2022 Audi SQ8

MSRP $40,000 Est.

Ranked #16 in Midsize Suv

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2022 Audi SQ8 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 4, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Since its launch, the Audi SQ8 has been an SUV that had earned the name for itself for being the budget Lamborghini Urus, and that’s no bad thing. Sharing the underpinning with the latter, the SQ8 is one of the sportiest V8-powered SUVs in Audi's line-up. In its third model year since launch, the 2022 Audi SQ8 is expected to arrive with minor updates which include an updated driver assistance kit, standard carbon fiber interior trims, optional red calipers, and an updated list of packages.

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Pros

Standard equipment

Futuristic insides

Spacious cabin

Cons

Counterintuitive touch displays

Fingerprint prone surfaces

Low fuel economy

What's New?

Updated driver assistance package

Carbon fiber interior trims

Updated optional packages

Optional red brake calipers


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$40000

bodystyle

dr SUV

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$40,000 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Audi SQ8 in Carrara White color
Carrara White

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Since there are no major changes, the 2022 Audi SQ8 will be offered in the same two trims that it came in the previous years. The base trim starts at just over 90 grand with a standard V8 engine and 8-speed automatic being the sole drivetrain option available across the trims. An AWD system will also come in as standard fitment. Once launched, the SQ8 is expected to share the market space with the BMW X6 M50i, the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53, and the Porsche Cayenne S Coupe.

2022 Audi SQ8 Features

Since the Audi SQ8 is going only through a spec update this year, the Trimline will more or less stay the same as the previous year. The range gets split into two trims namely the premium Plus and the Prestige trims. The entry-level Premium Plus trim would start at around $90,100 while the fully-loaded Prestige trim would push the pricing to slightly over $96,000. Both the trims will be offered in a similar drivetrain configuration and the Audi Quattro all-wheel-drive system will come in as standard. Adaptive air suspension and all-wheel steering also come in as a part of the standard package.

Coming to the equipment list, Audi is expected to leave out nothing. For starters, the base trim will come on 21” inch wheels and will get the complete LED treatment for exterior lighting including dynamic rear blinkers. On the inside, a 12.3” digital instrument cluster,10.1 in multimedia touchscreen, and an 8.6-inch climate control display will come in as standard. Seats come upholstered in Volcano leather and the front seats get heating and ventilation function. Additional creature comfort features like customizable ambient lighting, 4-zone climate control, and a premium audio system do raise the overall appeal of the SUV.

Trim

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP(RWD)

$90,100

$96,000

Key features

Full LED headlamps and taillamps with dynamic turn signals.

All features in Premium Plus trim

 

21" 10-V-spoke S design bi-color finish wheels

Driver Assistance package

 

Heated and ventilated front seats with power adjustability.

Heads-up-display

 

Valcona leather seats with contrast diamond stitching and S embossing

Heated rear seats

 

Leather-wrapped steering with S emblem( Power adjustable and heated)

Extended leather package

 

4-zone Automatic climate control

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

 

Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System

Power rear sunblinds

 

12.3” Audi virtual cockpit

 

 

Audi MMI Navigation system with 10.1” touchscreen

 

 

Power tailgate

 

 

Panoramic Sunroof

 

Which trim should you buy?

In the case of the 2022 SQ8, there is not a whole lot of money separating the two trims. If it were our money, we would definitely put in on the Prestige trim over the Premium Plus cause, for around 6 grand more, you are getting an upgrade on both the safety and comfort departments. Features such as an advanced driver assistance package, heads-up display, matrix LED headlights, power rear sunblinds, and heated rear seats do add an additional layer of safety and convenience. So if you are someone willing to spend this kind of money on an SUV, you better get the best one especially when there are no big voids between the pricing of the individual trims.

2022 Audi SQ8 Release date

Since most of Audi’s lineup has gone through the 2022 model year transition silently, expect the SQ8 to also go through the same quite soon. Based on what we know, the SQ8 will be available for configuration sometime in the third quarter of this year with deliveries expected to commence toward the fourth quarter of this year.

2022 Audi SQ8 Engine and Performance

The 2022 SQ8 will come housing the same 4.0L twin-turbo V8 motor as the previous model year. The figures on the paper will also remain the same, with a rated output of 500 hp and 568lb-ft of torque at the crank. The power will be sent through an 8-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels with Audi’s acclaimed Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The drivetrain feels really punchy and you get most of the torque from as low as 2000 rpm. Coupled with Audi’s trusty Quattro system, the SQ8 is expected to pin you to the seats every time you go hard on the throttle.

