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2019 Audi Q8 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

The 2019 Audi Q8 has an elegant cabin with lots of quality materials and a sleek design. Passenger space and comfort in both rows is excellent, while cargo space is about average for the class. Infotainment features are modern and high-tech.

  • "Looking past all the shiny LCD screens, the rest of the Q8's interior is clean, with simple lines and high-quality materials. A chrome strip runs the length of the dash, and though it would seem to be interrupted by the HVAC vents, it cleverly stays straight no matter where the vent is pointed. Taken as a whole, the Q8's interior has a serious concept-car vibe, and it's way nicer inside than its competitors from BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Land Rover. If you're into high-tech interior furnishings, the Q8 offers them in spades." -- Autoblog
  • "Awash in the requisite leather, metal, and wood surfaces, the Q8 feels every bit of its range-topping position. It is decked out with the same level of opulence as the A6 and A8, incorporating the fetching bi-level touch screen setup of the center stack found in other recently launched Audis." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "As is to be expected from a range-topping Audi … fit and finish throughout the cabin is impeccable. Soft leather seats and door panels and a dark Alcantara headliner are offset by dimpled, tactile aluminum brightwork on the dash, and its simple but effective esthetic works well given the sheer size of the beast." -- New York Daily News

Seating

The Audi Q8 seats five people on standard leather upholstery with heated and eight-way power-adjustable front seats. Optional features include a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, 12-way power-adjustable and ventilated front seats, premium Valcona leather, and 18-way power-adjustable contoured and massaging front seats. The front seats are comfortable and have good outward visibility for the driver. The second row offers standard sliding and reclining capability as well as lots of space for taller occupants.

  • "There's great visibility from the driver's seat—even to the back, where the rear windshield drops dramatically to create the coupelike look Audi was aiming for. The cabin is remarkably quiet thanks to a double-layer windshield and acoustic windows, and all of the occupants will enjoy the Q8's spaciousness." -- Motor Trend
  • "The heated, cooled and massaging front seats of our test car were lovely perches on which to watch the stunning desert landscape fly by. The rear seats are roomy enough for two passengers of above-average height to get nice and comfortable. Due to the five-seat, two-row configuration, Audi has managed to allow quite a bit of fore/aft movement for the second row. Leg room is more than adequate, and because the roofline doesn't swoop down too radically, our six-foot, two-inch test driver had no trouble with headroom, either." -- Autoblog
  • "Even the rear-seat passengers will feel as if they have space to stretch out, with more than ample leg- and headroom." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2019 Q8 include tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. The standard MMI infotainment system consists of 10.1- and 8.6-inch touch screens with Bluetooth, four USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio, a ten-speaker stereo, navigation, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Options include four-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, push-button start, rear-side-window sunshades, a leather-wrapped dashboard, wireless device charging, a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen advanced sound system, a 360-degree camera, a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and a night vision assistant with pedestrian detection.

The Q8's infotainment system includes two touch screens that generally have quick response times, though it may take some effort to make sure the screen registers your touch. Nearly all commands and functions, including audio and climate, are controlled through the touch screen.

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  • "We're not yet entirely convinced two screens are better than one screen and a control knob, and we do sincerely miss the precise knobs and switches that once were the hallmark of an Audi interior. We'll need more time with the system to pass judgment on its menu logic, but we will say it responds to commands quite quickly." -- Car and Driver
  • "I discovered Audi's implementation of touch technology (which focuses on haptic feedback) requires more than just a casual brush with your fingers to activate a given function. A genuine push-until-it-pushes-back interaction is required when making adjustments on the lower screen (with the top exhibiting more traditional touchscreen behavior). This led to many 'missed' commands until I figured out how much pressure was enough. It's also worth noting that the new MMI won't work if you're wearing gloves, so prepare for cold digits when trying to warm your buns in winter time." -- New York Daily News
  • "While I understand why car designers do so, experience has taught me to be suspect of automakers who remove physical switchgear in favor of touchscreen-based infotainment systems, especially multi-screen solutions. Generally speaking, they're more trouble than they're worth, being convoluted of layout, and most importantly, frustrating to use in a moving vehicle. That said, I didn't have prior experience with MMI Touch Response, yet I found it to be about as well-engineered a touchscreen system as I've found. … Even for existing users of previous MMI systems, it'll still take some getting used to, but it's actually a pretty friendly setup." -- CNET

Cargo

The Audi Q8 has 28.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seat and 67.5 cubic feet with the second row folded down. A 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat is standard, and a hands-free power liftgate is optional.

  • "Cargo space is likewise solid." -- CNET
  • "If golf is your thing, the rear compartment is big enough to stow two golf bags sideways. An electrical luggage compartment cover is available as an option, which uses a rail-based system to automatically retract when the tailgate is opened and fall back into place when shut." -- Kelley Blue Book
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