Used Audi Q8 2018-present review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Advice for buyers

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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Audi Q8 4x4?

The Q8 is a pretty recent addition to the used car market, but you should still give any example a thorough inspection. Pay particular attention to the wheels and tyres, because even the smallest rims are 21in and it’ll cost a small fortune to fit fresh tyres. It isn’t just because of the size of them; it’s also to do with the fact that every model has four-wheel-drive, so you need to keep the same type of tyre on all four wheels for safety reasons. So, if you're swapping brands or types of tyre, you’ll have to change all four at the same time.

Make sure the interior is in good order, too, and that the carpets and leather are free from marks and stains. Also, the digital screens will cost a lot to replace if they're scratched, so make sure you clean them only as per the instructions in the owner’s manual.  

Gearbox oil leak

Oil may escape from a faulty join in the gearbox oil line of Q8s manufactured from 1 September to 31 December 2019. Speak to an Audi dealer to find out if your car is affected, because the line will need to be replaced to solve the problem.

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Is a used Audi Q8 4x4 reliable?

The Q8 is a little too neiche to have appeared in the luxury SUV section of the latest What Car? Reliability survey, however, the Q7 upon which it is based scored highly and managed to secure second place overal.

Audi as a brand didn't do quite so well and only manged to finish in 22nd place out of 31 car manufacturers. That still puts it ahead of Mercedes and Land Rover, though.