Crossovers and SUVs continue to be the hottest vehicles on the market, which has automakers expanding their lineups with new offerings. The 2019 Audi Q8 is the German brand's latest addition, slotting in above the large Q7, as the range-topping model in the SUV family. Wider and lower than the Q7, the Q8 puts style first with its coupe-like lines and modern design. As an all-new model, the Q8 ushers in a new era of stylish and sporty SUVs for Audi.
What's New for 2019
The Audi Q8 is an all-new vehicle for the 2019 model year.
Choosing Your Audi Q8
With its sporty styling, the Q8 is clearly a performance-oriented vehicle. With that in mind, it's not a surprise to hear that the vehicle is only available with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that's rated to make 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. In typical Audi fashion, the Q8 has an all-wheel-drive system as standard, which utilizes a mechanical center differential, allowing for a 40/60 torque split front to back.
Thanks to the punchy engine, quick-shifting transmission, and quattro all-wheel-drive system, the Q8 can get to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. And when properly equipped, it can tow up to 7,700 pounds. An adaptive air suspension system helps the Q8 get through inclement weather and makes loading cargo easier with just the touch of a button. All-wheel steering is also available, making the Q8 easier to drive at low speeds.
The Q8 may sit above the Q7, but its athletic body style eats into cargo and passenger space. The Q8 can seat up to five and hold 28.6 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats in place, which expands to 67.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats folded. While not quite as spacious as the Q7, the Q8 is still a versatile crossover.
The 2019 Q8 is available in three trims:
With a starting price tag that's larger than any of the automaker's other SUVs, going with the base 2019 Audi Q8 Premium trim is what we recommend. And it's not like you're compromising on features, as the trim is handsomely equipped with a good list of standard equipment. It's surprising to see that heated rear seats aren't standard, so we'd add the Cold Weather and the Convenience Packages, the latter of which adds a good amount of safety features.
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