Given the Q8’s positioning as a flagship offering within Audi’s Q-series of cars, you may expect the SUV’s cabin to offer something a little extra in terms of visual or material wow factor over and above its maker’s other large vehicles.
Instead, Audi has given the Q8 a cabin that looks and feels pretty much exactly the same as that of the A7 Sportback we road-tested earlier this year, albeit suitably enlarged to SUV-size proportions.
That Russian doll-style approach doesn’t mean the Q8 is left wanting in terms of its fit, finish or practicality, though. Brushed metal and gloss-black panelling are used liberally through the big Audi’s interior (little surprise there), crafting an ambience that’s entirely upmarket and desirable if also a little sober and clinical.
Taking up a sizeable amount of dashboard fascia real estate is Audi’s dual-screen MMI infotainment system, which comprises a primary 10.2in screen above a smaller 8.6in unit.
The upper screen controls all of the Q8’s features and functions, such as the satellite navigation, vehicle settings and telephone connectivity, while the lower screen is intended to display those features you interact with most often, such as the air conditioning, radio and seat heating.