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2021 Audi Q8 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: June 19, 2020

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Karan Rawat

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The all-new 2021 Audi Q8 SUV features one fewer row seats but shows off it's unique styling, better than the three-row Q7. Inspired from a Coupe body design, the new Q8 kicks in the adrenaline with the dynamic exterior design, mysterious power underneath, and top-notch interior features. With the high-quality build, Audi has ensured the best-in-class performance in all spheres.

The Q8 series also features sportier counterparts, the SQ8, and RS Q8. Although the regular Q8 is not as robust as other members, it still boasts a potent V6 turbo engine and the signature Audi Quattro AWD system. The duo delivers around 335 Hp on the wheels, which is one of the best-in-segment. Luxury can be felt in every corner of the car with high-quality material usage and incredible attention to detail.

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Pros

Dynamic Coupe inspired body styling

Best-in-class performance

Upscale interiors

Good tech

Cons

Price tag of the car is on the higher side

Fuel Economy takes a hit with the massive engine and heavyweight

What's New?

Revised Standard Features


Pictures


Styles

2021 Audi Q8 in Alfa White color
Alfa White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

3.0

Interior

9.0

Safety

9.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Audi Q8 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

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fuel
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mpg
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$68,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $68,200 MSRP TBD TBD
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Expert Review

7.2

Overall Rating


With the rise in popularity of premium SUVs, the segment houses the best line-up in terms of overall performance, luxury element, and design statement. Performance numbers are improving year after year with maximum emission control and new innovative solutions. Also, multimedia and connectivity features have drastically improved over the years. New 2021 Audi Q8 faces stiff competition from its German rival BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne, Maserati Levante, and Acura MDX. With a competitive price tag, utmost reliability, and the latest amenities, the Q8 has earned its name.

2021 Audi Q8 SUV Front View
2021 Audi Q8 SUV Rear View

8.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Safety


2021 Audi Q8 Features

8.0/10

Audi has always provided a range of options for its customers to choose from as per their requirements. The new Q8 SUV line-up also offers numerous trims and configurations with improved interior features, exterior accents, and safety amenities. The Q8 also has a series of sportier cars, the SQ8 and RS Q8, with more aggression and Sports SUV badging.

Trims

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP (AWD)

$69,200

$73,200

$78,700

Key Features

MMI touch response with dual center displays (10.1" upper and 8.6" lower) and Audi virtual cockpit plus with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster

Adds to Premium - 

Adds to Premium Plus - 

 

Audi smartphone interface with Apple Carplay and Android Auto

Audi phone box (signal booster and wireless charger)

Audi active lane assist with Emergency assist

 

Audi sound system with ten speakers, 6-channel amplifier

Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium sound system, 17 speakers, 16-channel amplifier and 730 watts

Audi adaptive cruise assist

 

Three-zone automatic climate control

Four-zone automatic climate control

Head-up display with navigation systems recognition

 

Power adjustable, power-folding, heated exterior side mirrors with memory

Auto-dimming, power-folding, heated exterior side mirrors with memory

HD Matrix-design LED headlights with animation and LED taillights with animation

 

Aluminum door sill inlays

Illuminated Aluminum door sill inlays

Headlight washers

 

20" 5-arm design wheels

21" 5-segment-spoke-W design wheels

Power soft-closing doors

 

Ambient LED interior lighting package

Contour/Ambient LED interior lighting

package—multicolor

Aluminum-optic control buttons

 

Parking system plus (front and rear acoustic sensors)

Top view camera system with Virtual 360 view with Audi side assist and Audi pre sense rear, Rear cross-traffic assist, and Vehicle exit warning


 

Rear side window sunshades

 

Leather seating surfaces 

Perforated Leather seating surfaces

Leather dashboard with contrast stitching

 

Heated eight-way power front seats and four-way power lumbar adjustment for driver

Heated and ventilated twelve-way power front seats including four-way power lumbar adjustment for driver and front passenger

18- way power, heated and ventilated individual contour comfort front seats including power lumber, adjustment seat memory, and massage functions

Though, the Q8 SUV offers three trims, the Premium version with standard amenities, the Premium Plus trim, and the fully-loaded Prestige trim. All the variants come with a standard Quattro All-Wheel Drive system and share similar engines.

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To balance the price difference and maximize the crossover's value, would choose the base Premium trim and load it with options, which would yet be more affordable than choosing the Premium Plus.

2021 Audi Q8 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

SUVs are known for their high-performance numbers and all-terrain drive abilities. The new Audi Q8 SUV boasts potent power and, at the same time, keeps luxury intact. Powered by a massive 3.0 Liter V6 engine clubbed with a highly efficient eight-speed Automatic Transmission. 

It can churn out around 335 Hp and 369 pound-feet of torque. High torque gives the car instant accelerating abilities and functional hauling capacity. The signature Quattro all-wheel-drive system improves the cornering performance and stability of the car.

