The Audi Q8 is a nice wide SUV. When it comes to mounting anything, an article starting with nice and wide is typically a clue that it won’t be too hard to find good places to mount a phone, GPS or tablet. The Audi Q8 fits that mold.
We previously evaluated mounts for an Audi Q3. That was a bit of a challenge given the smaller vehicle size but the larger dimensions of the Audi Q8 made this much easier.
Our typical interior photo of the vehicle accompanies this article. Nothing unusual about the windshield, so we know that location is worth considering. We also note wide horizontal vent slats, cup holders located in the forward location of the middle console, a gear shift that isn’t too tall. The Audi Q8 dash is also nice and wide so that will be a location worth consideration.
For the phone, there are several locations that will work well in the Audi Q8. First, and most popular in any vehicle is the windshield. Consider the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount for SmartPhones. This mount features an extendable base combined with an expandable cradle. Unlike many similar mounts, the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 has a two-inch extension feature. Nice to have with the larger Audi Q8 where the reach to the windshield is a little more than most vehicles. The included cradle expands to 3.2 inches by pressing the buttons on each side. This is large enough to hold most phones.
The Audi Q8 dash is another good place to mount a phone, especially in states where mounting a phone to the windshield might be illegal. Fortunately, using the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 on a dash isn’t difficult. Add the iOttie Reusable Dashboard Pad to the configuration. It’s a temporary non adhesive dash pad. The bottom has a sticky surface and the top is smooth like, well, a windshield. Be sure to clean the dash area before application. Next, stick the suction cup from the mount to the smooth surface on the dash pad. When it’s time to remove the dash pad, just lift the tab and remove. Wash the bottom with warm soapy water and let it dry. This recharges the sticky surface.
You can also mount a phone to the Audi Q8 air vents. The large horizontal vents make it easy to attach the Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount. The mount features a ball and socket design so the cradle be maneuvered for the best angle. The included cradle opens to 3 5/8 inches which is fairly large.
For those in love with their Garmin device, the Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can also be used on the GPS. All Garmin vehicle GPS units made over the past ten years include a custom cradle that has a 17mm socket on the back. Remove the cradle from the Jelly-Grip mount and you have a 17mm ball. Now snap the Garmin cradle onto the Jelly-Grip 17mm ball and your GPS can be mounted to the air vent.
We reviewed the Square Jellyfish mount in detail in 2016 and have used it in a few vehicles successfully. It’s a solid mount that holds up very well to daily use.
Those cup holders are located in a nice position for mounting a tablet. This location is good for apps that do not require viewing while driving. So music apps are ok. GPS apps, not so much. Set the app up prior to your drive.
On the mounting end, consider the iKross Cup Holder Mount for Tablets and Phones. These mounts include a cradle for a phone and another for a tablet. You will see a lot of mounts on the market for tablets or cell phones. This is the only car mount kit known to us that offers two different cradles, one for the phone, the other for the tablet. The tablet cradle will hold devices from 7 to 10.2 inches. You can also use this for a phone assuming the apps don’t need to be seen while driving.