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NEW Audi Q8: The Q7 with a Sportier Edge

If you thought Audi were satisfied with their wide range of vehicle sizes, you were wrong. This year the new Q8 will be released and it brings you size, style and quality. The new Audi Q8 build on the practicality of the Q7, but adds a sportier edge. [SEE: Audi Car Leasing Offers]

The Audi Q8 is, however, slightly smaller than the Q7, but it sits in a much higher position in terms of its premium specs. Offering you a sloping roofline, wider on the road and an attractive, yet aggressive front end.

You will find similar spec vehicles to the Q8 such as BMW X6, Mercedes GLE Coupe and Range Rover Velar. But does it offer enough to contend with such cars?

Here's everything you need to know about the NEW Audi Q8.

Two trims are available with the Q8. The S Line, which has a starting price of £63,865. The second and more expensive trim is the Vorsprung, with a starting price of £81,865.

The S Line gives you highlights such as 21 inch alloy wheels, HD Matrix LED headlights, Audi Virtual Cockpit and MMI Navigation plus, Front Sport seats with leather and Alcantara and adaptive air Sport suspension.

The Vorsprung trim gives you 22 inch alloy wheels, titanium black styling pack, panoramic glass sunroof, Super Sport seats in Valcona leather and Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System.

Both models come with an eight-speed automatic Quattro Tiptronic transmission 3.0-litre V6 diesel (50 TDI). This offers a maximum speed of 152mph and 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds. This engine offers a quick burst and seats the Q8 quicker than most of its V6 diesel rivals. So far, this is the only engine available to the Q8 however, Audi will be adding a 45TDI and 55TDI next year along with more performance-focused models in the near future.

Although not actively advertising itself as a hybrid, the Q8 can turn its engine off for a period of time at a cruise to help increase efficiency. This is done very smoothly, which in turn, means the start/stop configuration is a lot smoother than most of its rivals.

Adaptive suspension comes standard across the range, but four-wheel steering will be a payable option on the S Line trim (standard on the Vorsprung).

9 different colours to choose from. The two solid finishes are Night Black and Pure White. 6 Metallic paint colours cost an additional £750 and range from Dragon Orange, Floret Silver, Galaxy Blue, Glacier White, Navarra Blue to Orca Black. You could also pick the pearl effect finish, Daytona Grey which is also an additional £750.

Seat comfort offers electrically adjustable front seats, including memory function for the driver’s seat. Both front seats are heated, and this is standard across the range. 4-way lumbar support and front centre armrest as standard on both trims. ISOFIX child seat mounting and Top Tether is standard.

Optional interior features include heated front and rear seats, front seat ventilation with massage function, driver and front passenger memory function. The only option that won’t be available as standard on the Vorsprung trim will be the ventilation with massage function, alternatively you could purchase this at £1,600.

The MMI dual-touchscreen infotainment system comes standard across all ranges. The Virtual Cockpit digital instruments allow you to personalise the display of information to tailor your needs.

Your all-round visibility is impressive, even with the sloping roofline and a reversing camera, it should be a breeze in carrying out manoeuvres.

Although the general feel isn’t as spacious as the Q7, and the sloping roofline loses you a bit of headroom, you won’t feel cramped in the vehicle even for a tall adult. The Q8 offers generous legroom, but we would expect this as the length of the Q8 is the same as the Q7.

Luggage capacity struggles slightly when compared to the Q7. The shorter rear overhang hinders this, but you will still find a bigger boot in the Audi than you would in the BMW X6. It is easily a family vehicle and worthy of all travel equipment you would need when on a family road trip.

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Posted on 5th September 2018 at 9:34 AM

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