Audi SQ8 Review & Prices

The Audi SQ8 is a powerful, premium SUV with a wonderful V8 engine and loads of high-tech kit. Sadly, lots of said kit is reserved for top-spec Vorsprung cars

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Is the Audi SQ8 a good car?

If the Audi SQ7 is a Q7 that’s been spending a couple of hours a day working out, then the SQ8 is its equally athletic sibling who’s forked out for some fancier designer gym wear.

Its massive grille, for example, is wider than the SQ7’s and gives the SQ8 a real basking-shark vibe while its slinkier roofline and full-width brake-light bar mean you won’t mistake it for a run-of-the-mill family SUV – even at night.

Unfortunately, while many of the SQ8’s gaping air intakes serve a practical purpose, only two of its four massive chrome exhaust pipes are actually connected to the engine – shame on you Audi.

Thankfully, there’s no such disappointment inside, where the Audi SQ8’s cabin looks and feels uber posh. Sadly, though, besides a set of more supportive sports seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel, it doesn’t look dramatically different to what you get in the standard Q8 S Line.

It’s the same story with the Audi SQ8’s trio of infotainment screens. The two central displays look pretty sharp and the haptic feedback function helps make them a little easier to use on the move than traditional touchscreens. But, the various menus and frustrating on-screen heating controls are nowhere near as intuitive as the physical buttons you get in a BMW.

The brilliant Virtual Cockpit digital driver’s display helps the Audi SQ8 claw back some points, however. As does the fact it comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

Its roomy cabin with enough space for four very tall adults to get comfy sticks another big feather in the SQ8’s cap. Sure, it isn’t as practical as the SQ7 and you can’t get it with a third row of seats in the back, but slide the rear seats forward – or fold them away completely – and you’ll be able to carry more luggage than in a BMW X6 or Range Rover Sport.

In many ways, the standard Audi Q8 makes more sense than the much more expensive SQ8, but if you simply have to have one of the fastest five-seater SUVs on sale, it’s an excellent choice

The Audi SQ8 is faster than these cars, too. The high-performance diesel engine has been dropped in favour of a 4.0-litre petrol V8, which makes a healthy 507hp. Power goes to all four wheels, contributing to the 4.1-second 0-62mph time that's mighty impressive for a big SUV.

Combine this outrageous performance with a smooth automatic gearbox and adaptive air suspension, and you’ve got yourself a very relaxing, yet very fast, cross-continental cruiser. That standard-fit Quattro all-wheel drive means the SQ8 won’t be left floundering should you decide to take it across a few muddy fields (or more likely, wet roundabouts), too.

If you’re more interested in how the SQ8 handles a few hairpins than whether it’ll keep up with a Land Rover Discovery off-road, then you’ll want to pick a top-spec Vorsprung model. These get a limited-slip rear differential for greater corner-exiting traction and active anti-roll stabilisation to help them corner flatter than the proverbial pancake.

These high-spec models also come with four-wheel steering to make the SQ8 impressively manoeuvrable in town and more stable at high speeds. It’s a shame that you have to pay extra for some other desirable driver-assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, though – especially when you consider that you don't get a huge chunk of change from £100,000 (with top-spec models starting at almost £115,000).

As a result, if you’re looking for a stylish SUV that’s comfortable and reasonably fast, the standard Audi Q8 does a fine job indeed. If, however, you're looking for a mega-fast SUV (without going for the all-out RS Q8) that's also practical enough for family duties, check out Carwow's Audi SQ8 deals to see how much you could save. You can also browse used SQ8s as well as other used Audis from our network of trusted dealers. You can also sell your current car through Carwow, too.

How much is the Audi SQ8?

The Audi SQ8 has a RRP range of £97,385 to £117,110. However, with Carwow you can save on average £10,166. Prices start at £88,702 if paying cash. Monthly payments start at £1,274. The price of a used Audi SQ8 on Carwow starts at £59,990.

Our most popular versions of the Audi SQ8 are:

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SQ8 TFSI Quattro Black Edition 5dr Tiptronic £88,702 Compare offers
SQ8 TFSI Quattro Black Ed 5dr Tiptronic [Tech Pro] £90,767 Compare offers
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