Flagship crossover coupe. In 2019, Audi introduced its all-new flagship crossover, the Q8. This large crossover coupe rolled in boasting big power options, loads of features, sharp interior design, and the latest and greatest tech. As a late arrival to the midsize crossover coupe segment, the Q8 has an uphill battle against the likes of the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe, and Porsche Cayenne. Find out how it stacks up below.

Coupe look for all buyer types. The 2022 Audi Q8 comes in three flavors: mild, spicy, and burn-your-face-off. The base model boasts a 335-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that zips the big-bodied Q8 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Next up, the SQ8, features a 500-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that sprints it to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. Finally, the RS Q8 and its 591-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 blast this SUV to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.

These three engines match the progression of two of its main competitors, the BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne. However, the GLE-Class Coupe is only available in AMG-touched models, so there’s no tame option for buyers who want the look without the speed.

Stunning interior, but the same ol’ Audi conservative body. The 2022 Audi Q8 is quite handsome on the inside. It delivers the typical addition-by-deletion styling Audi is known for, keeping the interior understated but luxurious nonetheless. Customizable ambient lighting and its array of touchscreens make it an even more intriguing space at night.

Buyers looking for something a little more in-your-face may prefer the more aggressive-looking cabin in the GLE-Class Coupe or Bimmer X6.

On the outside, the Audi Q8 again continues with the classic, understated Audi design slapped atop a sexy coupe canvas. The roofline and raked rear glass are excellent, but the rest of it is the normal, timeless Audi design. This is great for people who want a car that doesn’t show its age 10-15 years later, but it leaves many craving the bolder looks of the GLE-Class Coupe, X6, and Cayenne.

Comfy, well-equipped cabin. Passengers have no shortage of room in the Q8, as it boasts 40.2 inches of rear legroom and 38.1 inches of rear headroom. This easily beats the X6’s 35.7 inches of rear legroom and puts it slightly ahead of the Cayenne and GLE-Class Coupe.

Plus, the Q8’s seats are well-padded and have plenty of support for all shapes and sizes. Cargo carrying is also no problem with up to 60.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, beating the X5 (59.6 cubes) and Cayenne (60.3cubes).

The Q8’s cabin is littered with screens, including a 10.1-inch touchscreen, an 8.6-inch ancillary function touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Other standard features include wireless Apple CarPlay, wood trim, leather upholstery, and navigation, matching its competition stride for stride

Final thoughts. The 2022 Audi Q8 is a great match for other German metal on the crossover coupe market. It boasts the power, features, and luxury of Bimmer, Mercedes, and Porsche, but it lacks a bit in the styling department due to Audi’s refusal to step outside the box, even on a niche-market vehicle like this.

The Cayenne, X6, and GLE-Class coupe are far better options for buyers who want more style. However, if you like this timid styling, the Q8 is the perfect match.

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