Anyone that has older siblings can tell you that, while there are a lot of downsides to being the younger brother or sister, there are also a few good ones. Sure, you might get beat up here and there or be stuck at the kiddie table a bit longer than you would have if you were the elder of the bunch, but if there is one thing you can capitalize from, it would be the occasional hand-me-down. Now, at first glance, one might think that “hand-me-down” has a bit of a negative connotation, and sometimes it does. But in a different light, it can mean getting your hands on something very nice that would have been significantly out of your price range, and other than you and your sibling, no one is really the wiser … which brings us inexorably to the 2022 Audi SQ8.

Now, we know there is a plethora of sporty SUVs on the market, and it seems every year the market keeps expanding, but there is a good reason for that — people love them. Big, strong, powerful, roomy, all-weather, crazy fast and typically good looking all make for compelling packages in many forms. The SQ8 picks up where its little own little brother the Audi SQ5 left off — adding significant size (wheelbase of 118 inches), seating room (105 cubic feet) and cargo space (31 cubic feet). Sure, it does check in at a heft 5,469 pounds, but that makes sense for an all-wheel drive SUV that can carry five life-sized adults and their belongings.

Where the Audi SQ8 starts to get fun is when you realize that Audi’s parent company is the Volkswagen Group, which coincidentally also owns Porsche and Lamborghini, who happen to produce two of the most impressive sport-SUVs in the world in the Cayenne GTS and the Urus respectively. The SQ8 is the ultimate benefactor here, as many of those lauded features trickle down to baby bro. Let’s start with the incredibly powerful 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged and intercooler DOHC 32-valve aluminum block and heads V8 that pumps out a staggering 500-horsepower and massive 568 pound-feet of torque. That power is then channeled through slick 8-speed automatic transmission and then on to Audi’s legendary Quattro all-wheel drive where it is met by steam-roller sized 285/45R-21 Hankook Dynapro HP2 Plus rubber. Those tires hide huge vented disc brakes that do their best impersonation as manhole covers measuring 15.8-inches up front and 13.8-inches out back with plenty of clamping force to haul the big Q down from 70-0 mph in 173 feet.

In terms of acceleration, the SQ8 is just a tad slower than its much more expensive Lam-brother, but you’d be hard-pressed to really notice from behind the wheel. Mash the go-pedal in the Audi and hold on for a 0-60 mph sprint that takes a scant 3.6 seconds, 0-100 mph in a blazing 9.5 seconds and through the quarter mile in a blistering 12.2 seconds @ 112 mph, which are all times that will help you make any punk in a Mustang GT think twice about his choice in sports cars.

But the Audi SQ8 isn’t just a straight-line bruiser. Thanks to a trick multi-link front and rear suspension, not only is this ride extremely pleasant when in the aptly named Comfort Mode, but switch to Sport and things tighten up like a snare drum, allowing this big boy to hustle around the skidpad and a post sports-car-level 0.92 g.

The SQ8 has all of the major luxury car safety features you could want with thinks like automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise, forward-collision warning, lane-departure with lane-keeping assist and even a semi-autonomous driving mode, though we don’t know why you would buy a sports-SUV like this and not want to be literally in the driver’s seat 100% of the time.

So, while little brother doesn’t carry the same cache and VIP curb appeal of its higher end siblings, the Porsche Cayenne GTS and Lamborghini Urus, what it does do is allow you to get a taste of what that level of posh, polish and performance is like for a base price of just over $91,000. That may sound like a steep price to pay, but when you consider the fact that the GTS starts at almost exactly double that price point, and the Lambo at about four times the SQ8’s price, suddenly, having a hand-me-down sounds like one of the best ideas in the world.