20: Audi Q8 – An SUV behemoth that’s easy to love

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Audi Q8: Its glowering, hulking, styling should make it intimidating, but it’s actually a big, friendly thing with a relaxing driving experience

Audi Q8: Its glowering, hulking, styling should make it intimidating, but it’s actually a big, friendly thing with a relaxing driving experience

 

The thing is, we shouldn’t like the Audi Q8. We’ve taken a principled stand against the rise of SUVs, especially in cases where there’s a provably better alternative in the shape of a saloon, estate, coupe, or hatchback. In the case of the Q8, those alternatives are provided by one car - the lovely A7 (or the new A6 Avant if you need a touch more practicality) but the Q8 nevertheless has managed to tickle our fancies. Its glowering, hulking, styling should make it intimidating, but it’s actually a big, friendly thing with a relaxing driving experience. The cabin is utterly gorgeous, comfort is excellent, and refinement close to peerless. Not a lot wrong with it, except that you can (kinda) have all the same in a VW Touareg wrapper for an awful lot less money. Best model: S-Line 50 TDI V6 is currently the only model, at €104,520 Price range: €104,520. Finance from €1,069 per month. Co2 emissions: 178 to 179g/km Sum up: Great Eight.