Audi Q8
Audi Q8
Audi Q8

2020 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: The 2020 Audi Q8 line gains two new high-performance models powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that develops 500 horsepower in the SQ8 and 591 hp in the RS Q8. Audi claims the RS Q8 can accelerate 0 to 62.1 mph in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 189.5 mph when properly equipped. Last year Audi introduced the Q8 crossover SUV that focuses more on style that outright passenger- and cargo capacity. The 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 base 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 Q8 Premium: $69,195
Q8 Premium Plus: $73,195
Q8 Prestige: $78,695
SQ8: NA
RS Q8: NA

Base Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6/electric (Q8)
Horsepower
335
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
21

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (SQ8, RS Q8)
Horsepower
500 (591 in RS Q8)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
NA

Audi RS Q8
2020 Audi RS Q8
Audi SQ8
2020 Audi SQ8
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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