2020 Audi SQ8 TDI Review – First Drive | carsales

2020 Audi SQ8 TDI Review – First Drive | carsales


Audi has a new performance SUV flagship and
it has a serous amount of horsepower. Not that horsepower, I mean, the car sort. Here it is, the Audi SQ8. Now this car’s a bit unusual because while
other people are going for, well, turbo charged V8s, the SQ8 runs a diesel. Now that’s bad news for Europe, but great
for Australia. Now the SQ8 makes use of the exactly the same
four litre triple charge V8 diesel as the SQ7, and under the bonnet it produces 320
kilowatts, and look at this, 900 newton metres of torque, that’s more than a McLaren P1. This thing is effortless. Like the SQ7, it uses an electric compressor
at very low engine speeds to ensure there’s absolutely zero lag before the two other turbos
spool up and join the party. Now the biggest challenge facing engineers
when they’re developing the SQ8 has been, well, dealing with the huge mass that’s
involve with this car, I mean, this is nudging around 2.5 tonnes. So what Audi engineers have done is there’ve
stiffened up the suspension, and like the SQ7 they’ve tuned the four wheel steer to
hide its huge weight through some of these corners, and overall they’ve done an impressive
job. Refinement is another strong point for the
SQ8. This thing is silent at 100 kilometres per hour Now Audi offers a long list of options with
the SQ8, and one of those is the four wheel steer, on these tight twisting roads it really
makes a difference. Also, in the city it’s said to reduce the
turning circle by over a metre, and it just makes parking a lot less of a headache. So what don’t we like? Well, some of the modes like dynamic you just
avoid. It adds really weird artificial weighting
to the steering, that’s just unwanted. This car is supposed to be a five seater,
but that middle seat at the back there, that doesn’t really count, it’s not good enough,
it’s too firm. Now before I drove the SQ8 today I thought
its closets rivals would be cars like the BMW X6 or the Mercedes GLE, and of course
they are. But the more I drive it, the more I keep thinking,
would I have this car, the SQ8, over an SQ7? The SQ7 is a very tempting proposition, for
around $150,000 AUD it offers an extra two seats over this
car, a whole lot more space and has the same engine under the bonnet. I think I’d rather have the bigger car.