2021 Audi Q8 Model Review

Key Features

  • Starting at $68,200 MSRP
  • 3.0-liter TFSI® V6 engine with 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque and quattro® all-wheel drive
  • Available all-wheel steering and adaptive air suspension
  • MMI® Navigation plus with MMI® touch response and Audi virtual cockpit plus
  • Optional HD Matrix-design LED headlights with LED taillights and animation
  • Available Bang & Olufsen® 3D Premium Sound System
  • Optional HD Matrix-design LED headlights with LED taillights and animation
  • Parking system plus (front and rear acoustic sensors)


About the Audi Q8

Confident, composed, and capable - the Audi Q8 is the dynamic 5-seat crossover that blends premium refinement with cutting-edge innovations. Infused with a stunning coupe-like stance combined with the practicality of an SUV - the Q8 proudly sports a wide upright grille and a fastback roofline. At the rear, bystanders will be able to spot a distinctive strip of lights that stretches across the width of the rear end. Additional eye-catching design features include a collection of bold exterior color options along with available 21-inch alloy wheels for a commanding stance. Responsive turbocharged performance paired with legendary quattro all-wheel drive helps the Q8 excel on both dry and slipper road surfaces. Placing equal emphasis on both the front and rear wheels, this layout represents the balanced handling characteristics of the Audi Q8. Inspired technology features and premium amenities inside the interior help showcase the strengths of the Q8.

What the Critics Say

"The Q8 is Audi's range-topping SUV, with a modern turbocharged V-6 and a tech-heavy features roster highlighted by an interior with a two-touchscreen center stack and design that would make Rudolph Schindler blush. Deleting the third row opens some space for the second-row passengers and delivers a driving experience that is more carlike than any Audi SUV before." -- Car and Driver

"Structurally, the Q8 feels bank-vault solid and is nearly as quiet inside as one. Standard adaptive shocks read the road, firming up when needed for swells and sweepers and backing off to take the edge off harsh impacts and poor road surfaces." -- J.D. Power

Audi Q8

Audi Q8 Exterior Styling

What's New for 2021

Returning after a successful debut last year, the 2021 Q8 receives a selection of exciting new updates for the upcoming model year. Audi side assist and pre sense rear are now included as standard equipment across the Q8 range. Premium trims equipped with the available Convenience package gain a heated steering wheel and top-view camera system. All Q8 Premium Plus models include a heated steering wheel as standard as well. Finally, a newly available Executive Package now includes Adaptive Cruise Assist including Audi active lane assist, HD Matrix-design LED headlights, heated rear seats, and leather upholstered armrests.

Audi Q8 Features

Audi Q8 Performance

Performance

Engineered with a blend of potent performance and impressive efficiency, the Audi Q8 offers a driving experience that's truly remarkable. Underneath the hood lies a standard 3.0-liter TFSI® V6 engine which produces 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque along with the confidence of quattro® all-wheel drive. Unlike most five-seat luxury SUVs, the Audi Q8 is able to rocket from 0 to 60 MPH in a blistering 5.6 seconds. Giving you stability at high speeds and up to 5 degrees of counter-steer for maneuverability at low speeds, available all-wheel steering is yet another dynamic feature of the Q8. Lower the ride height for improved access to the cargo area or raise it to enjoy an extra 50mm of ground clearance, all at the touch of a button with the available adaptive air suspension. Standard on all Q8 models, Audi drive select lets you personalize drive characteristics to match your preferences.

Audi Q8 Interior

Luxurious Interior

Every component of the interior of the Audi Q8 has been painstakingly designed with the principle of "progressive elegance". The dashboard features a horizontal layout which gradually descends towards the floor of the cabin, providing a sense of fluid motion. Get comfortable in the standard front sport seats or the generously-sized rear seats which include side bolstering in the headrests for maximum relaxation on extended journeys. Commands and information requests are processed effortlessly from touch-activated displays and on the 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit. Using the optional Audi phone box, drivers and passengers can enjoy a stronger cellular signal along with the convenience of inductive charging abilities. Customizable layouts, pinch and swipe controls, and both audible and haptic feedback are each unique components of the standard MMI® touch response system. You'll even have the option to "write" your commands with the groundbreaking handwriting recognition technologies of the MMI® touch response system.

Audi Q8 Safety

Groundbreaking Safety

The simple truth is that even the most talented drivers occasionally need some help from time to time. That's exactly why Audi has engineered the Q8 with a collection of available driver-assistive features, giving drivers enhanced confidence on the road. Especially helpful on long journeys, Audi adaptive cruise control reduces fatigue by controlling braking, acceleration, and following distance relative to the vehicle you're following. Using the optional Top View camera system with Virtual 360° view, you're able to see every angle of your surroundings. Thanks to the sophistication of up to 23 available sensors, Audi pre sense® 360 allows drivers to react safely to the unexpected. An available Head-up display projects navigational information and key data directly onto the windshield to help keep your attention focused on the road. Other innovative features offered on the Audi Q8 include Intersection assist and Traffic sign recognition.

Trims & Specs

Premium

2020 Audi Q8 Premium
  • Starting at $68,200 MSRP
  • Audi virtual cockpit (12.3-inch LCD digital instrument cluster with two visual modes: Classic and Infotainment)
  • MMI® Navigation plus with voice control system
  • Sliding, split-folding 40/20/40 rear seatbacks with adjustable recline
  • Panoramic sunroof with power sunshade
  • Audi side assist and Audi pre sense® rear with Rear cross traffic assist and Vehicle exit warning

Premium Plus

2020 Audi Q8 Premium Plus
  • Starting at $72,050 MSRP
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Top view camera system with Virtual 360° view
  • Four zone climate control and ventilated twelve-way power front seats
  • Bang & Olufsen® 3D Premium Sound System, 17 speakers, 16-channel amplifier and 730 watts
  • 21-inch 5-segment-spoke-W design wheels

Prestige

2020 Audi Q8 Prestige
  • Starting at $77,850 MSRP
  • Adaptive cruise assist with Traffic jam assist, Intersection assist, and Turn assist
  • HD Matrix-design LED headlights and LED taillights with dynamic animation
  • Head-up display with navigation and assistance systems information
  • Audi active lane assist with Emergency assist
  • Traffic sign recognition