I drove, researched, and compared all 3 of these cars for a month. It quickly came down to the Audi or the Benz, while the X6 delivered a phenomenal drive, I just can’t get over the direction BMW has taken on its interior design and styling, which does not ring a European aesthetic.Also my previous X5 M did not age well, despite being routine maintenance and regular detailing, I just … wasn’t willing to go back to BMW for this round.
The Audi had caught my eye from the very beginning, there is nothing else quite like it on the road, other than the similar Lambo. The AMG has a striking exterior design which also captured my attention, until I opened the door. The cockpit with one long horizontal screen and row of 4 air vents just do not sit well with me nor read design or luxury to my eye. Huge disappointment, as it performed beautifully on the road, not too soft, but a heavy, tight grip and the driving assistance and safety options were my favorite of the 3, by a narrow margin. I just couldn’t get over having to look at the interior with its two dimensional horizontal and flat panel. All 3 brands delivered fantastic performance that were more than enough to keep me happy.
I chose a well equipped Q8 premium plus S Line, and love the car more now than when I purchased it several months ago. Styling and design lead the others, I notice a lot of stares, it is not as common on the road as the BMW or the AMG. The car continues to amaze me and I still learn a new tech feature on the car occasionally, I agree mostly with the Edmunds review, especially on lack of storage and initial acceleration, Sport improves this, but it falls short of the BMW and AMG in this department. As I am mostly a highway driver, the Audi is a blast to drive.
I don’t feel the review mentions the capabilities it deserves on its technology. The Audi sets a benchmark in the technology arena and the Audi pre- sense feature has already prevented what would have been a very bad accident, it performed like no other car I have ever driven or witnessed; to say the it’s execution was impressive is an understatement and I still get a chill thinking about my Q8 dodging the incident and stopping on a dime while I watched 3 cars directly in front myself pile into each other. I was told I was lucky to drive away without a scratch on myself or the car.. This is my first Audi, and it is not going to be my last.