellent – even out of the back, despite the sloping roofline – and helped further by a rear-view camera (360-degree camera on Vorsprung) along with all-round parking sensors. Matrix LED headlights are standard throughout the range, and allow you to leave the main beams on without dazzling other road users.

The GLE Coupé and Range Rover Velar interiors look very jazzy next to the Q8’s, but in terms of construction integrity and material quality, the Q8 has the edge. All the surfaces are plush-feeling (there are some iffy plastics dotted around the Velar) and screwed together very well (there are some wobbly bits in the GLE). Indeed, it's right up there with the excellent interior of the X6.

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