Audi Q8
Audi Q8
Audi Q8

2019 Audi Q8

Pros: Sporty performance for a large SUV; luxurious interior; long list of standard safety features

Cons: Cargo space and third-row seat sacrificed for style; complex infotainment controls

CG Says: Audi introduces a new crossover SUV model for 2019 that focuses more on style that outright passenger- and cargo capacity. The 2019 Audi Q8 is essentially a more dramatically styled, sleeker-roof variant of Audi’s Q7 SUV. The Q8 shares the Q7’s basic platform and 117.9-inch wheelbase, but is 3.3 inches shorter in overall length. While the Q7 has three rows of seats, the Q8 has only two rows of seats and a more rakish rear roofline that reduces cargo room somewhat. The sole powertrain is a 335-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and a 48-volt mild hybrid system; all-wheel drive is standard. Also standard is an adaptive suspension—height-adjustable air suspension and all-wheel steering are optional. A new generation MMI control system drops the rotary/push-button control and utilizes two touchscreens with haptic feedback. Available safety features include intersection assist, a feature that monitors cross traffic and can sound a warning and/or apply the brakes to help avoid an accident; turn assist, which can apply the brakes if there is an oncoming vehicle when making a left turn; pre sense city, which can apply the brakes to help avoid a collision if vehicles, pedestrians, or cyclists are detected; and vehicle exit assist, which warns if a moving object is approaching from behind when occupants are exiting the car. The Q8 has a comfortable ride and excellent handling for its size. It is significantly more expensive than its Q7 sibling—a vehicle that can carry more passengers and cargo. However, for buyers that don’t need the extra room, the Q8’s flashy looks and luxurious interior may be worth the extra cost.

The Facts
Class Premium Large SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Audi
Nation of Manufacture Slovakia
Base Prices Premium: $68,395
Premium Plus: $72,395
Prestige: $77,545

Base Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6/electric
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Audi Q8
2019 Audi Q8
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 4

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