Paraphrasing an Ed Sheeran song, as you age, your hips don’t move like they used to before. So after all that time spent saving for a low-slung sports car, your joints may no longer allow you to get into one. If this applies to you, help is at hand in the form of sports SUVs like this, the new Audi RS Q8 – a car with the pace of Porsche 911, but the raised driving position of an SUV.
A hugely powerful engine in a top-heavy 4x4 sounds like a daft combination, but the market for such vehicles is growing, and the RS Q8 is one of the most powerful around, using a 592bhp version of the twin-turbo 4.0-litre petrol V8 that’s also found in the RS6.
That amount of power pitches it close to the upcoming BMW X6 M Competition, but ahead of rivals such as the Range Rover Sport SVR and Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupé. But how does the RS Q8 stack up against our top price-point winner in the sports SUV category, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio? Especially when said rival is significantly cheaper.
Read for the full account of how it stacks up, plus find out how it drives, what it’s like inside and what it’ll be like to own.
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