AUDI

AUDI Q8 DIESEL ESTATE 50 TDI Quattro S Line 5dr Tiptronic

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.3s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined41.5 mpg

The Audi Q8 is one of those large coupe-style SUVs, part of a genre pioneered by BMW a decade ago with their X6 and subsequently copied by Mercedes. Audi's considered solution for fashion-orientated folk browsing in this segment is Q7-based and very Vorsprung durch technic.

A TRIP TO Q8

Audi's competes strongly in the trendy coupe part of the large SUV sector with this Q8. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Ten Second Review

The Audi Q8 is one of those large coupe-style SUVs, part of a genre pioneered by BMW a decade ago with their X6 and subsequently copied by Mercedes. Audi's considered solution for fashion-orientated folk browsing in this segment is Q7-based and very Vorsprung durch technic.

Background

The Volkswagen Group's MLB Evo platform has certainly spawned lots of luxury SUVs. First, we had the Audi Q7, then the Bentley Bentayga, the Porsche Cayenne, the Volkswagen Touareg, the Lamborghini Urus and here, we've come back full circle to a derivative of the Q7, this swoopier Q8. You can see why Audi wants a slice of the large sector SUV-coupe market. BMW has, after all, shifted over half a million X6s since that car pioneered the genre a decade ago. This one rolls off the same Slovakian Bratislava line as the Q7, the Cayenne and the Touareg and shares the same wheelbase and cabin width as its large Audi stablemate. The driveway demeanour though, is very different here, the emphasis on fashion, rather than family. It's pointless asking whether we really need this kind of car. People want them. Audi's made one. Is it any good? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

The Q8's primary engine is the '50 TDI' 3.0-litre diesel unit we're familiar with from the A7 Sportback and the A8. A 3.0 TFSI petrol-engined variant with 340PS (the Q8 '55 TFSI') is also available. There are two Plug-in hybrid variants, the 55 TFSIe (with 381PS) and the 60 TFSIe Competition (with 462PS), with the potential for an all-electric driving range of up to 28 miles. And Audi also offers two conventionally-engined 4.0-litre petrol sporting models, the 507PS SQ8. And the 600PS V8 petrol RS Q8. We'll focus on the '50 TDI' 286PS derivative because many customers will. This puts out a hefty 600Nm of pulling power and accelerates this large SUV from 0 to 62mph in 6.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 144mph. Your transmission will be an 8-speed Tiptronic auto. And of course there's standard quattro 4WD, which divides torque front-to-rear in a 40:60-split. When required, it transfers the majority of power to the axle with the better traction. Adaptive air suspension with controlled damping is a standard feature, with a sport set-up. This further improvers the supple ride you can expect from the aluminium five-link front and rear suspension. It can be adjusted to four modes with the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, varying the ride height of the body by up to 90mm. Q8 buyers also get standard 'progressive steering' which becomes increasingly direct as the steering angle increases.

Design and Build

Audi's understandably keen to point out the differences between this Q8 and the more conservative, family-oriented Q7 model it's mechanically based upon. Its coupe-style roof line makes it appear much lower than that sister model and it's 66mm shorter and 27mm wider. Plus there's a more distinctive front end, a shorter rear overhang and a mighty set of 21-inch wheels. Thanks to the frameless doors, the coupe-type roof line stretches low across the vehicle body visually, ending in a long roof spoiler. The roof line arches slightly towards the flat sloping, strong D-pillars, which are supported by wide, muscular contours. Inside, the cabin delivers the latest touch-sensitive piano black-trimmed interior we've lately seen in the brand's rejuvenated A7 and A8 models. With the dashboard's black-panel look, the main controls almost dissolve into the fascia's large, black surface when switched off. Of course, this coupe-style model doesn't provide the Q7's third row of seating, but Audi insists that there's ample room for five people, pointing out that the interior space exceeds that of the direct competitors in almost all relevant dimensions. The luggage compartment holds 605-litres, which increases to 1,755-litres with the rear backrests folded down. Two golf bags can easily fit in diagonally.

Market and Model

Pricing starts at around £69,000 for either the 50 TDI 3.0-litre diesel variant or the 55 TFSI petrol model. That's very competitive with this model's two main rivals, the BMW X6 and the Mercedes GLE Coupe. You're looking at prices starting around £73,000 for the 55 TFSIe plug-in variant. Pricing starts at around £82,000 for the SQ8 and around £102,500 for the RS Q8. Standard equipment across the Q8 range is, as you'd imagine, is very comprehensive. Like all top Audis, this one gets the brand's 'MMI navigation plus' infotainment system, which uses the latest LTE Advanced standard for data transfer. The navigation system offers intelligent destination suggestions based on previous journeys. Luxury is of the highest order but many owners will want to embellish the standard kit list with niceties like the optional 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. As is usual nowadays, there's autonomous driving tech too, most of it included in the optional 'Tour assist' package which gives you adaptive cruise assist (a feature that provides longitudinal and lateral control in all speed ranges) and 'efficiency assist' (which uses sat nav data to automatically adjust your Q8's speed to the current speed limit and automatically reduces your speed before corners, during turning and on roundabouts to lower fuel consumption. Plus there's 'Emergency assist' which takes control of the car if you're taken ill and safely stops it automatically.

