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Audi Q8 Review Rundown

AudiPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • Impressive range of engines
  • Comfortable ride
Cons**
  • 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[*] 65%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The Q8 has the capacity to be almost as smooth, comfortable and easy-going as its Q7 sibling. In Dynamic mode, the car’s steering takes on plenty of weight, its suspension firms up to a taut but not bothersome level. The car changes direction keenly, and although it doesn’t swivel underneath you like the Cayenne can, it has the abundant lateral grip and mid-corner stability you expect of a fast Audi.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent cabin materials
Cons[**]
  • No panoramic sunroof
  • Lack of practicality

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 59%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The Q8 is based on the same MLB Evo architecture that underpins the Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg and, of course, the Audi Q7. The 282bhp 3.0-litre diesel V6, designated 50 TDI, remains the only engine presently available to order with this £65,040 Audi. At least until the 335bhp petrol V6 will arrive early next year.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable ride
Cons[**]
  • Lacklustre ride quality
  • Not as sporty as the Q7

autocar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 52%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The Q8 60 TFSIe Quattro Competition is a plug-in hybrid version of Audi’s flagship SUV. Instead of buying a conventional V6 petrol engine, you’re committing (for more money) to a powertrain whose main virtue is a 22-to-27-mile electric-only range. This is the seventh modern Audi PHEV to be offered in the UK.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful engine
  • Good range
Cons[**]
  • Lack of practicality
  • Lacklustre steering

autocar[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The RS Q8 has the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol that serves in the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Lamborghini Urus. There’s also a 12kW starter/generator that gives the unit mild-hybrid status, plus cylinder deactivation. Drive is transmitted to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic to four-wheel drive that can channel up to 80% of the torque to the back axle.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Powerful turbocharged engine
Cons[**]
  • Pricier than rivals
  • Not fun to drive

autocar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
592bhp at 6000rpm plus eight quick-shifting gear ratios. Can erupt off the mark – with almost no – to 62mph in just 3.8sec. Can also get to 190mph flat-out (although it's limited in our market to a routine 155mph) Four-wheel drive system directs up 80% of its plentiful torque to the rear wheels.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful twin-turbocharged V8
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Too big for its size
  • No automatic gearbox

autocar[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The SQ8’s air suspension is capable adjusting ride height through 90mm of travel between its lowest and highest settings. That fact, combined with those clever anti-roll bars and the proper, centre-diff based four-wheel drive, ought to make the car pretty capable off road. Those looking for the biggest, loudest, fastest, most exciting bombastic 4x4 for the money should probably apply elsewhere.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous looks
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Not the best off road performance
  • Not the most comfortable to drive

autocar[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
SQ8 makes a slightly detuned but still very hearty 500bhp. It causes the car’s 0-62mph dash to tumble from 4.8- to 4.1sec. It also makes WLTP lab-test fuel economy tumble from 36.2mpg to 22.1-.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful petrol engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lots of tech
Cons[**]
  • Not the most comfortable to drive

autoexpress[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
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 interior
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Decent fuel economy
Cons[**]
  • Only five seats
  • No third row of seats

autoexpress[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 64%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Q8 is a new flagship for the German brand, positioned above the Q7 as a more stylish and desirable choice. The design centres around the crisp-looking new MMI Touch dual-screen infotainment system, again found elsewhere in the upper echelons of Audi's range. There's plenty of room up front for driver and passenger, and even rear occupants aren't penalised too much by the pert back end.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous looks
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Ridiculously brittle ride
  • No third row option

autoexpress[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
's no loss of refinement. However, when on a motorway the Cayenne is a little louder inside than the Q8 due to tyre roar. For all this performance and driver appeal, you might think the Porsche sacrifices ride comfort. While the ride isn't perfect, it's smoother more of the time than both of its rivals here.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment
Cons[**]
  • High kerbweight
  • Not the most fun to drive

autoexpress[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 56%
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[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Sleek, sporty styling
Cons[**]
  • More expensive than its predecessor
  • Alternatives are more fun to drive

autoexpress[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 52%
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
  • Impressive handling
Cons[**]
  • Too big for some
  • Not particularly engaging to drive

autoexpress[13]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The RS Q8 uses many engineering elements plucked from different areas of the VW Group. chassis is based on the MLB evo platform, while the engine is Audi's own version of the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. The chassis features a multi-link layout at each end, with RS-specific adaptive air suspension that changes its characteristics with the drive mode. There's also active roll stabilisation to help keep the big, heavy SUV as flat as possible and therefore more stable through quick corners.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful V8
  • Comfortable ride
  • Decent infotainment tech
Cons[**]
  • Not as practical as the Cayenne Turbo
  • Not very involving

autoexpress[14]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Q8 feels like a higher-quality, more luxurious product. It's roomier inside and has a bigger boot, so is more practical. The powertrain and infotainment are great and it rides nicely. The BMW X6 just fall short in a few key areas that high-end SUVs like these need to nail.
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Pros[**]
  • Superb standard tech
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment tech
Cons[**]
  • Lack of refinement
  • Not as refined as rivals

autoexpress[15]

Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
Porsche Cayenne GTS is the only coupé-SUV that delivers genuine driving fun. It's fast, responsive and goes round corners like a car that's half its size and weight. Back-seat space is good, but the sloping roof means that headroom is compromised. It costs more to buy, especially if you add the recommended rear-steer option.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent on-board tech
Cons[**]
  • Sloping roof
  • No rear-seat option

carmagazine[16]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
The Q8 feels noticeably more agile and positive ­despite its 2.1-tonne kerbweight (almost 100kg heavier than the Q7) The air suspension deals with all but the worst potholes and bumps with aplomb, only occasionally becoming unsettled as the suspension fails to react in time to large ruts in the road. Legroom is far more generous and is akin to what you get in the back of an A8, while four-zone climate control and heated outer rear seats help keep the back satisfied.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Excellent standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Slightly heavier than Q7

carmagazine[17]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
The Q8 on steroids comes with carbon ceramic brakes, quattro sport differential and a deregulated top speed of 190mph, up from 155mph. With Drive Select in Dynamic, overtaking distances shrink to half a dozen car lengths and are more often than not completed in second or third gear. More than anything, this car loves quick esses and multi-lane roundabouts built halfway up a mild slope.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful turbocharged V8
  • Quattro sport differential
  • Impressive handling
Cons[**]
  • Rear torque bias
  • No ABS

carmagazine[18]

Sentiment Score[*] 44%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
Priced at €102,600 before options and from around £82,000 in the UK. High-tech diesel engine beams the battleship SQ8 from 0-62mph in just 4.8sec. Rear-wheel steering reduces the turning circle from 13.3 to 12.3 metres. Ride comfort varies from low-speed knotty to pleasantly composed.
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Pros[**]
  • High-tech diesel engine
  • Impressive ride quality
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Lacklustre handling
  • High-end brakes

carwow[19]

Sentiment Score[*] 89%
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[**]
  • Superb looks
  • Superb infotainment system
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Expensive for what you get
  • Alternatives are more fun to drive

carwow[20]

Sentiment Score[*] 89%
Reviewers from carwow have found the following[***]:
The Audi RS Q8 is the most expensive car Audi's RS division makes. It's a massive, practical, comfortable SUV, but it's also ridiculously fast and good fun to drive. It has a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 that's shared with the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga. It'll sprint from 0-62mph in around 3.8 seconds, which is quicker than a Porsche 911 Carrera.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Superb infotainment
Cons[**]
  • Not as fast as rivals

carwow[21]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
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[**]
  • Spacious cabin
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Superb infotainment
Cons[**]
  • Not as practical as the Q7
  • No third row of seats
  • Not as comfortable as the SQ7

cnet[22]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
Right now, the Q8 only has one engine on offer, although a hotter SQ8 is likely on the way. The EPA's numbers of 17 miles per gallon city and 22 highway aren't great, but I am able to reach those numbers. Not only is it rewarding to drive, it looks like you're driving the future.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful V6
  • Stylish looks
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Lacklustre fuel economy
  • Lacks optional four-wheel drive

cnet[23]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The 2020 Audi SQ8 is an expensive proposition, starting at $89,995 including destination. Audi's MMI Touch Response system is good -- so good, in fact, that when it debuted it won our Roadshow Shift Award for Cabin Tech of the Year. The adaptive cruise control is mighty smooth, with no major braking or acceleration events causing unwanted head bobs.
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Pros[**]
  • Smooth acceleration
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Comfortable ride
Cons[**]
  • Lackluster fuel economy

cnet[24]

Sentiment Score[*] 90%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The 2021 Audi RS Q8 starts at $115,595, including $1,095 for destination. Cargo room also isn't too shabby with a healthy 30.5 cubic feet on offer that grows to 60.7 cubic feet with the back seats folded. The MMI Touch Response system is simply stellar.
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Pros[**]
  • Top-notch performance
  • Superb infotainment system
  • Excellent standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Lack of standard tech

digitaltrends[25]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Q8 has a combination of power and refinement that makes it easy to reach extralegal speeds. It handles corners better than an SUV without a Porsche badge has any right to. The only blemishes are a ride that's a bit on the choppy side (even in comfort mode), and a too-quiet exhaust.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Excellent off-road capability
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • No third-row seats
  • A bit choppy in comfort mode

digitaltrends[26]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Horsepower and torque help offset weight, so the RS Q8 has a lot of both. The eight-cylinder doesn't stop accelerating until the speedometer indicates 189 mph. The standard four-wheel steering system turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the front wheels.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful V8
  • Comfortable ride
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • No adaptive air suspension
  • Awkward steering

topgear[27]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from topgear have found the following[***]:
The Q8 disguises its size brilliantly, and has a decent stretch of dynamic change from the seven different – selectable –modes. ‘Comfort’ really is leggier and softer, ‘Dynamic’ noticeably firmer and more responsive with a 40mm drop. There's also an off-road mode, which raises the suspension 50mm from the Comfort/Standard position in case you need to potter down atrack. 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.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent all-wheel drive
  • Lots of tech
Cons[**]
  • Not the most practical
  • Not the best for dog owners

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3. ^ Audi Q8 60 TFSIe 2021 UK review. autocar. 2021-09-28 Retrieved 2021-10-03.
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*. 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.
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