Audi is asking for a premium of less than £6000 for the step up from a like-for-like Q7 into a Q8 50 TDI S Line, and the influence of the Q8’s 5% advantage on three-year/36,000- mile retained value over its sibling will probably only narrow the difference between the two cars on monthly finance.

Considering that both a like-for-like BMW X6 and Range Rover Velar are also pricier at list price – and that only the Velar can beat it for retained value, according to CAP’s forecasts – it’s unlikely that many Q8 owners will complain that the car is overpriced.

Richard Lane

Road tester
The Q8 is forecast to easily better ageing rivals, particularly the X6, which trails the Audi dramatically after four years

You’ll need to wait until next year and stick to Audi’s lesser diesel engine if you want to avoid paying 37% benefit-in-kind tax as a company car driver, but that’s true of most of the Q8’s competitors too, excepting the plug-in hybrid versions of the Cayenne and Volvo XC90.

Our test car returned 28.8mpg overall, making it capable of a respectable 475 miles between fuel stops in day-to-day driving.

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