The Q7 firmly held the place of being Audi’s flagship providing ever since its launch in 2005. However, lately, it had began to really feel a bit too, dare I say it, acquainted. A flagship needs to be a bit extra assertive… one thing distinctive, an assault on the commonplace. Enter, the Audi Q8. The truth that it’s a coupe-SUV is half the battle received. In contrast to loads of different vehicles, the Q8 is a harmonious mix of an SUV physique and a coupe-like roofline. It has probably the most coherent design of all coupe-SUVs on sale at the moment. The standard and fit-and-finish are top-notch as effectively. Like most different coupe-SUVs, nonetheless, the Q8 does fall behind by way of practicality, however to be truthful it’s a compromise that its clients are keen to make. Being a 5-seater, there’s ample legroom and knee room for rear-seat occupants, and, surprisingly, headroom is sufficient too.
Below the hood, the Audi Q8 packs a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-petrol motor, which delivers 335bhp and 500Nm. With practically 5 metres of size and a pair of tonnes of weight, the Q8 is sort of hefty, however you hardly really feel it whereas pushing it across the observe. On the BIC, the Q8’s lap time was a stunning 1 minute, 11.5 seconds – third quickest of all of the vehicles we examined this 12 months. One other side of the powertrain that actually impressed us was the refinement. The engine is extremely silent, whether or not at idle or at increased revs. It’s one thing that actually provides to its already plush driving expertise. The ZF-sourced 8-speed transmission is seamless and nearly telepathic in the way in which it shifts by way of the gears.
Whereas the Q8 does nearly all the things proper, it loses factors within the worth for cash division. At ₹1.33 crore earlier than customisations and choices, the Q8 is a really costly proposition (the Q8 Celebration, launched for just below a crore, was launched after our scoring was full). So, the Q8 scores in every single place – on presence, angle and driving dynamics, however it is rather a lot a distinct segment inside a distinct segment.