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Audi RS Q8 (2020 – present) | Expert Rating

Summary


The Audi RS Q8 is the sporty performance-enhanced version of the regular Q8 range, and the most powerful petrol-powered SUV in Audi’s line-up. It has been on sale in the UK since 2020.

The sporty SUV has received a largely positive reception from the UK media, with frequent plaudits for its pace – the Carbuyer team concludes that the RS Q8 offers “incredible performance”, while What Car? calls the SUV “outrageously fast.” The Audi shares its engine with the Lamborghini Urus – a 592hp twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 that produces a 0-62mph sprint time of 3.8 seconds.

The Top Gear team explains that the RS Q8 is “ideal if you need a supercar and an SUV rolled into one”, pointing to the car’s agile handling, as well as its spacious and well-built interior. However, they also find the SUV’s six-figure price tag to be a deterrent. “The Audi RS 6 costs much less, it’s faster, it’s more fuel efficient, boot space is nearly the same and you won’t look like a Premiership footballer when you pull up in one.”

As well as rivals within the Audi range, multiple reviewers have reported that the SUV’s automatic gearbox is rather lethargic – a conclusion that leads What Car? to comment that the Porsche Cayenne Turbo offers more on-the-road fun overall.

Jonathan Burn of Auto Express asserts that this heavy-set Audi is “too big to be truly engaging”, while Carwow explains that you will be lucky to get 25mpg out of the SUV’s thirsty engine. “But do you really care about fuel economy in a super-SUV such as this? Probably not.”

As of November 2022, the Audi RS Q8 currently holds an Expert Rating of 61% based on 11 reviews published by the UK motoring media. The score of the regular Q8 range is slightly higher.

RS Q8 highlights

  • Seriously quick in a straight line
  • Surprisingly agile in the bends
  • Plenty of on-board tech as standard
  • Comfortable upmarket interior

RS Q8 lowlights

  • Thirsty petrol engine
  • Sluggish automatic gearbox
  • Expensive, base price and options list
  • Cheaper RS 6 is faster and more efficient

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV/crossover
Engines:
petrol
Price:
From £112,165 on-road

Launched: Spring 2020
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA



Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Adult protection: 93%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 71%
Safety assist: 73%

The Audi RS Q8 shares its crash test safety rating with the regular Q8 SUV range, which was awarded a full five-star score in December 2019.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of November 2022, the Audi RS Q8 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of November 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Audi Q8 range to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Q8, we’ll publish the score here.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Audi RS Q8 has received.

2021

  • World Performance Car Of The Year

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Audi RS Q8, you might also be interested in these alternatives.

BMW X6 M | Lamborghini Urus | Maserati Levante Trofeo | Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S | Porsche Cayenne Turbo | Range Rover Sport


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