Advertisement
BBC TopGear
BBC TopGear
Subscribe to Top Gear magazine
Sign up to our Top Gear Magazine
Subscribe
Car Review

Audi Q8 review

£65,675 - £102,370
810
Published: 12 Sep 2022
Advertisement

Driving

What is it like to drive?

We’ve spent most time in the 50 TDI and it’s a rapid, comfy cruiser with a surprising ability to go around corners. Even on the 22-inch wheels. 

It’s not an exciting car to drive, but it disguises its size brilliantly (0–62mph in 6.3 seconds is very respectable), and has a decent stretch of dynamic change from the seven different (selectable) modes.

Advertisement - Page continues below

Seven modes?

Yep, deep breath: you get Comfort, Efficiency, Auto, Dynamic, Individual, Off-road and All-road. ‘Comfort’ really is leggier and softer, ‘Dynamic’ noticeably firmer and more responsive with a 40mm suspension drop. This sounds obvious, but it isn’t always the case. The off-road mode raises the suspension 50mm from the Comfort/Standard position in case you need to potter down a track.

Claimed MPG is 33.2mpg – a figure we pretty much matched bang on – and as ever the all-wheel drive is clever and subtle, with torque-vectoring on the rear axle, and a torque split that can shove up to 70 per cent to the front or 85 per cent to the rear, depending on conditions.

Is it fun to drive?

The steering isn’t the last word in communication, but this is a big car that doesn't make you wince trying to thread it down a back lane. It goes where you put it with the minimum of fuss, feels lighter than it is and can three-point turn with the best of them. For which we thank the four-wheel-steering option.

It’s wide – over two metres with the mirrors as mentioned – and has some fairly hefty blind spots, but there’s a suite of systems (though we quickly turned off the over-sensitive collision avoidance assist) to deal with the issues. 

Advertisement - Page continues below

Overall, it’s a ‘doing’ car rather than something you’d choose to take out for the hell of it, but the general feeling is that Audi has got the air-ride nicely sorted in this one: you really can cruise efficiently and well, and it demands very little in the way of concern, even though it’s a big old thing.

Highlights from the range

the fastest

Audi Q8 SQ8 TDI Quattro 5dr Tiptronic [C+S]
  • 0-624.8s
  • CO2
  • BHP435
  • MPG36.2
  • Price£81,845

the cheapest

Audi Q8 50 TDI Quattro S Line 5dr Tiptronic [Leather]
  • 0-626.3s
  • CO2181.0g/km
  • BHP286
  • MPG40.9
  • Price£65,675

the greenest

Audi Q8 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
  • 0-626.3s
  • CO2180.0g/km
  • BHP286
  • MPG41.5
  • Price£85,570

Subscribe to the Top Gear Newsletter

Get all the latest news, reviews and exclusives, direct to your inbox.

By clicking subscribe, you agree to receive news, promotions and offers by email from Top Gear and BBC Studios. Your information will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

BBC TopGear

Try BBC Top Gear Magazine

subscribe