Audi Q8 Is A Comfortable Cruiser, But Less Engaging Than BMW’s X6

If you favor the latest Audi Q7 but want your SUV to look sportier, then the first ever Q8 just might be the right car for you.

It’s shorter, wider and sits lower to the ground than the Q7, and that sloping roofline gives it a more dynamic silhouette similar to the rivalling BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe models.

From the large grille and the slender lighting units, to the muscular creases to the frameless door windows, Audi’s design team went the extra mile to make the Q8 look sleeker.

No expenses were spared inside, where the build quality is superior and the cabin feels very refined, elegant and well built.

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The touchscreen displays give it an A8 flair, and the digital instrument cluster provides drivers with the required information right in front of them. You may want to go for the optional front seats too, which CarBuyer says are superior and extremely comfortable.

In the practicality department, the Audi Q8 doesn’t impress, but it doesn’t disappoint either. Storage spaces are decent, the boot capacity is okay for a car in this segment, and space on the rear bench is sufficient.

It may look very sporty, but the Audi Q8 is more of a comfortable cruiser, with the air suspension absorbing most bumps on the road. Regardless of the selected driving mode, the steering doesn’t feel sharp, so if that’s simply a ‘no no’ for certain buyers, then they might be better off with BMW’s X6.

But let’s see what else the reviewer had to say about the entire Audi Q8 experience, from the driver’s seat.


  • erly5

    Looks way better and more cohesive than its brash and ugly BMW and Mercedes rivals.

  • Bo Hanan

    It’s not aging very well. Can’t believe it’s a new model.

  • An Existing Person

    I wouldn’t care if it’s less engaging than the X6, at least it’s not revolting to look at.

  • Yishay

    Less engaging? That’s an odd frame.

    It’s less ugly, less revolting and less obnoxious than the X6, that’s for sure.

  • ErnieB

    LIke other sensible posters here, this is way more engaging to look at than the hideousness of its rivals.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Honestly I don’t think people in the market for an X6, GLE Coupe, or Q8 care about how much of a driving experience these cars provide.

  • Adam

    It just looks so… uninspired and boring. Doesn’t move the game ahead in anyway. The design is definitely not engaging and it has aged despite being a new model. It looks too cheap for their flagship model too. Typical Audi I suppose.

  • What sloping roofline?
    Yes, It is sloping… over the trunk area.

    This kind of nonsense started with “four door coupes” and press releases explaining to us that those are still coupes, after that we needed to know that SUV’s can be “sporty” and now this over-sized golf has a sloping roofline… Lord, have mercy, stop this sh*t!

  • BlackPegasus

    Audi wasted the Q8 nomenclature on this boring thing.

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