I got to give the Audi Q8 a bit of a spin on the Audi Women's Driving Day Experience I attended earlier in the year and was very impressed. So I was looking forward to driving it for the week with my family and putting it through our BabyDrive testing.
The Audi Q8 is a beautiful five-seater SUV, the model I tested had an enormous glass sunroof giving great views to our big blue sky and both front and rear passengers enjoyed this over the week we had it.
The interior is modern, with clean lines and the split media screen system, that like in the Range Rover Velar removes most of the buttons from the dash and everything is controlled from within them.
I did find when I first got into the Q8 that the seat base was waaay too long for me and I couldn't touch the floor let alone the pedals. Weirdly, adjusting this wasn't done using the electronic adjustments on the side of the seat base but within the screen, so it took me a while to find it but was fine once I had! In fact, the seat base length is very adjustable so would suit taller drivers too.
The media system was easy to navigate and quite intuitive to use and it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The camera image is very good and clear and has many angles you can view from and the sensors can easily be muted with a button on the screen too.
Storage is minimal but functional in the Q8 with a cordless phone charging pad in the central console box and a place for sunglasses, cup holders in the front and rear and door bins big enough for a large refillable water bottle. The glove box is small and the map pockets are net.
The boot is a really good size, holding fifteen shopping bags from empty which fantastic for a five-seater SUV. That is one less than the BMW X5, one more than the Range Rover Velar and two more bags than the Jaguar F-Pace.
Single, twin and tandem strollers and prams fitted in the boot of the Audi Q8 with a good amount of shopping bags.
The Audi Q8 just fits three child seats in the back, but there are plastic panels around the rear seats which did make fitting three across a bit trickier.
I managed to fit three forward-facing child seats…
…as well as two forward facing and a rear facing. There are ISOFix points in the two outer seats and top tether anchorages in the back of all three seat backs.
One of the great BabyDrive features is the lane departure warning in the Q8. It's like a vibration you would expect from a phone but only the driver hears it, which is really good for not disturbing other passengers.
There are great independent child locks on the driver's door too, for locking either of the rear doors without the other.
The Audi Q8 is a really nice to drive, it feels very capable and sturdy on the road without being brutish, it is light to steer and it is quiet and a peaceful drive. The cruise control is excellent and very accurate.
The Audi Q8 is yet to be given an ANCAP safety rating, it has six airbags as standard.