The 2023 Audi Q8 receives a variety of trim and feature upgrades. Animated matrix-design LED headlights and leatherette dashboard wrapping are now standard. The available Convenience Package gains adaptive cruise control, and the Executive Package adds side acoustic glass. The top-shelf Prestige trim gets an automated parking system, while the high-performance RS variant adopts power rear sunshades and an extended Nappa leather interior.
2023 Audi Q8
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2023 Audi Q8 Overview
Choosing Your Audi Q8
The V8-powered SQ8 comes in Premium Plus and Prestige trims, priced from $95,595 and $102,195, respectively. The even more powerful RS Q8 comes in a single trim comparable to the Prestige priced at $121,690.
The regular Q8 is powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The SQ8 receives a twin-turbo V8, and the RS Q8 runs with a high-output version of the V8 for track-worthy performance.
Every model comes with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddles shifters. With the $750 Towing Packing added, the Q8 is rated to tow up to 7,700 pounds.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|3.0L Turbo 6-Cylinder||335 hp||369 lb-ft||20 mpg|
|4.0L Twin-Turbo V8||500 hp||568 lb-ft||17 mpg|
|4.0L Twin-Turbo V8||591 hp||590 lb-ft||15 mpg|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Q8 is a midsize, two-row crossover with ample room for five. The cargo space behind the rear seat measures 30.5 cubic feet. With the seats folded, the Q8 offers 60.7 cubic feet of space. These figures are more appropriate for a compact crossover, as the Q8 prioritizes passenger comfort and performance over utility.
The Q8 Premium starts out with blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, road departure warning, automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors. The available Convenience Package ($1,950) includes surround-view cameras, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. These items are standard starting with the Premium Plus.
The Prestige also provides a head-up display and an automated parking system. Night vision can be added to the Prestige for $2,500.
The standard infotainment system for the Q8 features a 10.1-inch touchscreen, 10 speakers, 4 USB ports, navigation, HD and satellite radio, wireless Apple CarPlay, and wired Android Auto. Wireless device charging is part of the Premium's Convenience Package. It's standard on the Premium Plus and Prestige, which also get a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen system. A 23-speaker version is available on the Prestige only for $5,000.
The Q8 comes fully equipped from the start with leather upholstery, wood trim, heated power front seats with driver lumbar adjustments and driver memory, a leatherette-wrapped dashboard, a panoramic sunroof, power-folding side mirrors, animated matrix-design LED headlights, and animated LED taillights. A heated steering wheel is part of the available Convenience Package. The Premium rolls on 21-inch alloy wheels. The Black Optic Package ($750) provides graphite gray wheels and gloss black body trim.
The Premium Plus comes with the Premium's options as standard, plus four-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats with passenger lumbar adjustments, and leatherette trim on the armrests and console. The $1,400 Executive Package adds heated rear seats, power rear passenger sunshades, manual cargo sunshades, and acoustic side window glass. For the outside, Audi offers the S Line Style Package ($750) with sporty styling details and graphite gray wheels. From there, buyers can progress to the S Line Plus Package, which adds 22-inch wheels, red brake calipers, and gloss black exterior trim for a total cost of $2,750.
The Executive Package is standard on the Prestige, along with the power soft-close doors and an adaptive air suspension for enhanced ride comfort. The S Line packages remain optional.
The $6,850 Luxury Package provides an extended premium leather interior with massaging front seats and a sueded headliner. On the mechanical front, the Prestige is available with all-wheel steering ($1,500) for enhanced maneuverability.
Available in Premium Plus or Prestige ($102,195) trim, the SQ8 packs the twin-turbo V8, backed up by a sport-tuned air suspension and standard all-wheel steering, and 21-inch wheels. The interior receives performance seats, carbon fiber trim, and a black headliner.
The RS Q8 gets the high-output V8 and a trove of performance upgrades, including a specially tuned RS suspension, a sport rear differential, active roll stabilization, and summer performance tires on 22-inch wheels. Other equipment and options are similar to the Prestige.
The 2023 Audi Q8 in Premium Plus trim offers the right blend of luxury, performance, and value for most buyers shopping in this league. At the top of the lineup, SQ8 and RS Q8 are capable of exceptional performance for this class and are priced accordingly.
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