Cost of Ownership

The Q8's primary 50 TDI 3.0-litre diesel engine uses mild hybrid technology, integrating a lithium-ion battery and a belt alternator starter into a 48-volt primary electrical system for greater efficiency. The rechargeable battery is located underneath the luggage compartment floor and stores 10 Ah of electrical capacity. That allows this Audi to coast between 34 and 99mph with the engine switched off; when you brush the throttle, the belt alternator starter restarts the engine quickly and during deceleration can recover up to 12kW of energy. The start-stop range starts as low as 13mph. Let's get to the WLTP figures. For the 50 TDI variant, the combined fuel figure is 33.2mpg and the CO2 reading is 222g/km. The alternative 55 TFSI petrol variant manages up to 26.4mpg (combined) and up to 243g/km of CO2. The 55 TFSIe Plug-in hybrid variant manages up to 100.9mpg and up to 65g/km. The SQ8 manages up to 22.4mpg and 287g/km of CO2. What else? Well bear in mind that all versions of this car will be subject to the government's tax levy for models costing over £40,000. That stands at £450 a year for the first five years of ownership. And of course, as with all modern diesel cars, the TDI versions of this one use an AdBlue fuel additive, stored in a separate rear tank that'll need to be topped up as part of regular servicing. Talking of maintenance, servicing your Q8 should be no more taxing than is the case with one of the company's smaller cars. As usual with Audi models, there's a choice of either a 'Fixed' or a 'Flexible' servicing regime, the choice between the two depending on the extent of your likely annual mileage.

Summary

You can see why Audi felt it had to build this car, though it's a little hard to understand why it took the brand so long to bring it to market. We had half-hoped that this delay might have enabled Ingolstadt to bring something radically new to the fashionable formula undergirded this sort of car. That hasn't happened here, but even so, the Q8 does manage to bring buyers seduced by this class-conscious category something a bit different. Turn up to a business meeting in an X6 or a Mercedes GLE Coupe and some might dismiss you as a showy extrovert. Arrive in a Q8 and the impact would be a touch more subtle. For some, that will be important, particularly as this Audi is - in its own way - just as stylish and avant garde as its two main Teutonic arch-rivals. If you want one of these, then probably nothing else will do. Which is exactly as it should be when it comes to this class of car.

  • Electric front+rear windows
  • Rear wiper
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Acoustic windscreen
  • Heat insulating glass

  • Hill hold assist
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability control
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Hill descent control
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Electronic Differential Lock + Anti-slip regulation
  • Electromechanical parking brake

  • Adaptive air suspension

  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Audi phone box with wireless charging
  • Voice control system
  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)

  • Rear view camera
  • Audi lane departure warning
  • Audi drive select
  • Electro-mechanical Power Assisted Steering

  • Automatic start/stop system
  • Operating buttons in black, glass look with haptic feedback
  • Power operated tailgate

  • MMI navigation plus with MMI touch
  • Virtual cockpit
  • 10.1" and 8.6" Dual colour touchscreens
  • MMI - Multi Media Interface control system
  • Service interval indicator
  • Low washer fluid indicator
  • On board computer

  • Electric/heated/folding door mirrors with memory
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror

  • Diesel particulate filter

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Audi music interface
  • Aux-in socket
  • 2 USB ports

  • Door sill trims with S line logo
  • S Line body styling
  • S line badges on front wings
  • S line front and rear bumpers, air inlets and door trim strips

  • LED signature DRL
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • HD Matrix LED headlights with dynamic front and rear indicators

  • Black cloth headlining
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Tool kit
  • Luggage compartment sill protection in stainless steel
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment and angle adjustment

  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Seatbelt warning
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Predictive pedestrian protection
  • Pre sense front

  • 4 way electrically adjustable lumbar support for front passenger seat
  • ISOFIX on front passenger and rear outer seats
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat
  • Top tether anchor plate for isofix child seat
  • 4 way electrically adjustable lumbar support for drivers seat
  • Front head restraints
  • Rear headrests
  • Self-locking centre differential

  • Anti-theft wheel bolts and wheel loosening detection
  • Remote central locking
  • Anti theft alarm
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless Go access/ignition system

