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Audi Q8 Review Rundown

AudiPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 16 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Audi Q8, SQ8, RS Q8 Crossover SUV
Neoscore* 67%
  • Powerful engine
  • Impressive dynamic adaptability
  • Superb range of driver-assistance systems
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

Audi Q8 is a large and luxurious SUV crossover. It aims to seduce drivers who might otherwise consider other 'sporty' lifestyle SUVs for sale, such as the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe. Inside, there's a significant upgrade over the Q7 with an interior that looks much like the latest Audi A8 limousine.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from Autocar have found the following[***]:
SQ7 and SQ8 performance SUVs have switched from diesel to petrol. For the SQ8, that means swapping a 429bhp 4.0-litre hybridised turbodiesel V8. The top of the line Vorsprung version gives you height-adjustable adaptively damped air suspension, mechanically torque-vectored four-wheel drive, four- wheel steering and active anti-roll bars.
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Pros[**]
  • Super-capable petrol engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Superb handling
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from Autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The big Audi is a sister model to the Q7 off-roader, and shares its underpinnings. The sleek body is lower, wider and shorter than its more practical stablemate. There's a diesel mild-hybrid and petrol engine available at present, but more engines are to come. All Q8s feature quattro four-wheel drive, along with an eight-speed auto gearbox.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous, luxurious interior
  • Lots of standard equipment
  • Fantastic infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Q8 is a new flagship for the German brand, positioned above the Q7. Thanks to its more rakish design and completely new interior, it feels significantly different, too. It also means Audi now fields a true rival for the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe, two cars that have come to define the coupe SUV niche.
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Pros[**]
  • Rakish styling
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Good road manners
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 55%
Reviewers from Autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The new Audi SQ8 TFSI moves away from diesel refinement and frugality, which strengthens its principles as a performance SUV. It's slightly better to drive than the SQ7, but perhaps more importantly it risks making the RS Q8 redundant. It serves up similar straight-line performance as well as greater levels of comfort at a much cheaper price.
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Pros[**]
  • Better to drive than the SQ7
  • Comfortable to drive
  • More standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Pricier than the Q8
  • Not as comfortable as the Q7

autoexpress[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 57%
Reviewers from Autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The £111,400 super-SUV is as quick as a Porsche 911 and as heavy as a Rolls-Royce Phantom. Everything about the RS Q8 is supersized, from its enormous 23-inch alloy wheels to its 591bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 powerplant. The response from the engine is explosive, while the big SUV's quattro set-up ensures all of that performance is efficiently put down on to the tarmac.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful twin-turbo V8 engine
  • Impressive handling
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

carmagazine[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 60%
Reviewers from Carmagazine have found the following[***]:
The new 2019 Audi SQ8 arrives with the second-generation 4.0-litre V8 TDI. It produces an unchanged 435bhp and a plait-braiding 664lb ft (a fulsome 900Nm!) To eliminate shortcomings like gnawing turbo lag and delayed throttle action, Audi has installed an electric booster fed by a 48-volt system.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Impressive ride and handling
  • Superb infotainment tech
Cons[**]
  • Lack of turbo lag
  • Unimpressive fuel economy

carwow[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from Carwow have found the following[***]:
The Audi Q8 is one of the most imposing SUVs on sale. Its huge octagonal grille, piercing two-piece headlights and vast 21-inch alloy wheels make it look more like a naval warship than a Q7. Things feel just as titanic when you step inside. The roof is a little lower than in the Q7, but you won't struggle for headroom unless you're the sort of person who can replace lightbulbs without using a ladder.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous styling
  • Superb infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

carwow[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Carwow have found the following[***]:
If you want the most expensive car Audi's RS division makes, you should check out the RS Q8. Yes, it's a massive, practical, comfortable SUV, but it's also ridiculously fast and good fun to drive. It's a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 that's shared with the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga. In the Audi, it produces 600hp and a whopping 800Nm of torque.
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Pros[**]
  • Super-fast to drive
  • Comfy air suspension
  • Comfortable ride
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

carwow[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 60%
Reviewers from Carwow have found the following[***]:
The Audi SQ8's cabin looks and feels uber posh. With launch control engaged, this near-2.4-tonne SUV will crack the 0-60mph sprint in less than 4.8 seconds. 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.
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Pros[**]
  • Superb all-wheel drive
  • Superb infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

cnet[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 60%
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
The Q8 hides its downward sloping roof well enough to the point that it only bears a passing resemblance to similar vehicles like the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe. Audi's two dashboard screens blend seamlessly into a large swath of glass that runs the width of the dash. The front seat isn't just spacious, it offers a good amount of visibility in all directions.
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Pros[**]
  • Best-in-class infotainment system on the market
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Comfortable ride
Cons[**]
  • MMI Touch Response isn't as active as similar systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz

cnet[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 62%
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
The 2020 Audi SQ8 makes a compelling case in the large luxury SUV segment. The 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 puts out 500 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. The S-specific adaptive air suspension irons out nearly every kink in the road.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful twin-turbo V6
  • S-specific adaptive air suspension
  • Comfortable ride
Cons[**]
  • Not the most fun to drive

cnet[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
The Audi RS Q8 holds the production SUV lap record of 7 minutes, 42.2 seconds around Germany's Nürburgring. Its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 shoves out 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Build quality in this Audi is first-rate with lots of high-end materials.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful twin-turbo V8
  • Comfortable ride
  • Superb infotainment tech
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

digitaltrends[13]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Q8 slots above the Q7 in Audi's lineup, aiming for a more exclusive feel. It offers more standard equipment, a heavily stylized exterior, and a greater emphasis on performance. The Q8 is Audi's de facto rival to the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE coupe.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful twin-turbo V6
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

digitaltrends[14]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The 2020 Audi RS Q8 is a sportier evolution of the Q8 that's positioned at the top of Audi Sport's SUV range. The mild hybrid system is surprisingly compact, so the parts that make it up don't challenge the occupants or their luggage for space in the cabin. MMI Touch Response's main interface is smartphone-like in the sense that the home menu consists of clearly labeled icons logically arranged in rows.
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Pros[**]
  • Frugal V8 powertrain
  • Quiet and easy to drive
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Audi SQ8 TFSI Vorsprung 2021 UK review. Autocar. 2021-07-02. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  2. 2. ^ Audi Q8 review. Autoexpress. 2020-05-27. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ New Audi Q8 2018 review . Autoexpress. 2018-08-22. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ New Audi SQ8 2020 review. Autoexpress. 2020-09-15. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. 5. ^ New Audi RS Q8 2020 review. Autoexpress. 2020-03-18. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. 6. ^ Audi SQ8 review: a torque monster blunted by diesel demons. Carmagazine. 2019-07-02. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  7. 7. ^ Audi Q8 Review. Carwow. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  8. 8. ^ Audi RS Q8 Review. Carwow. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  9. 9. ^ Audi SQ8 Review. Carwow. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  10. 10. ^ 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof. Cnet. 2019-03-18. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  11. 11. ^ 2020 Audi SQ8 review: Leather-lined linebacker. Cnet. 2020-09-23. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  12. 12. ^ 2021 Audi RS Q8 review: Supercar fun for the whole family. Cnet. 2021-04-23. Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  13. 13. ^ 2019 Audi Q8 review. Digitaltrends. 2019-02-04. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  14. 14. ^ 2020 Audi RS Q8 first drive review: Do-it-all SUV was a decade in the making. Digitaltrends. 2019-12-16. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  15. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  16. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  17. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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