Audi SQ8 Review
The Audi SQ8 is the biggest, brashest SUV the German brand builds. It comes with a 435hp V8 diesel engine, but petrol-powered alternatives are faster and will sound sportier.
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The Audi SQ8 is a super-posh, high-performance diesel-powered alternative to the likes of the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography and Porsche Cayenne Coupe.
Like these cars, the Audi SQ8 looks seriously imposing thanks to its huge grille, tall body, aggressive headlights and vast alloy wheels. Large chrome exhaust tips, plenty of SQ8 badges and optional red brake callipers make sure that you won’t mistake this range-topping car for a run-of-the-mill Q8.
Inside, the changes are a little more difficult to spot. You get a similarly sleek cabin, a triple-screen infotainment system, supportive leather seats and loads of posh materials. In terms of practicality, the SQ8’s cabin is pretty much identical to that in the standard Q8, so there’ll be ample space for four adults and loads of luggage in the boot.
If you’re after a whopping-great SUV masquerading as a comfortable GT car, the Audi SQ8 could be the car for you.
The Audi’s diesel engine might not sound quite as exciting as the petrol units you can get in the Porsche and Range Rover, but it’ll use far less fuel on long cross-country drives and still has enough poke to rocket the SQ8 from 0-60mph in less than 4.8 seconds.
You can also get the Audi SQ8 with clever adaptive roll bars to keep its tall body in check in tight corners. Rear-wheel steering is another optional extra you might want to consider; especially if you’ll be spending a lot of time driving in town.