2019 Audi Q8 55 TFSI Review | carsales

2019 Audi Q8 55 TFSI Review | carsales


The Audi Q8 luxury SUV is big, bold, and bristling
with technology that is tailor-made for the urban jungle. Even though it’s got four doors, not two,
it’s touted as an SUV coupe. And I reckon it looks pretty schmick. As the brand’s first ever coupe-like SUV,
this heavy-set machine features a bold new look octagonal front grill, bookended by slim,
stylised headlights. The Q8’s flanks feature pumped wheel arches. And at the back of the car is a futuristic
full-width rear LED brake light bar. Just look at that. It’s LED sculpture. There’s no denying this is a striking design. And although the car is slightly shorter than
the Q7, with which it shares its platform, it’s significantly wider. This translates to more space for occupants. And I got to say, Audi has done a top job
with the interior design. The cabin is dominated by a trio of LCD screens,
starting with the obligatory virtual cockpit. Crisp, clear, and intuitive. But it’s the centre console that really
attracts the eye. The screens are so sharp; better than a top-spec
iPad. And the way they are integrated into the dashboard
is a work of art. The screens feature haptic and acoustic feedback,
too. So, every time you successfully hit a button
or toggle a new menu, you get a little pulse from the screen. It’s very cool. Chuck in a Nordic-themed gear shifter, concealed
wireless phone charging, and supple leather seats, and the cabin blends aesthetic splendour
with minimalist design. But I got to say, the lack of massaging seats
is an insult. You got to pay an extra $1,000 for that. Power-assisted door closure: $1,500. Electric steering column adjust: $900. I mean, this is a $130,000 flagship luxury
SUV. Everything should be included, in my opinion. Backseat room is pretty good, and there are
some nice comfort features here. The boot isn’t as big as the Q7’s, but
it’s still pretty useable, and you can fold down the rear seats to open up more room. There’s a lot to like about the way this
car drives. The steering, it’s direct. The V6 engine is refined but really potent. And best of all, it’s got all-wheel drive
to give you that confidence when it’s raining outside. Although the adaptive coil spring suspension
is not the most compliant in its class, erring more on the sporty side of things, the car
does a pretty good job of cushioning occupants from most bumps and lumps in the road. There are loads of effective autonomous driving
aids, and the car even has a 48V mild-hybrid electrical system. This will switch off the engine when coasting
to save fuel, but even with this function, she is a thirsty mistress. This big, heavy, handsome machine is one of
the best-looking SUVs inside and out. The Q8 is a delight to drive and easy to operate. It’s a high-tech luxury cocoon that effortlessly
blocks out the madness of modern motoring. Okay, so it might be exceedingly expensive
and it’s missing some key options, but overall, I really enjoyed driving this car.