First Reviews Of Audi’s New Q8 Are Here: Let’s See If The BMW X6 Should Worry

Audi finally enters the premium mid-size SUV Coupe segment, offering for the first time a genuine rival to the likes of the Mercedes GLE Coupe and BMW X6.

As expected, the new Audi Q8 is shorter, lower and wider than the Q7, which shares the same underpinnings. With that said, every mid-sized SUV within the Group does the same and that includes models like the Bentley Bentayga, the Porsche Cayenne and the Lamborghini Urus.

Audi claims that the new Q8 offers a “versatile, sporty and elegant” package, combining the dynamic looks customers are looking in this segment with a spacious interior that’s unmatched by its direct rivals.

As you would expect from a flagship SUV, the new Audi Q8 is packed with cutting edge technologies. These include features such as an optional all-wheel steering, LED lights that put on a show when you unlock the car, mild-hybrid powertrains, adaptive air suspension and of course a crystal-clear set of adjustable displays for the infotainment system and instrument cluster, among other.

The standard Quattro all-wheel drive system features a 40:60 torque split front to rear while the engine range will include just two options initially. Buyers wishing to become the first to get a Q8 in their driveway will have to choose between the 55 TFSI version, which uses a 3.0-liter V6 TFSI with 340hp (355PS), and the 50 TDI version, powered by a 3.0-liter TDI engine with 282hp (286PS). Audi will add more powertrains in the future, including a less powerful 45 TDI model with 228hp (231PS) in 2019.

Let’s see if the Audi Q8 manages to impress Autocar, Carwow and Autogefühl in the video playlist linked below.



    Looks like facelift Q5, doesn’t look like a flagman

  • Yishay

    I wish they would’ve fine tuned the grill design. The grey masking around the grill just looks like cheap faded body molding.

    • botornot387

      It’s optional. You can get it in body color or black with the Black optics grill.

  • ace_9

    I wonder who wants such a big car. It is not a family car, so it is only about compensating something…

  • Rocket

    Such a disappointment. I’d prefer a Cayenne or even a Touareg for the styling alone. Of course, I’m not going back to VAG anytime soon, so none of them will be finding their way into my garage.

  • SteersUright

    Mixed feelings, looks more VW than Audi. Doesnt exude a premium vibe. The grille should be gloss black not that cheap looking grey. The front overhang is too big as well and gives away the front engine front drive layout, also doing the looks no favors. This would make for a handsome sporty VW SUV, but is not something to properly take on the BMW X6 or MB GLC which look far more premium and offer proper RWD.

  • I don’t know, at face value this doesn’t look like it competes with the BMW X6 or MB GLC. It’s a stunning premium SUV on its own and I’d pit it against the Cayenne.

    Maybe when I see it live I’ll understand.

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