Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 10 November 2020
Some time back I was blown away by the simply stunning design of the Audi Q8 Coupe SUV. At the time I drove the 55 TFSI turbopetrol model, so now was my time to experience the Q8 in its diesel-driven variant, meet the sublime Q8 45 TDI.
- Price: R1 573 500 before options (Nov 2020)
- Engine: 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel
- Power/Torque: 183 kW/600 Nm
- Transmission: 8-speed Tiptronic
- Fuel consumption: 7.8 L/100 km (claimed)
- Boot capacity: 605-1 755 litres
- Performance: 0-100 kph in 7 sec.
Big Weight, Big Presence
The Q8 is certainly a vehicle which offers-up big presence along with its rather hefty curb weight. This being said, however, the 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel motor does a great job of proving amble shove with its 183 kW/600 Nm and propels the Q8 gracefully and very comfortably. I was a huge fan of the power delivery offered by the 55 TFSI turbopetrol driven motor and found the diesel to offer and equally, smooth power delivery, while being slightly less repaid to the throttle, it provides a drive based around efficiency, making it a very desirable option if long-distance family travelling is on your agenda.
The 8-speed Tiptronic automated transmission is as typical with Audi, very precise and effortless, with power-driven to all the wheels via quattro (all-wheel-drive), the Q8 is not only sure-footed on firm surfaces but also very capable when things get a bit bumpy. Add the Platinum S-Line styling package and its optional air-suspension and you have a vehicle which can carry its hunkered-down coupéesque appearance with off-road ability when needed.
Big Luxury Big Toys
The Q8 was the first Audi model to introduce the now ever-present dual-screen layout at the centre of the cabin. With both central screens offering “push-button” haptic feedback and their high-resolution graphics, you can certainly hand it to Audi when it comes to impressive media interface systems. Couple the dual central screens with the large Virtual Cockpit instrument display with 3D world mapping and if you’re a bit of a tech nut like myself, you’ll love everything about this cabin space.
Finally, with frameless doors, a large luggage load area measuring in at 605 (seats-up) – 1 755 litres(seats-folded), brilliant interior mood lighting and typical Audi build solidity and what you are in for is an unparallel luxury coupé SUV, made particularly evident when you consider that this comes out of the same stable as the Bentley Bentaga, Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne Coupe and offers so much as standard for its price.
SA Pricing R1 573 500 (before options). which includes a 5-year/100 000 km maintenance plan.