Audi Q7 vs. Audi Q8

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - September 19, 2019

Audi has become a powerhouse in the luxury crossover segment, and it recently joined the crossover coupe parade with the 2019 Audi Q8. Though it shares its platform with the Audi Q7, the Q8 is almost a different animal altogether with its more potent base engine, sporty exterior, and lower passenger capacity.

Which of these platform-sharing luxury crossovers is best for your situation? Continue reading to find out.

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What the Q7 Gets Right

The Audi Q7 gets an immediate jump on the Audi Q8 with its $54,545 base price, which is $13,850 less than the base Q8. Even if you bump up to the supercharged V6 model to match their powertrains, the Q7 has a $7,450 price advantage.

Despite the Q8 looking like the sportier model, the Q7 is the better performer in the twisty stuff, especially with its optional air suspension. Some of this added nimbleness is also thanks to the Q7 being a bit lighter than its swoopy sibling.

While the interiors of the Q7 and Q8 boast super-comfortable seats and plenty of room to stretch out, the Q7 gets a leg up on the Q8 in passenger capacity, as it has a standard third row that allows the whole troop to come to the store with you. The Q8’s sloped roofline also gobbles up 2.8 inches of front head room and 0.7 inches of rear head room, so taller riders may feel the pinch.

There's also more room for cargo in the Q7, as it boasts 35.7 cubic feet behind the second row and 69.6 cubes behind the first row, which beat the Q8 by 5.2 cubes and 8.9 cubes, respectively. With the third seat upright, the Q7’s capacity falls to 14.2 cubes, but there's no comparison because the Q8 lacks a third row.

The less-expensive Q7 has fewer standard features than the Q8, but they're still quite generous for its price tag. Push the Q7 into the Prestige trim, which is only $450 more than the base Q8, and it rewards you with Bentley-level luxury. The Prestige model’s standard features include 20-inch wheels, automatic headlights, LED interior lighting, four-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats, upgraded leather, a Bose 3D sound system, Audi phone box, and much more.

What the Q8 Gets Right

The Audi Q8 kicks off its half of the competition with a sharp look that’s sure to stand out in a crowd. With its plethora of angles and sloped rear glass, it'll attract plenty of attention at every stop.

The Q8 matches this more aggressive look with a more potent standard engine. It forgoes the base four-cylinder motor in the Audi Q7 and replaces it with a standard 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine that pumps out 335 horsepower. With this powertrain, the Q8 sprints to 60 mph 0.1 seconds quicker than the V6-equipped Q7.

While its head room may be tighter, the Q8 boasts 40.2 inches of rear leg room, beating the Q7 by 1.4 inches.

Finally, the Q8 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick thanks to its “Acceptable” headlight rating. The Q7 missed this key designation because its headlights received a “Marginal” rating. Otherwise, the Q8 and Q7 have identical safety ratings.

Got an Empty Nest and Big Budget? Grab the Q8

While the Audi Q8 won’t work for a family of more than four or five, it's perfect for a small family or empty nesters. With its roomy rear seats, it can handle long-legged rear-seat riders, and its cargo area isn’t too tight for a couple heading out for a weekend away.

Our Verdict: Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 may not be as sharp looking as the Audi Q8, nor is it as feature-packed in its base level. What it does better than the Q8 is operate as a family-hauling crossover. This makes it the superior option overall, though there may be a little internal struggle at the dealership.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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