2019 Q8 New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Q8 is Audi's new flagship crossover SUV. It's stylish, quick, graceful, and stuffed with technology, and it's built for comfort and speed.
The Q8 seats five just fine, but four get the royal treatment. It's related to the Audi Q7, and shares its 117.9-inch wheelbase. Since it omits the third row of seats, the Q8 is three inches shorter than the Q7.
The Q8 uses Audi's proven and smooth turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with its 8-speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel-drive system. A 48-volt mild-hybrid system cuts the engine at stoplights for better mileage-19 mpg combined, according to the EPA.
The Q8's standard adaptive dampers give it a supremely comfortable ride; the available air suspension with rear-wheel steering delivers magnificent isolation.
Standard equipment includes automatic emergency braking that can prevent or mitigate forward crashes up to 52 mph. Optional safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and rear side airbags. Audi's available driver-assistance feature can help pilot the car for long distances or in stop-and-go traffic for 60 seconds without driver input, but it's not totally hands-free..
The Audi Q8 comes in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trims.
At $68,395, the Q8 Premium has leather seats, a 10.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility,. an 8.6-inch touchscreen for climate and vehicle controls, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Bluetooth and USB, panoramic sunroof, wood trim and 20-inch wheels.
For more than $72,000, the Premium Plus adds 21-inch wheels, premium audio, a surround-view camera system, four-zone climate control, and a driver assistance package.
The Prestige costs more than $77,000 and adds LED matrix headlights, a head-up display, leather dash, and cooled and massaged front seats.
Optional equipment includes Valcona leather, 22-inch wheels and red brake calipers. For the driver who wants assistance there is active lane control and traffic sign recognition. An adaptive air suspension is bundled with rear-wheel steering for $2,750. For $6,000 Audi fits the Q8 with brown leather, a silver headliner, and a gray leather dashboard..