Strengths: Audi’s first big SUV coupe is a fabulous statement vehicle. In one swoop, it makes the Merc CLE coupe and BMW X6 look old and dated and makes you think if you really need one of those big super saloons
Weakness: Needs even bigger wheels to look good as opposed to the 20” alloys from Audi Malaysia. Are we ok to lose some big money on depreciation...?
Our view: Although difficult to consider RM728,000 as a bargain, in the light of its immediate cousins like the Porsche Cayenne coupe, Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga, the Q8 as seen as an A8 SUV seems pretty ok considering the standard equipment on show.
Can an SUV be a luxury car?
Bobby Ang of Aurizn Malaysia takes us round his first experience of the new Q8. You can see he’s impressed with the quality and attention to detail of the finer aspects of the car like the clicking sound while using the touchscreen. We also get to see some of the performance of this heavier than 2 tonne SUV.
Even when compared to the new generation of Q7, Audi’s previous biggest SUV, the Q8 has some increased proportions to shout about. It’s shorter, wider and lower than the Q7 and looks all the better for it. You get the widened rear haunches like the original Audi Quattro and the brand new look is rounded off with the full-width taillights at the rear.
It is in the interior where the biggest differences are where the latest Audi cockpit from the A8 is now used in the Q8 as opposed to the previous generation cockpit in the Q7.
There are two HD touchscreen central displays. An upper 10.1 inch screen for most of the controls and a lower 8.6 screen for the climate control. There are quality woods and leathers everywhere and you’re in no doubt that you’re in a nice premium environment. Don’t forget the fully digital dash of the driver display which also can be customised to your liking on the move.
Isn't it just too big?
The new Audi Q8 is in a position all to itself at the moment. The other big premium SUV rivals are quite a bit more expensive by the time you add on the extras. More sensible options are available with three rows of seats and at lower prices, eg Volvo XC90 and Q7 but these don’t have the sporty coupe type look and feel of the Q8 even though it will fit no more adults than even a regular Q5. But if you can have it, just flaunt it!
So come over to the Audi dealership or contact any of the friendly sales advisors to get more info. Alternatively, why not make use of the Free Concierge Service from Motor2U and let us help you in every step of the way? Contact us now!