Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • A strict five-seater
  • Excellent leg room in the rear, headroom is decent
  • Boot is smaller than the Q7’s but competitive with rivals

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.

SQ8 and RS Q8 trim levels

The SQ8 gets 22-inch wheels as standard, adaptive air suspension, virtual cockpit, and Matrix LED headlights. Upping your order to a Vorsprung model adds a panoramic roof, front seat ventilation and massage functionality, all-wheel steering, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.

The RS Q8 may well be the flagship of the Q range, but even flagships need a pecking order. Vorsprung models add black tailpipes, black mirror housings, black grille, black Alcantara headlining, a head up display, ventilated and massage seats, plus, 23-inch wheels weighing in at 45kg each, including tyres.

Carbon black models get black tailpipes, 23-inch wheels, carbon mirror housings, carbon radiator grille, and a black Alcantara headlining.

The 23 inch rims, an optional on the regular RS Q8 and standard on Vorsprung and Carbon Black, are the biggest ever fitted on an Audi. They weigh 43kg each including the custom Continental Sport Contact 6 tyres. Carbon fibre wheels that save 12kg per corner are also available.

Audi SQ8 (2020) luggage space

Safety

  • Five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating
  • Cutting-edge lane-keeping semi-autonomous drive
  • 39 driver assistance systems to aid the driver

Euro NCAP has rated the Q8 with five-stars, which should come as no surprise at all. Why? Because it 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 suite of technologies, 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 vehicle's 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.

Watch: Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Audi Q8 SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

Carbon Black equipment

Carbon Black standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
Carbon Black optional equipment
None available

Edition 1 equipment

Edition 1 standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
Edition 1 optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat

S Line equipment

S Line standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
S Line optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim

SQ8 equipment

SQ8 standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
SQ8 optional equipment
None available

SQ8 Vorsprung equipment

SQ8 Vorsprung standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
SQ8 Vorsprung optional equipment
None available

Vorsprung equipment

Vorsprung standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather seat trim
Vorsprung optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Audi Q8 SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2019
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 93%
Child Occupant: 87%
Vulnerable Road Users: 71%
Safety Assist: 73%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.