Here, the Q8 succeeds where its rakish saloon cousin, the A7, disappoints. The SUV rides well, and with the supple stability you’d expect of a big luxury car. Even with those 22in wheels, there’s very little of the brittle jostling that can blight the smaller car on rougher surfaces, although the Q8 can’t quite match the velvet composure of the Q7.
Given the limited performance of the 50 TDI powertrain, we’d be surprised if most owners didn’t leave the adaptive air suspension in its Comfort setting the majority of the time. This feels like the easy-going sweet spot for the car, although the heavy bodywork can all too easily heave the adaptive dampers to the limits of their travel.
Indeed, Q8 owners who might otherwise have bought a traditional SUV will rightly expect a level of handling prowess, and in Dynamic mode, they’ll get it. The Q8 never really pivots within the limits of its mighty grip levels in the satisfying manner of a Cayenne or Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV but, with the suspension firmed up, you can appreciate its relatively low centre of gravity (justifying the reason why Audi has chosen not to fit active anti-roll bars).