2019 Audi Q8 55 TFSI
By Motormouth: Gordon Hall
From: AbiC Agribrokers KZN
To: Bond, Cash and Leger Inc.
You asked me to give you fair preparation time should I ever want to withdraw more than R1.5 million from the mobility account in one transaction, so here it is.
It’s time to trade the old Q7, because it’s about to breach the 100 000km, or two years, threshold we agreed upon. The past 24 months have been busy with many profitable trips logged (smile).
I chose the Q8 because it’s much the same size as Q7; just slightly shorter, but marginally wider and lower, so interior space is similar.
Extra power from the 3.0-litre engine, vs my Q7’s 2.0 mill, is magnificent; gives new meaning to the phrase “effortless overtaking”. It’s big, quick, powerful and has almost everything one could need in its standard package. A bloke could almost live in one if he had to – music, connectivity, space – it’s all there. Just don’t tell Melanie, because she already mutters that I treat the Q7 like a surrogate mistress (blush).
There’s another thing I like about Audi SUVs; they seem to bolster clients’ confidence in me and command respect without being in-your-face aggressive or old-worldly. And, like those others, I can add just the options and accessories I need (or simply want).
Here’s what I chose:
• Adaptive air suspension at R33 925 for farm-road comfort and trekking occasionally into the hills for site inspections. It raises and lowers suspension automatically by as much as 90mm, up to 254mm, if needed;
• The R16 260 towing hitch for when I need to couple up a trailer;
• Adaptive cruise control at R19 500 to take some of the tedium out of driving at the end of a long day;
• Phone box and LTE support at R6 204, because I never remember to plug my phone into those old-fashioned USB points to recharge while driving;
• Lane-change assist with pre-sense rear (R8 940), because, as a safety measure, it’s ridiculously inexpensive;
• Night vision assistant at R34 873. This provides thermal imaging of people and animals that I might otherwise miss after dark. Did I tell you about the time, approaching Nottingham Road at around 4am, that I almost centre-punched a truckload of cattle? I saw the vehicle’s headlights facing in my direction, in the opposite lane, but an angel on my shoulder made me hit the brakes anyway – its articulated trailer was right across my path. Thirty-five grand could save a lot of grief, so I want that;
• Appearance items, totalling R55 660, because I live with the car for more than 4000km a month and I want it to look good;
That brings the bill for additions to R175 362.
Apart from the comprehensive safety kit built in to every Audi, it has all the room, cargo space, electronic gadgets and interfaces that a modern couple with almost grown twins could need. Melissa is now 1.81m tall and Julia, older by 30 minutes, lords it over her at a stately 1.82m. Yes, they do need lots of kneeroom and, yes, they do play netball. High school and provincial.
The main cargo area holds 605 litres of groceries, holiday luggage or sports gear and can expand, with seatbacks folded, to an amazing 1755 litres. Then, of course, each section of the back seat can slide back and forth within a range of 100mm. Pushed back, there’s enough knee space to accommodate a bride in full finery. (Please, not just yet!)
So, Jeremy, I’ll order this car from my usual dealership in the next couple of days and have their accountant contact you to arrange funding when it’s ready.
Thanks and regards,
• Test unit from Audi SA press fleet.
Base price: R1 388 000
Reviewed additions: R175 362
Review total: R 1 563 362
Engine: 2995cc V6, with twin-scroll turbocharger
Power: 250kW between 5200 and 6400rpm
Torque: 500Nm between 1370 and 4500rpm
Gearbox: Eight-speed Tiptronic
Zero to 100km/h: 5.9 seconds
Maximum speed (governed): 250km/h
Real-life fuel consumption: About 11.4 l/100km
Tank: 85 litres
Luggage: 605 to 1755 litres
Ground clearance: 164mm to 254mm with optional air suspension
Turning circle: 13.3 metres
Towing capacity (braked): 500kg
Standard tyre size: 275/50R20
Spare: Inflatable, with on-board pump
Warranty and maintenance: 5 years/100 000km
Contact Gordon Hall: Email Gordon2@telkomsa.net; website: www.scarletpumpkin.com