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.