- Audi Q8 revealed
- Is the brand’s range-topping SUV
- Comes with mild-hybrid engines as standard
- On sale in 2019
Audi has pulled the wraps off the new Q8 – a huge high-riding SUV with a sporty coupe-styled body and a range of powerful engines. This new range-topping model will cost from around £60,000 when it goes on sale in 2019.
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2019 Audi Q8 styling
It won’t be difficult to find the Q8 in a crowded car park. Every part of this huge sporty SUV – from the vast grille to the huge alloy wheels and angular headlights – is designed to help it stand out. At the front, a thick grey band surrounds the signature Audi grille, while plenty of gaping air intakes in the bumper and a contrasting skid plate help you tell it apart from the (relatively) understated Q7.
From the side, the Q8 looks more svelte than the Q7, thanks to a more steeply sloping roofline and some strong creases above the wheels that are reminiscent of Audi’s high-performance RS models. Sure, it doesn’t look quite as slinky as a Range Rover Velar, but it’s nowhere near as bulbous as the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe.
At the rear, the Q8 gets a full-width brake light – just like the A8 saloon – and a set of large exhaust tips either side of a contrasting diffuser. Chances are, however, that these are just plastic trims and the real pipes are hidden behind the rear bumper.
2019 Audi Q8 interior
The Q8’s interior looks almost identical to the A8’s. As a result, you get two huge touch screens on the dashboard and centre console, and a third high-res display in place of conventional analogue dials.
You get sportier flat-bottomed steering wheel than in the A8 however, but the full-width air vents, glossy black plastics and customisable mood lighting have been carried over unchanged.
Head and legroom in the back are more than generous enough for tall adults to stretch out, but, unlike the Q7, you can’t get the Q8 with a third row of seats in the back. It does, however, come with a roomy boot that’s easily big enough to carry a few sets of golf clubs with the back seats up, and a few bikes with them folded down.
2019 Audi Q8 engines and driving
Under the Q8’s sporty bodywork there’ll be a range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which benefit from a mild-hybrid system to boost performance and reduce fuel consumption. Entry level cars will come with a choice of 3.0-litre petrol and diesel V6 engines, while a plug-in hybrid e-tron model is also expected to go on sale using a 3.0-litre diesel V6 paired with an electric motor to deliver electric-only range of around 35 miles.
If it’s something faster you’re after, there’s an SQ8 model on the horizon that’ll use the same 4.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine as the SQ7 to sprint from 0-62mph in less than five seconds. Rumours suggest Audi could develop a wallet-bruising RSQ8 version using the Lamborghini Urus’ 4.0-litre turbo petrol engine, too.
Whichever model you choose, the Q8 will feel sportier to drive than the Q7 thanks to lowered, stiffer suspension that’ll help stop its huge body leaning in tight corners. Unfortunately, you have to pay extra for adaptive air suspension, but this helps iron out bumps even more smoothly and can even raise and lower the Q8’s body by up to 90mm to cope with rough road surfaces.
Plenty of active driver assistance systems will make sure the Q8 is as relaxing to drive on the motorway as it is spritely on a twisty road. A combination of active cruise control and lane-keeping assist – combined with data from the standard satellite navigation system – will accelerate, steer and even brake for upcoming turns for you on dual- and well-marked single-carriageway roads.
2018 Audi Q8 price and release date
Audi hasn’t confirmed how much the new Q8 will cost, but you can expect to hand over from £60,000 for an entry-level model when it goes on sale in 2019. Rapid SQ8 versions could set you back close to £85,000, however, and adding plenty of desirable optional extras will push the price up even further.