Juliet Reviews…The Audi Q8

It was last year in April that we saw the new face of the Q family with Audi’s Q8. Back then there was only one model available in the form of the Q8 55 TFSI with its 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine. Now the diesel has arrived in the form of the 45 TDI and it is a stunner!

Look, it is hard to say which is the better between the petrol and the diesel. It can come down to personal preference. My recommendation last year was that if you were too impatient to wait for the diesel then just go for the petrol. Well now you are spoilt for choice because they are both superb. This 45 TDI boasts a 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine under the bonnet producing 183 kW of power and a whopping 600 Nm of torque. It is what one could consider a rather potent engine. A beast, if you will. It is refined and just absolute bliss to drive, especially on the open road.

It has to be one of the best-looking SUV-Coupe’s on the road. Audi went for a more revolutionary design change rather than an evolutionary one with the Q8 and it has certainly paid off. The rear of this vehicle, with what can only be described as a lighting show in those taillights and integrated light strip between the lamps, is spectacular.

Audi does luxury so well. The fit and finish of the interior is almost faultless. There isn’t anything I would change in there. I always complain about touchscreens, preferring a good old-fashioned button instead, but the dual touchscreens, one a 10.1-inch MMI touch screen, the other an 8.6-inch screen that operates the heating and air conditioner, convenience functions and text input, strikes a good balance for me. One has to actually press the screen and it clicks the way a button would. I would probably still opt for a traditional button, but if I have to choose a touchscreen to use, this would be it.

There is ample space in this car. The boot is claimed at a large 605-litres but pop the rear seats down and you’ll get 1 755-litres of space. And if you’re a passenger in the rear, you will have ample legroom. It even feels rather large on the road when you’re driving yet because it also feels quite nimble, the actual size is in no way overwhelming. Just take note of its width when trying to park it though, the cameras do most of the work for you though, thankfully.

The competitors this Q8 is stacked against include the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, as well as the Porsche Cayenne Coupe so safe to say it would have its work cut out for it. But the addition of this turbodiesel may just be the gamechanger. It is the powertrain of choice in this segment and I think Audi can be very confident about this beautiful machine taking out some the competition.

Priced from R 1 578 120

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