Beneath the fresh sheet metal lies the MLB platform widely used throughout the Volkswagen Group. It forms the basis for every large SUV made by automakers owned by the German automotive giant, from the Volkswagen Touareg to the Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne and, of course, the Audi Q7.
The Q8 is slightly wider, shorter and lower than the Q7, which, combined with the edgier design, give it a far more dynamic look.
The interior is typical new-age Audi, with a couple of central displays that provide access to most functions of the car and get rid of most buttons, joined by the Virtual Cockpit, a customizable digital instrument cluster. Customers can choose between a variety of leather upholstery and trim inserts – and, of course, a long list of optional extras.
Audi Sport is working on two high-performance versions of the crossover, the RS Q8, which will take on the AMG and M versions of the GLE Coupe and X6 respectively, and the lesser SQ8. Until then, customers will have to settle for the 55 TFSI or 50 TDI versions, depending on where they live.
Audi’s range-topping SUV was subjected to a POV test drive, which highlights some of its features. So, get ready for nearly 14 minutes of Audi Q8 driving and equipment detailing.