Models

Audi Q8 Premium

BMW X6 sDrive40i

Mercedes GLE Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

MSRP

$68,200

$64,300

$71,350

$75,300

Engine

3.0 Liter Turbo V6

3.0 Liter Turbo V6

3.0 Liter Turbo V6

3.0 Liter Turbo V6

Drivetrain AWD RWD AWD AWD

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed Tiptronic S

Power (hp @ rpm)

335@5,000

335@5,500

385@5,500

335@5,300

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

369@1,370

330@1,550

384@1,600

332@1,340

The new Audi Q8 SUV features a massive 3.0 Liter V6 engine and an efficient eight-speed Automatic Transmission. The dynamic coupe-like body style gives good aerodynamic leverage and high-speed performance to the Q8. The overall performance of the car has evolved boomingly over the years with refined power and innovative solutions.

The new Audi Q8 SUV shows off potent performance numbers against rivals with similar power but the best Torque output. The AWD system and 8-speed Transmission setup improve powertrain efficiency.

Acceleration

The new Audi Q8 SUV is insanely fast with the high performing engine underneath and light bodyweight. The car can sprint a 0-60 mph in under 5.6 seconds and topping a speed of 152 mph. Like design in the SUV, the Coupe supports the dynamic stability of the car at high speeds.

Loaded with a 3.0 Liter V6 engine and an efficient 8-speed Auto-Shift transmission, high torque outputs are achieved, which improves the accelerating abilities of the car. Torque output is on the range of 369 pound-feet at a low range of 1370 rpm, which is quite impressive.

Models

Audi Q8 Premium

BMW X6 sDrive40i

Mercedes GLE Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.6

5.2

5.1

5.7

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.0

NA

13.7

14.2

Top Speed (MPH) 189 177 155 183

Engine

3.0 Liter Turbo V6

3.0 Liter Turbo V6

3.0 Liter Turbo V6

3.0 Liter Turbo V6

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

9.2

8.0

9.3

8.8

With mind-boggling accelerating abilities and high-speed experience, the new Audi Q8 SUV seems one of the best-in-class. It sure needs some improvement in the emission domain when compared with rivals.

Ride and Handling

The new Audi Q8 SUV features exceptional ride and handling abilities. With the addition of the signature Quattro all-drive system and adaptive suspension dampers, the SUV ride quality has been improved to a whole new level. With active steering control, high stability is witnessed in the new Q8.

When touring on long stints, the steering mounted controls and highly responsive steering control ease driving and improve accessibility. Overall, one of the best handling abilities and ride quality is offered by the latest Q8 SUV.

Braking

Braking has got an equal if not more important than the performance and acceleration abilities of heavy-duty premium SUVs. The new Audi Q8 SUV is equipped with a heavy-duty braking setup, which can stop the car from a 60-0 mph under 113 ft. The distance is quite impressive, keeping in mind the heavyweight of the vehicle and high-speed abilities.

Models

Audi Q8 Premium

BMW X6 sDrive40i

Mercedes GLE Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Brake Rotors Front (in)

14.8

13.7

13.8

13.8

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

13.8

12.6

13.0

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs)

5004

4687

4960

4663

60-0 MPH (ft)

113

NA

NA

NA

We can witness the high performing brakes in the new Audi Q8. With huge disc brake rotors, the better surface area is covered, and hence better braking is delivered. The 4-wheel ABS reduces wheel spin and, therefore, improves the car's stability on slippery road conditions. Electronic Stability control also plays an integral role in overall braking performance as it drives brake force on actionable areas.

2021 Audi Q8 Fuel Economy

3.0/10

High-performance SUV cars are not famous for their peaky fuel economy. The new Audi Q8 is no exception. With the massive engines and heavyweight, sure it gallops a lot of fuel. The new Audi Q8 SUV houses a massive 3.0 Liter V6 engine. The combined output of the car stands at 19 MPG.

Models

Audi Q8 Premium

BMW X6 sDrive40i

Mercedes GLE Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

MPG (City)

17

21

17

19

MPG (Highway)

22

26

22

23

MPG (Combined)

19

23

19

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons) 22.5 21.9 22.5 23.7
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi) 383/473/427 460/569/503 428/540/427 450/545/474

The new Porsche Cayenne offers the maximum range, which has a better fuel economy and equips a larger fuel tank. The new Audi Q8 needs some work in this domain, with the least economy at 18 MPG and an average range. 

2021 Audi Q8 Interior

9.0/10

The overall interior space of the new Q8 luxury SUV is equipped with genteel material selection, additional supports, and dynamic layout with sporty accents and river eccentric dashboard. Steering mounted control and a head-up display is add-ons to the subtle cabin of the Q8 SUV.

Upscale interiors with luxury elements, genteel material selection, ample additional supports for a comfortable ride, four-zone Automatic climate control, and the latest infotainment range. The new Audi Q8 has got it all. The cabin is spacious, with a seating capacity of five. Also, the seats get power adjustments and multiple supports to ensure passengers' overall comfort at all times. Center armrest, leatherette material upholstery, and various small-item storage options deliver a whole soothing cabin.

