Audi SQ8 review


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There’s an extensive range of electric adjustment for the steering wheel and driver's seat, with the latter including four-way lumbar support and an extendable seat cushion. The only issue is that once you're sat on the supportive and heavily bolstered S-specific leather seat, it’s a bit too easy to mistake this sporty model for a regular Q8.

You can’t fault the build quality, though; everything operates with slick precision, and top-spec Vorsprung models even have generous amounts of carbon-fibre and swathes of Alcantara-suede on the doors.

Digital instruments take the place of conventional analogue dials and also display a multitude of additional data, including sat-nav maps and music playlists.

Unfortunately, while the twin touchscreens in the centre of the dashboard are crystal clear, you have to look down to operate the numerous icons – including for simple things like the climate controls – while good, old-fashioned buttons or knobs would be far less distracting. For that reason, we much prefer the BMW X6's iDrive system, which combines a touchscreen with a rotary controller and shortcut buttons.

All-round visibility is good in the SQ8, despite its sloping roofline. Also, to further help you out when reversing into a tight spot, the SQ8 has parking sensors as standard and, optionally, a 360-degree parking camera. Matrix LED headlights are included, too, to take the stress out of driving at night.

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