You Don’t Need to Drive the New Audi Q8 to Understand It



TELLURIDE, Colorado–Here’s what about the Audi Q8: You don’t must push it to understand it. Indeed, all I really needed to know struck me when I first saw one pull round a corner. This is arguably one of the best-looking vehicles Audi has made; it’s pretty sharp, futuristic, and sexy, and it creates Audi’therefore other SUVs look totally matronly. I&rsquo the effect translates into photos, but seen in person–and in motion–this really can be really a SUV. (Of course, I did push iton which in a moment.)

The Q8 is Audi’s no response to SUV “coupes” like the Mercedes-Benz GLE-class Coupe along with BMW’s X6, within that it owns one crucial advantage in that it isn’t useless. The rival swoopy-utes forfeit back-seat headroom and ease to the point of entrance that you could weld their back doors closed and not have much of a consequence their real world utility. The Q8, on the other hand, invokes the mandate of WWII-era Chrysler president K. T. Keller: “We assemble cars to sit , not violate over. ”

My first impression was lasted well beyond by the delights. The leading end of this Q8 incorporates sleeves, bumper, and grille in what Audi calls for a mask, which I think looks best in human body colour. (The limited-edition Year One package blacks from the grille surround and roof rails, and in my opinion spoils the result.) And the doors are frameless like the A7–a real surprise in an SUV. (Yes, yes, I know about the Tesla Model X. Still.)

If you prefer the look outside ll love it indoors, where the Q8 includes the latest iteration of MMI as noticed in other Audis. Differences in trimming and a “monovent” on the section of the dashboard set it apart from the similar Q7 along with other recent Audi layouts. The Q8’s dashboard was designed to improve the black-out effect that it looks like the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey when the ignition is shut off. Perhaps someday we’ll marvel at the quaintness of the, as we can do today at the square steering wheels ’60s-era Chryslers, however, now, it only looks cool.

called Q4, about the road as well. Audi is requesting $68,395 for the base-model Q8, and while the long list of standard equipment list makes it a fantastic value in comparison to this X6 and GLE Coupe, which ’s a cost of nearly $14,000 on the bigger Q7. The Q8 is relying on its appearances to earn that additional two grand grand, and Audi has to be careful that the forthcoming versions of their SUVs don’t elbow directly about the Q8’s territory. Granted, the A7 has managed to remain distinct from several other Audi sedans, however that’s a much more difficult trick to pull off with a two-box SUV.

However, although it’s still fresh and new, I like what the Q8 brings to the table: All the Audi goodness we’ve come to understand and enjoy in a package that stands out from the crowd. It’s stuff, and that alone makes it worth studying –and we recommend it is driven by you , too.

2019 Audi Q8 Specifications


$68,395/$79,340 (base/as tested)

3.0L turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V-6; 335 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 369 lb-ft @ 1,370 rpm

8-speed automatic

4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD SUV

17/22 mpg (city/hwy)

L x W x H
196.6 x 86.2 x 67.2 in

117.9 in

5,004 pound 0-60 MPH
5.6 sec (mfr)

130 mph

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