Audi RS Q8 review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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  • Audi RS Q8 front cornering
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  • Audi RS Q8 dashboard
  • Audi RS Q8 rear seats
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  • Audi RS Q8 Alcantara gear selector
  • Audi RS Q8 front seats
  • Audi RS Q8 touchscreens
  • Audi RS Q8 boot
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  • Audi RS Q8 front cornering
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  • Audi RS Q8 front cornering
  • Audi RS Q8 rear cornering
  • Audi RS Q8 dashboard
  • Audi RS Q8 rear seats
  • Audi RS Q8 lower touchscreen
  • Audi RS Q8 Alcantara gear selector
  • Audi RS Q8 front seats
  • Audi RS Q8 touchscreens
  • Audi RS Q8 boot
  • Audi RS Q8 boot badge
  • Audi RS Q8 front cornering
  • Audi RS Q8 side
  • Audi RS Q8 blurred front cornering
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

You don’t need to go for the priciest trim level to get all the fancy chassis and suspension technology – it’s standard on the ‘entry-level’ RS Q8. Mind you, with a six-digit price tag, most would agree that it ought to be.

However, although it costs as much as a three bedroom house in Yorkshire, the RS Q8 represents good value against the more expensive BMW X6 M Competition. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupé is also more costly, and requires you to make merry with the options list in order to spec it up to the level of the RS Q8.

Given the RS Q8’s 2.4-tonne weight and hugely powerful V8 petrol engine, it’s perhaps not surprising that single-figure fuel consumption figures are entirely possible if you make full use of its performance. However, even with your sensible trousers on, when you’re employing the mild hybrid and cylinder deactivation tech, the official average of 20.5mpg (for cars with the smaller 22in alloy wheels) is nothing to write home about.

Audi finished in a slightly disappointing 20th place out of 31 car manufacturers in the latest What Car? Reliability survey. Mind you, its rivals performed even worse: BMW was 21st, Porsche 23rd and Alfa Romeo 25th.

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Overview

The Audi RS Q8 is an outrageously fast sports SUV that corners with composure, mostly rides well and betters its rivals for practicality. Just bear in mind that the Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupé is a bit more fun.

  • Ballistic performance
  • Handles like a much smaller car
  • Great interior quality
  • Heavy fuel consumption
  • Distracting infotainment system
  • Gearbox can be sluggish
New car deals
Target Price from £110,665
or from £1,231pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Used car deals
From £97,500
Leasing deals
From £1,377pm