Audi’s eagerly awaited Q8 large SUV has finally arrived in Australia packed with kit and technology for a price that might surprise you. But while its promise of top-shelf comfort and entertainment features, combined with sophisticated chassis and powertrain are a critical element of the deal, its design is arguably just as alluring - even more so when you consider the Q8’s rivals.
Take a moment to browse the gallery above and appreciate all of the new Q8’s best angles, inside and out.
The BMW X6 was the first to explore the realm of large SUVs with elegant profiles, but that car continues to divide opinions with its looks. And while Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe has since weighed in with its, it arguably can’t compete with the handsome Audi’s styling.
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Worthy of praise is the minimal fettling that the Audi Q8 design underwent in its transition from 2017 Detroit show concept to the showroom version you can now own.
Numerous design touches including the massive ‘singleframe’ grille, 22-inch wheels, slender full-width tail light bar and skeletal headlights packed with gem-like LEDs could easily have been labelled a designer’s folly and confined to the studio.
But they weren’t, and the Audi Q8 is resplendent in its striking aesthetics.
Pumped wheel arches that Audi calls ‘quattro blisters’ are reminiscent of the original 1980 Ur-quattro and house a choice of either 21- or 22-inch wheels.
Frameless doors are a trait rarely found on SUVs and normally the preserve of coupes, but the Q8 has the roofline of a coupe too.
Audi chose to offer the Q8 not in a cost-saving bargain variant, but instead equipped the single 55 TFSI variant with a rich list of extras, including the S line styling pack, which adds a sporty body kit and some interior embellishments too.
The visual theatrics continue after dark with headlights, tail lights and indicators that are exclusively LED and perform dynamic displays as part of their functions. There’s more exclusive illumination in the cabin with colour ambient lighting infiltrating the panelling and dash.
A new colour completes the visual package with Dragon Orange unique to the Q8 along with nine other paint options, including Galaxy Blue which is dazzling in direct sunlight with its large metallic flakes.