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Tyre repair kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 178
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Engine Code: 4MN0L2WQS
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 91.4
  • CC: 2967
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: V6
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 16.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 38.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 43.5
  • EC Combined (mpg): 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 32.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.8

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 9000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Badge Power: 286
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 47E
  • Coin Series: S Line
  • Coin Description: TDI Quattro
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.3
  • Top Speed: 152
  • Engine Power - BHP: 286
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Power - KW: 210
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 443
  • Engine Torque - NM: 600
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 61.2

  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

  • Tyre Size Rear: 285/45 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 21" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: 5 SEGMENT SPOKE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 285/45 R21

  • Wheelbase: 2995
  • Length: 4986
  • Width (including mirrors): 2190
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1705

  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 3500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 660
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2230
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 85
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2890
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 13.3

  • Adaptive windscreen wipers with integrated washer jets: £375

  • Audi exclusive floor mats: £500
  • Front/rear floor mats: Included
  • Reversible boot mat: £115

  • Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors: Included
  • Night view assist: £2,200
  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included
  • Park assist system: £400
  • All wheel steering: £1,950
  • Audi active lane assist: Included

  • Power door closure: £675

  • Head up Display: £1,450

  • Body colour door mirrors: Included
  • Carbon door mirrors: £750

  • Polished oak trim with grey finished: £200
  • Audi exclusive wood inlays: £1,500
  • Matt brushed aluminium inlays: Included

  • Bang + Olufsen advanced sound system: £6,400
  • Digital TV reception: £1,200
  • Audi sound system: Included
  • Audi music interface at rear: £175
  • Bang + Olufsen premium sound system: £1,150

  • Audi exclusive paint: £3,400
  • Audi exclusive personalised door sill trim: £1,650
  • Deletion of engine designation at rear: £0
  • Deletion of model + engine designation at rear: £0
  • Aluminium roof rails: £400
  • Pearlescent paint: £750
  • Metallic paint: £750
  • Electric panoramic glass sunroof: £1,750
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Dual zone climate control: Included
  • Four zone deluxe electronic climate control: £825

  • Valcona leather upholstery + super sports seats with S embossed logo: £2,250
  • 3 spoke flat bottomed high multi-function leather sport steering wheel with gearshift paddles: £375
  • Audi exclusive leather controls: £850
  • 3 spoke heated sports leather multifunction steering wheel: £350
  • Valcona leather upholstery with front sports seats: £1,250
  • Removable net partition: £100
  • Load area fixing kit: £275
  • 3 spoke leather multifunction S Line steering wheel including paddle shift controls: Included
  • Alcantara/nappa leather upholstery: Included
  • Electric adjustable steering column: £425
  • Electric sunblind for the rear side windows and manual sunblind for the rear window: £600

  • Multi coloured LED Interior Light: £275
  • LED ambient lighting: Included

  • City assist pack - Q8: £1,375
  • Tour pack - Q8: £1,950
  • Extended leather pack - Q8: £3,500
  • Air quality pack - Q8: £450
  • Audi exclusive leather and trim pack 1 - Q8: £4,500

  • Metallic - Cobra beige: £750
  • Metallic - Galaxy blue: £750
  • Metallic - Dragon orange: £750
  • Metallic - Navarra blue: £750
  • Metallic - Argus brown: £750
  • Metallic - Floret silver: £750
  • Metallic - Orca black: £750
  • Metallic - Glacier white: £750

  • Pearl - Daytona grey: £750

  • Solid - Pure white: £0
  • Solid - Night Black: £0

  • Rear side airbags: £475

  • Front sports seats: Included
  • Heated front seats: Included
  • Driver seat memory function: Included
  • Heated front and outer rear seats: £400
  • Massage and ventilation function for front seats: £1,600
  • Audi Exclusive seat belts: £1,650
  • Rear seat bench plus: £350
  • Driver and front passenger seat memory function for electrically adjustable front seats: £250

  • Trailer hitch: £1,100

  • Valcona leather - Black with grey stitching + S Super Sports Seats: £2,250
  • Valcona leather - Black with anthracite stitching + S Super Sports Seats: £2,250
  • Valcona leather - Black with grey stitching + front sports seats: £1,250

  • Alcantara/nappa leather - Black with grey stitching: £0
  • Alcantara/nappa leather - Black with anthracite stitching: £0

  • 21" 5 arm star design alloy wheels with contrast grey aluminium finish: £250
  • 22" x 10.0J 5- double arm design alloy wheels with contrast grey aluminium finish: £1,500
  • 21" 5 segment spoke design alloy wheels with aluminium finish: Included
  • 21" 5 V spoke design with contrast grey aluminium alloy wheels: £250

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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