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Audi Q8 - Interior, design and technology

The Q8’s design is smart and contemporary inside and out, while the onboard tech is a tour-de-force

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

4.6 out of 5

Price
£75,805 to £117,005
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​The exterior of the Audi Q8 is quite a step on from the relatively restrained Q7. Features like the larger front grille, more aggressively styled bumpers, new LED headlamp designs and a full-width lighting strip across the boot lid – as well as frameless side windows – give the Q8 a more upmarket and opulent feel.

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A minor refresh in 2024 saw Audi carry out some adjustments to the Q8’s styling. Newly-designed grilles, enlarged side intakes, altered tailpipes and an updated badge are the most notable exterior differences, but the overall appearance remains pretty much the same. 

Inside things step up a gear again from the Q7, with a truly impressive feel that’s inspired largely by the A8 limo. There’s lots of piano black trim and brushed metal finishes on display, and the whole fascia is configured around the MMI Touch dual-screen infotainment set-up we know from elsewhere in the Audi range.

As with other models, the top 10.1-inch screen delivers the infotainment, while the lower 8.6-inch screen takes care of more fundamental systems like the climate control and car set-up options. It also features handwriting recognition, but this may be a step too far for many right-handed drivers – it makes a lot more sense when the steering wheel is on the left as per other European markets.

The Q8 also features Audi’s Virtual Cockpit as standard, which replaces the traditional instrument pack with a wide full-colour display that can be configured with high-resolution navigation maps or instrument graphics.

It’s not a sporty environment, but it is luxurious, contemporary and very upmarket. That said, when we prodded some of the plastics there was a bit of creak and flex which was a little unexpected. All the electronics and technology systems are made possible because the Q8 is built on the Volkswagen Group’s shared MLB Evo platform.

Although the muscular SQ8 and RS Q8 provide more power and grunt than standard versions, there isn't much to tell the cabins apart. In fact, the interiors are largely identical. It's certainly not a step-up in interior quality, so you're essentially paying the extra premium for added performance.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

As you would expect, the Q8’s infotainment system is impressively configured. There’s full smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a highly specified audio system, and of course voice control, DAB audio and internet connectivity are all part of the available tech.

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Shane is responsible for looking after the day-to-day running of the Auto Express website and social media channels. Prior to joining Auto Express in 2021, he worked as a radio producer and presenter for outlets such as the BBC.

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