Models

Audi Q8 Premium

BMW X6 sDrive40i

Mercedes GLE Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Seating Capacity 5 5 5 4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.2/59.5/41.7

39.3/60.0/40.4

39.2/58.5/40.3

NA

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.1/58.5/40.2

37.5/57.7/35.7

37.8/58.4/38.4

NA

As we can interpret from the above table, the Audi Q8 SUV is very spacious inside with ample legroom, headroom, and shoulder room. It has got two rows instead of three, which boosts cargo capacity like the BMW X5, which has got two rows but a ton of space to stash up the cargo.

Some of the most notable features include

  • Three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles
  • Power tilt and telescopic adjustable steering column with memory 
  • Gray/Brown Fine Grain Ash Natural Wood inlays
  • Auto-dimming interior rearview mirror with digital compass
  • Panoramic sunroof with power sunshade 
  • Ambient LED interior lighting package
  • Sliding, split-folding 40/20/40 rear seatbacks with adjustable recline 
  • Four-zone automatic climate control

Infotainment System

New infotainment systems have been developed and installed in the Q8 line-up over the years. With the latest connectivity options and media setup, the Q8 features one of the best entertainment packages in the segment. The all-new version of the Audi Q8 SUV is here with an abundance of interior features and infotainment range.

The kit includes a standard 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit. Also, an easy Navigation system, Voice Control, and MMI Touch keep the occupants engaged. The premium 17-speaker Audio setup with the 3D effect by Bang & Olufsen makes the music lovers amused. There has been a software upgrade in the latest model, making the system smoother and more responsive with attractive animation and interactive panels.

Cargo Capacity

As we can interpret from the above table, the Audi Q8 SUV is very spacious inside with ample legroom, headroom, and shoulder room. It has got two rows instead of three, which boosts cargo capacity like the BMW X5, which has got two rows but a ton of space to stash up the cargo.

Models

Audi Q8 Premium

BMW X6 sDrive40i

Mercedes GLE Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Cargo Capacity (All seats in place) (ft3)

28.6

27.4

23.0

22.0

Cargo Capacity (Rear seats folded) (ft3)

67.5

59.6

60.7

54.3

2021 Audi Q8 Exterior

Audi Q8 is one of the most attractive premium SUVs in the segment with Coupe styled body design, muscle front grille, and sleek shoulders, which gives the car a head-turner look. With massive alloy wheels, chrome-finished door handles and panels, new front and rear bumpers, and attractive LED headlight and taillight, the new Q8 leaves an unforgettable impression.

Talking of the design philosophy, the new Audi Q8 sticks to a coupe inspired design with muscle front and sleek shoulders. Cargo capacity of the car has improved over the years. With the new 2021 model, which features two rows instead of three, the volume is further boosted.

Models

Audi Q8 Premium

BMW X6 sDrive40i

Mercedes GLE Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Curb Weight (lbs)

5004

4687

4960

4663

Length (in)

196.3

194.8

192.6

194.2

Width (in)

78.5

78.9

78.9

78.1

Height (in)

67.1

66.8

67.7

66.0

Ground Clearance (in)

8.7

8.1

7.8

8.2

Wheelbase (in)

117.9

117.1

114.8

114.0

The new Audi Q8 cherishes a balanced design statement with Coupe inspired body design, which allows the body structure to be sleeker. Also, sufficient ground clearance enables the car to tackle rough-roads and improve all-terrain performance.

 Exterior Features

Being the flagship of brand Audi, the Q8 comes with a lot of embellishments on the outside. Some of the most notable features include

  • Singleframe grille with a body-colored mask
  • HD Matrix-design LED headlights with animation
  • LED taillights with animation
  • Power adjustable, power-folding, heated exterior side mirrors with memory
  • Aluminum-optic trim around exterior side windows
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Power tailgate with a roof spoiler
  • Headlight washers
  • Power soft-closing doors 
  • 22” inch 5-arm design wheels

2021 Audi Q8 Safety

9.0/10

Audi has always ensured advanced safety features and the latest technology used to keep the occupants safe in adverse situations. Ample of passive safety systems under the Driver Assistance Package assists the driver in avoiding potential accidents. Further safety is ensured by the Airbags Package, which takes care of occupant safety in case of an unforeseen collision.

Some of the highlighted safety features of the Q8 are Audi Pre Sense system which uses sensors and warns the driver of a potential front collision and also can apply brakes automatically, Traffic Jam Assist comes handy while commuting through busy city roads, a surround camera view for Parking and a lot more. The car is also highly acclaimed by top rating agencies like NHTSA and IIHS.

Safety Features

  • Advanced Airbag Protection System with 6 airbags
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) in rear seats
  • Power central locking system with safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Offroad mode, secondary collision brake assist and traction control (ASR)
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD) and brake assist
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Rearview camera
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Parking system plus (front and rear acoustic sensors)
  • Anti-theft alarm system with immobilizer and motion sensor

2021 Audi Q8 Final Verdict

Though the price tag is on the higher end of the segment, the offerings in the package are definitely worth the investment. You get the latest infotainment range with the experience of the Audi Virtual Cockpit and premium sound system by Bang & Olufsen. Significant changes have not been witnessed over the years with similar power numbers and AWD efficiency in terms of performance.

This means if power is your main concern, you can go for an older version and save money. Overall, the Audi Q8 SUV is a wholesome package with the right blend of performance, Luxury, and Practicality.

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