Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - October 25, 2018

2019 Audi Q8 OVERVIEW

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.

Audi Q8

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:


Pricing for the Q8 Premium starts at $68,395 (all prices include the $995 destination charge). Standard exterior features include 20-inch wheels, full LED headlights, LED taillights, a power tailgate, and a roof spoiler. On the inside, the Q8 comes with three-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, ambient interior lighting, heated front seats, Audi's virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch LCD digital instrument cluster, navigation, a dual display system with a 10.1-inch upper display and an 8.6-inch lower display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a 10-speaker audio system.

The Convenience Package ($850) adds wireless charging, rear cross-traffic alert, heated exterior mirrors, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, Audi pre sense rear, and vehicle exit warning. The Cold Weather Package ($600) includes heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel, while the Towing Package ($650) ups the towing capacity to 7,700 pounds.

Premium Plus

The Premium Plus trim is priced at $72,395 and adds a Bang and Olufsen 17-speaker audio system, advanced keyless start, high-beam assist, a surround-view camera system, rear cross-traffic alert, Audi side assist, Audi pre sense rear, vehicle exit warning, 21-inch wheels, auto-dimming and heated exterior mirrors, four-zone automatic climate control, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and illuminated aluminum door sill inlays as standard.

The Year One Package ($2,250) adds red brake calipers, 22-inch wheels, black exterior trim pieces, S line illuminated door sills, S line fender badges, and S line bumpers. The Driver Assistance Package ($2,750) includes traffic sign recognition, active lane assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, intersection assist, and turn assist. Adding the Adaptive Chassis Package ($2,750) brings an adaptive air suspension and four-wheel steering. Standalone options include HD matrix-design LED headlights package ($1,200) and red brake calipers ($400). The Cold Weather and Towing Packages return unchanged.


Pricing for the range-topping Prestige trim starts at $77,545 and brings adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, intersection assist, turn assist, Audi active lane assist with emergency assist, traffic sign recognition, HD Matrix-Design LED headlights, LED taillights with dynamic animation, headlight washers, power soft-closing doors, aluminum-optic control buttons, rear side window sunshades, a leather dashboard with contrast stitching as part of the vehicle's standard equipment.

The Year One, Cold Weather, Adaptive Chassis, and Towing Packages cost the same and add the same features as on lower trims. Adding night vision with pedestrian detection costs $2,500, while a Bang and Olufsen 23-speaker advanced sound system is priced at $5,000. Lastly, the Luxury Package ($5,950) includes a light Alcantara headliner, dual pane glass, ventilated individual contour seats with a front massage function, extended leather on the center console and door armrests, a memory function for the passenger seat, and Valcona leather upholstery.

CarsDirect Tip

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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