The Sleek, Luxurious and Appealing Audi Q8
We welcome Audi’s newest SUV, the Audi Q8. This stylish SUV have some smooth competitors to beat, such as the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, the Range Rover Sport and, of course, its own mighty sister, the Porsche Cayenne.
For the Malaysian market, only one variant will be available. Priced at a whooping RM 728,000, it sits right in between the Cayenne and the GLE Coupe.
Under the bonnet is Audi’s 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine that churns out 340 hp and 500 Nm of torque at 1,370 to 4,500 rpm. It is paired with an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.
Power is sent to all four wheels through the Audi’s Quattro AWD system with all-wheel steering. This helps it get from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.9 seconds. As with all new Audis, the electromechanical parking brake comes as standard. In addition, the Q8 is equipped with progressive steering and adaptive air suspension.
The Q8 sports HD matrix LED headlights with dynamic light design and dynamic turn signal, LED tail lights with dynamic turn signal, parking aid and 360-degree surround view cameras, panoramic glass sunroof and soft-closing doors. 275/50 Continental Premium Contact 6 tyres wrap around 20-inch cast alloy wheels .
The cabin is equipped with the standard Audi virtual cockpit and four-zone automatic climate control. Seats are upholstered in Valcona leather and the ones in front are heated and ventilated.
You also get Bang and Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch response, colour head-up display and Audi smartphone interface.
Audi’s latest centre dash design features a dual-screen setup: the upper touchscreen measures 10.1 inch (MMI infotainment and navigation); the lower unit measures 8.6 inch. The advanced infotainment technology was first seen in the 2019 A8 sedan.
The voice control is clever. It is able to decipher everyday phrases such as “I am hungry” when you want to call up a list of restaurants, rather than “Show me restaurants”.
The Q8 can be suited for different occasions: a vehicle to ferry the entire family or even five fully grown adults in luxury and spacious comfort or for fun driving thanks to the turbocharged V6 that gives power on demand.