In-depth reviews

Audi Q8 SUV - Interior & comfort

Loaded with technology, the Audi Q8 has a world-class interior design

Carbuyer Rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£66,805 - £105,425

When we tested the Audi Q8 before its UK launch, the only machines available to drive were fitted with a standard air-suspension system. It's impressive: able to soak up road imperfections comfortably, despite the enormous wheels and unyieldingly low-profile tyres fitted across the Q8 range. The default for UK cars, though, is a sports air-suspension system, and we fear it might be less soothing on long journeys than the standard setup. It's possible, though, that the latter could be offered as an option for those who want smoothness rather than sportiness.

Audi Q8 dashboard

Wisely, Audi hasn't given the Q8 an inappropriately sporty interior. Instead, it's a place of relaxing serenity, with a real upmarket air thanks to a very strong flavour of Audi's prestigious A8 executive saloon. It shares that car's central control system, which looks after infotainment and convenience settings through a pair of glossy touchscreens.

The top, 10.1-inch screen is focused on infotainment, while the lower 8.6-inch panel is dedicated heating, ventilation and drive settings. It's through this panel that Audi's handwriting recognition and text input features are handled – its low position puts it within easy reach of your spare hand, although right-handed drivers might struggle with the handwriting recognition feature.

Similarly hi-tech is Audi's Virtual Cockpit instrument panel, which places a full-colour information display in your line of sight in place of conventional dials. The display is fully configurable and can display an array of information, including high-resolution 3D maps.

Equipment

Initially, the Q8 is being offered in a choice of two trim levels. The default is S line – a designation familiar from elsewhere in the Audi range – while the high-end Vorsprung (a German word that means 'taking the lead') acts as flagship.

All the usual niceties – sat nav, climate control, all-round parking sensors, reversing camera and endless other handy features – are standard, along with 21-inch alloy wheels, upholstery in soft Nappa leather and Alcantara suede and full smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Vorsprung heaps in yet more equipment, including a heads-up display, Bang & Olufsen stereo and a panoramic roof, as well as 'super sport' seats and a four-wheel steering system. 

Options

The Q8 Vorsprung comes with a 'Tour Assist Package'. This is a suite of semi-autonomous driving assistance features, including an advanced active cruise control that not only matches the speed of traffic ahead, but can also interpret approaching hazards – such as corners and roundabouts – and adjust the car's speed accordingly.

There are a number of additional features – including a garage parking pilot system that uses a laser scanner to build a 3D image of your garage to identify things like bicycles and lawnmowers, so it can avoid them when the car is parking itself through its smartphone app.

All these features – and doubtless many, many more – will be offered on the Q8 options list, which will be released in due course.

Next Steps

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    55 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr Tiptronic [Leather]
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £66,805

Most Economical

  • Name
    55 TFSI e Quattro S Line 5dr Tiptronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £75,205

Fastest

  • Name
    SQ8 TFSI Quattro 5dr Tiptronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £82,925

Most Popular

UK road tax costs 2021/2022 explained
2021 Road Tax explained
Tips and advice
7 Jan 2022

UK road tax costs 2021/2022 explained

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers
Hyundai Kona deals
Deals
14 Jan 2022

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers

Top 10 best economical 4x4s, SUVs and crossovers 2022
Peugeot 3008 SUV front cornering
Best cars
6 Jan 2022

Top 10 best economical 4x4s, SUVs and crossovers 2022

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
29 Sep 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
1 Dec 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
17 Jan 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
27 Oct 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022