Audi SQ8 2019 LHD rear seats

Audi SQ8 review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£81,740
What Car? Target Price£76,393
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Although the similarly fast BMW X5 M50d is priced rather lower, If you’re already considering a high-spec Audi Q8, the SQ8’s price premium actually looks fairly slim. And, although no SQ8 is short on standard equipment, as you’ll have seen on the previous pages, the leap from “entry-level” spec to the top Vorsprung trim level is a relatively small one that might be worth making.

Vorsprung brings additional high-tech features that make the SQ8 unique in its class, such as the active anti-roll bar, four-wheel steering and sport rear differential that we explained in the driving section . It also adds lane-keeping assistance and a system that warns you if it senses a car approaching from either side if you’re reversing out of a garage or driveway. 

Being diesel-engined, the SQ8 will go further on a full tank than a petrol alternative such as the Porsche Cayenne — we managed a decent 33mpg over some steep mountain roads. We can’t comment on official mpg or CO2 emissions, because Audi hasn’t released them yet. 

In the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, Audi finished near the bottom of the table, trailing BMW but placing ahead of Mercedes and Porsche.

Audi SQ8 2019 LHD seat detail
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Verdict

As an SUV, the Audi SQ8 is great – it’s spacious, well equipped, full of technology, quick yet fuel efficient. However, as a performance SUV, it’s a bit of a blunt instrument so you’ll rarely actually enjoy chucking it into corners. The SQ8 performs amazingly well on motorways, though, and makes mincemeat out of overtakes, but its performance is too one-dimensional to be able to truly beat the Porsche Cayenne.

  • So much technology
  • Effortless overtaking
  • Balanced ride quality for a sporty SUV
  • Not that much fun to drive
  • No seven-seat option
  • Expensive options