- No Euro NCAP crash test score as of yet
- Likely to score close to its Q7 sibling
- 39 driver assistance systems to aid the driver
Euro NCAP is yet to crash test a Q8, but rest assured it should perform very well in the event of an accident – if one happens at all. See, the Q8 has a total of 39 driver assistance systems designed to stop the car from leaving the road and protect the vehicle’s occupants.
As well as the usual sweet of technology such as autonomous emergency braking and lane-departure warning, the Q8 also offers (within the Tour package) adaptive cruise control that detects lane markings, roadside structures, vehicles in adjacent lanes and vehicles driving ahead.
Efficiency assist (also included in the Tour package) automatically adjusts to the current speed limit and reduces the vehicles speed before corners, helping the driver and reducing fuel consumption.
Meanwhile, Emergency assist could potentially be a life-saver. It detects whether the driver is inactive and provides visual, acoustic and haptic warnings if so. If this does not have the desired effect and the driver is deemed not to be in control of the vehicle, the vehicle take control of the Q8 and automatically brings the car to a halt in its own lane.
- A strict five-seater
- Excellent leg room in the rear, headroom is decent
- Boot is smaller than the Q7’s but competitive with rivals
Passenger space in the Q8 is mostly excellent. Up front, there’s ample room for two occupants and their belongings thanks to a good spread of storage space. Door pockets are commodious enough for your average water bottle, while the glovebox and centre console are a decent size.
In the back, you’ll find excellent legroom suitable for even the tallest of passengers. Headroom, meanwhile is good – especially considering the sloping roofline – but those over six foot (or with a particularly lanky upper body) may find the top of their head sits rather close to the rooflining.
Heated outer rear seats, four-zone climate control and rear seat power sockets are also available.
Make no mistake, the Q8 might be shorter than its Q7 sibling but that doesn’t mean it’s compact. Far from it, in fact. Blindspots are reasonable for a car of this size, but you’d still struggle to park it without using the suite of parking assistance systems.
Front and rear parking sensors plus a rear camera are standard, while automatic parking is available as an option. All help immensely when threading the Q8 into a tight space, while the camera quality is crystal clear and one of the best available on mainstream cars.
Pop open the Q8’s automatic tailgate and you’re presented with a flat, well-shaped load bay. There’s a small lip from the boot entry to the boot floor, but nothing too severe.
Predictably, it’s less capacious than a Q7 in five-seat mode (705 litres of luggage space), but there’s still plenty of room for a family’s worth of luggage. Handy cubbyholes with netting provide additional storage for smaller items, while, thanks to the Q8’s standard-fit air suspension, the rear of the car can be lowered to make loading heavy items easier.
The rear seats can be folded in a 40:20:40 split, creating a vast 1,755 litres of luggage space. Both the rear-seats-up and rear-seats-down boot capacity figures are competitive with rivals such as the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Range Rover Sport.
The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Audi Q8 SUV.
Equipment by trim level
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