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The Top Gear car review:Audi Q8
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
You were probably expecting this, but the Q8’s interior is lovely. OK, so the quilted grey leather in our test car is a bit like driving around in a posh pensioner’s house shoe, but the triple-wide-screened, high-def, slick-graphic’d dash stuff is worth showing off about.
It’s clever and useful and there’s been a lot of thought put into it, even down to the clicky haptic feedback on the touchscreens. It’s a little intimidating at first, but you soon get used to divvying up the functions and relegating the stuff that you don’t use as much.
The seats are excellent front and rear, there’s acres of space in the back and a decent boot, ultimate volume slimmed slightly by the beetle back (i.e. not hugely brilliant for dog owners). The rear seats split, too, so there’s every possibility that you can actually make use of the space to do practical things. Yes, a blocky Q7 is bigger (and has seven seats), but you don’t buy a Q8 for that – it’s just more practical and useful than you might think on first appraisal.