The Audi Q8 has arrived in Australia and we’ve got the price and specification right here.
Available for delivery in January 2019, the first Q8s to arrive in Australia are the petrol 55 TFSI and diesel 50 TDI. The 55 kicks things off, priced from $128,900.
Based on the Q7 and A8 platform, the Q8 is a big five-seat luxury-sporty SUV. That’s a bit of a mouthful, but it will make sense, especially if you read our full review.
Audi Q8 Standard Features
The 55 and 50 are hardly low-spec starters, hence the not-at-all-shy pricing. Standard are 21-inch alloys, S-Line exterior package, adaptive damping, power tailgate, ten-speaker stereo with Apple CarPlay and DAB+, Valcone leather, LED Matrix headlights and keyless entry and start.
The new version of Virtual Cockpit graces the 12.3-inch panel in front of the driver and the 10.1 and 8.6-inch stacked screens handle the new version of MMI. They’re both touchscreens with haptic feedback and control pretty much everything in the car.
Rear seat passengers score a pair of USB ports too if they don’t like what you’re playing.
The new MMI system features a new, refined voice control system. You can say, “It’s cold in here” and the system will ask what temperature you want. “I’m hungry” will throw up some nearby restaurants and perhaps most amusingly, “I need to pee” will bring up a list of nearby toilets. I tried a few rather more lurid versions of that last one and most of them worked.
Audi is offering a couple of option packages.
The Premium Plus Package ($11,000) includes 22-inch alloys, adaptive air suspension, HD Matrix LED headlights, massive B&O system, four-zone climate control and interior lighting system.
A full leather package puts leather absolutely bloody everywhere and costs $8900.
A 23-speaker B&O 3D sound system is $12,100 (ouch) and four-wheel steering is $4500.
Audi Q8 Safety
The Q8 ships with all the usual stuff plus – Audi
Audi says the new set of cameras and radars helps to reduce the pinball effect of the lane keep systems.
The 55 TFSI features the 3.0-litre V6 with 250kW and 500Nm. Later in 2019 the 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel will arrive with 210kW
The Quattro drive system is along for the ride, obviously, and uses an eight-speed ZF automatic. A centre diff can apportion torque from the standard 40:60 front to rear, with up to 85
Both also come with a 48-volt mild hybrid system with a small lithium-ion battery in the boot. The battery is fed by a
That all adds up to a 0.7L/100km reduction.
You can buy one now with deliveries starting at the end of January 2019. The 50 TDI will arrive later in the year.
Read the full Audi Q8 55 TFSI drive review here.
Peter Anderson is the Editor and founder of the theredline.com.au. He’s been writing about cars for years and finds it difficult to talk about anything else.