New Audi Q8 vs Range Rover Velar

Audi’s new Q8 luxury SUV trades practicality for more rakish looks. Let’s see if it’s as on trend as the Range Rover Velar...

Audi Q8

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

On a PCP deal with a 10,000-mile-a-year limit and a £6500 deposit, the Velar will cost you £118 a month less than the Q8, partly because the Velar will hold its value better. Factor in smaller insurance, servicing and fuel bills and the Velar will be more than £6000 cheaper to own over three years. Given that the Velar comes with more standard kit, it’s actually relatively good value.

Business users will need deep pockets whichever they choose, though. Both cars will cost you more than £5000 a year in BIK tax, assuming you’re in the 40% bracket, while monthly leasing rates are around the £800 mark.

Range Rover Velar

The Velar achieved a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. Although the Q8 hasn’t yet been tested, the Q7 on which it’s based scored even higher than the Velar for adult and child occupant protection.

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