2019 Audi Q8


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2019 Audi Q8 Performance Review


Performance: 7.3

The 2019 Audi Q8 has mediocre engine power and low fuel economy for its class. However, it has balanced handling and a comfortable ride quality.

  • "The peppy engine doesn't disappoint at high altitudes and got us moving quickly. The Q8 didn't seem to suffer as much as I did from the high altitudes, and the air suspension did a great job keeping the vibrations to a minimum inside the cabin." -- Motor Trend
  • "We found the Comfort mode to be a pretty good all-around setting for the Q8. Dynamic mode alters the ratio and adds weight to the steering, and if the vehicle is fitted with optional air dampers, it also firms up the suspension. It's a noticeable change between Comfort and Dynamic, and it's fun to play with the settings, but really, the Q8 isn't a sports car and is never going to drive like one. A default Auto mode senses the road and monitors the driver's habits, and generally falls somewhere between Comfort and Dynamic in its settings." -- Autoblog
  • "Our S-Line Q8 rode on a sport-tuned adaptive air suspension, allowing the driver to cycle through comfort, auto, dynamic, and off-road settings. It's not an SQ5, but it hustled through dirt and tarmac with more than enough confidence." -- Automobile Magazine

Acceleration and Power

The Audi Q8 comes standard with a 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are also standard. The Q8 gets 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, which is low for the class. This Audi has adequate power and engine response, but it still feels underwhelming compared to other performance-focused SUVs.

  • Though power from the new V6 offers adequately entertaining driving dynamics, the Q8’s throttle response felt a bit mild -- something which, admittedly, might have been due to the fact that our driving route covered elevations from 8,000 to 15,000 feet. … But speed-hungry drivers hoping for an experience that matches the Q8’s coupe-like looks might want to wait for the inevitable S Q8 spinoff." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The V6 powerplant generally feels up to the job of moving the big 4,700-pound SUV around, but, on our drive route that briefly crested 15,000 feet in elevation, there were times that the turbo mill was left huffing, puffing, and forcing the transmission to hold gears for an uncomfortably long time. While most owners will never feel the effects of that kind of elevation, the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 just doesn't have the kind of muscle to make the heavy Q8 any more fun to drive than the family-focused Q7. It's merely adequate for a vehicle of this price and positioning in the marketplace." -- Autoblog
  • "Between the electric assist and the engine's forced induction, I found there to be plenty of power, even at extremely high altitudes. We ascended mountain roads to a (literally) breathtaking 15,000 feet at speed -- up into the sort of thin air that would wilt a naturally aspirated engine -- and I still found plenty of power, particularly in sport mode." -- CNET

Handling and Braking

The Audi Q8 comes standard with all-wheel drive. Although it’s not the most athletic SUV, it handles corners with confidence and controlled body motions, and it rides comfortably over most surfaces.

  • "While not engaging to drive aggressively, the Q8 remained calm and collected even when pitching its bulk more abruptly than its size might otherwise allow." -- New York Daily News
  • "While no sports car, it's easy to drive the Q8 with confidence, thanks in part to its strong brakes and good steering accuracy." -- CNET
  • "Oddly, for a vehicle intended to be so much sportier than the family truckster upon which it's based, the Q8 rides beautifully. Even on the 22s, the Q8 is supple and never floaty." -- Car and Driver
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2019 Audi Q8

MSRP: $67,400

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