The Audi SQ8 is one of our favorite new performance SUVs on the market. Not only does it look great and pack a ton of power but it’s also really enjoyable to drive and packs a great interior. In this new video from Savagegeese, we get to see why it handles so well and just how much engineering effort goes into it.
For starters, the Audi SQ8 is built on the VW Group’s MLB Evo architecture, the same one that underpins the Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Panamera, Porsche Cayenne and even the Lamborghini Urus. So it has good bones to begin with. But it also has a ton of clever tech, such as the rear-wheel steering system and the anti-roll stabilization. This video not only tells you how it works but it also shows you the actual pieces of tech themselves, as the car goes up on a lift and you can see the mechanical bits up close and personal.
Under the hood is a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 500 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque, which makes the Audi SQ8 seriously quick. Thanks to impressive Quattro all-wheel drive grip and a limited-slip rear differential, the SQ8 is also surprisingly fast on slippery pavement and snow. It also handles well, despite having very limited traction in this video.
The interior is also lovely to look at and sit in, as it features a great looking design, great seats and impeccable build quality. However, it does get poor marks for its dual touchscreen setup in this video.
Overall, the Audi SQ8 is a great daily driver. It’s fast, handles well, comes with a great cabin and a ton of luxury. It’s admittedly, a bit too complicated and complex, requiring a ton of different systems to keep its weight in check when driving quickly, so that can cause long-term owners some issues with reliability. However, for anyone looking to lease a performance SUV, the Audi SQ8 is tough to pass up.