Juliet reviews…The Audi Q8

It’s all about premium luxury family cars of late, which is a wonder seeing as the premium market has taken quite a dive. But Audi will be ready and waiting with its new Q8 the minute the market turns around.

If looks are what you are after, you will not be disappointed with this stunner. Audi has moved on from the evolutionary changes we have become accustomed to and have now taken on a more revolutionary design language. And it is working! The rear of the new Q8 is probably my favourite angle, especially with the integrated light strip that runs along the width of the rear between the rear lights.

The interior is just as impressive with 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. As fancy as it looks, I would still prefer a traditional button here and there. If anything, to avoid the fingerprints that eventually dirty up the screens. Voice and Gesture control are there for those of us who, like me, are not big touchscreen fans.

The boot allows for 605-litres of space which is decent, as is the rear passenger leg room. This car can comfortably house four adults for a weekend away with bags and food in the boot. This is always my test. But, if it is kids you are worried about, I think you will be more than happy with the space on hand.

The Audi Q8 has an extensive standard specification list, but you can also opt for the S Line Black package which boats an S line exterior; high gloss black package, exterior mirror in black, black roof rails, 22-inch wheels, Adaptive air suspension, brake callipers in red.  The S line Platinum package gives you single frame mask in platinum grey, 22-inch wheels, Adaptive air suspension, brake callipers in red. While the S line Sports interior package boasts 4-way lumbar support for front seats, adaptive air suspension sport, decorative inserts in matte brushed aluminium, headlining in black, pedals and footrest in stainless steel, S line logos on exterior. scuff plates with aluminium inserts in front and rear and illuminated with S logo, sport seats in front and stainless steel load edge protection.

There is only one model on offer, the Q8 55 TFSI with its 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine, but the Q8 45 TDI will be available at a later stage with its 3.0-litre tubocharged diesel engine.  The petrol engine is superb and so if you’re too impatient to wait for the diesel, go take the 55 TFSI for a spin. You won’t be disappointed.

We still have the Porsche Cayenne Coupe and the BMW X6 to look forward to, but until then, the Audi Q8 will certainly enjoy a few sales. And it won’t surprise me that even after some its rivals have arrived that it will continue to sell really well.

Priced from R 1 388 000

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