2022 Audi SQ8 Engine Bay

All this mechanical grip translates to a 0-60 time of just 4.3 seconds, which in our opinion is mind-blowing for a 5,300 pound SUV. The SQ8 pulls really hard in the mid-range and is a machine capable of crossing the quarter-mile mark in just 12.2 seconds, which is one of the fastest we have tested. Give it a free stretch and the SQ8 will touch its electronically limited 130 mph with ease. For extra money and a set of better-performing tires, this SUV is capable of going over 155mph, but we recommend you not do that.

Models

2022 Audi SQ8*

2021 BMW X6 M50i

Mercedes GLE 53 Coupe

2021 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe

MSRP

$91,100

$86,250

$72,350

$91,900

Engine

4.0L twin-turbo V8

4.4L twin-turbo V8

3.0L inline-6 turbo with EQ Boost

3.0L twin-turbo V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed Tiptronic

Power (hp @ RPM

500hp @ 55000rpm

523hp @ 5500rpm

429hp @ 6100rpm

434hp @ 570 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

568lb-ft @ 2000rpm

553 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

384 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

405 lb-ft @ 1800rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

4.3

4.1

5.2

4.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

12.3

12.2

13.4

13.6

Top-Speed (MPH)

130

130

130

163

*2021 MY data were taken for reference

As the figures suggest, the higher output and lower curb weight has helped the BMW X6 M50i to come out as the fastest SUV in this comparison posting a blistering 4.1 second 60 mile an hour sprint and passing the quarter-mile in just 12.2 seconds. The Audi does manage to post similar times despite the weight disadvantage, thanks to its well-sorted launch control system and higher torque output. Porsche does post a respectable time of 4.7 seconds overcoming the massive power handicap with its lightweight chassis while the GLE 53 falls to the back of the pack with the slowest times in this comparison.

How well does the 2022 Audi SQ8 handle?

 Audi had to find a workaround to hide this mass and they definitely have, thanks to the adaptive air suspension system onboard. Based on our experience with the outgoing model, there is really nothing to complain about the handling of this behemoth knowing that it weighs in excess of 5,300 pounds. The light wheel and the all-wheel steering definitely need praise for making the footprint of this SUV feel way shorter than it actually is.

2022 Audi SQ8 Driving View

 Doing near trip digit speeds on the freeways is a walk in the park for the SQ8. The steering weighs up nicely and there is an overall sense of stability to it. Show it some corners and you would be surprised at how it hooks up despite all this weight. The adaptive dampers working in tandem with the intelligent torque vectoring Quattro system surely do their magic. The 40-60 torque split between the axles and the ability to send most of the torque to one wheel does enhance the cornering agility making it go around corners at speeds we never thought it could.

2022 Audi SQ8 Braking Performance

The 2022 Audi will come as standard with a pair of 15.8-inch rotors at the front and 13.8 rotors at the rear. We do not have any official figures on the stopping distances but the 6-piston front calipers do offer some great bite. The tires do scream for traction and the stability control systems cut it abruptly when you put your foot down for an emergency. The SUV stops in one piece and the well-sorted electronic dampers do prevent the nose from digging in, giving you the kind of confidence you expect. We would have loved it if the pedals had a bit more feedback to them, but that is not complaining about its ability to shed speed.

Models

2022 Audi SQ8*

2021 BMW X6 M50i

2021 Mercedes GLE 53 Coupe

2021 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

15.8

15.6

15.8

15.4

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.8

14.6

13.6

14.1

Curb Weight (lbs)

5324

5115

5082

4725

60-0 (feet)

NA

NA

NA

NA

*2021 MY data were taken for reference

 Porsche Cayenne S coupe, being the lightest car in this comparison manages to better the competition when it comes to braking even though it has got the smallest front rotors here. The BMW follows close by with the better hardware and then comes the Mercedes. The SQ8 does fall short of the competition when it comes to braking performance owing to its higher curb weight and small rear brake size.

2022 Audi SQ8 Fuel Economy

Big and powerful V8 engines are not engines known for their efficiency especially when you have two turbos breathing in air and there is a whole lot of weight to carry around. The 2022 SQ8 is expected to return around 17 mpg in regular driving conditions, which for us, falls into the average category. 

With a maximum expected fuel economy number of 21 mpg on the highways, the 2022 Audi SQ8 will take you about 472.5 miles before its 22.5-gallon tank runs out of gas. Also, the 15 mpg average economy within city limits is one of the lowest figures we have ever extracted from a car of this class, most probably owing to the full-time engaged Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

Models

2022 Audi SQ8*

2021 BMW X6 M50i

2021 Mercedes GLE 53 Coupe

2021 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe

MPG (City)

15

18

18

18

MPG (Highway)

21

22

22

22

MPG (Combined)

17

16

20

19

Tank Capacity (Gallons)

22.5

21.9

22.5

23.7

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

337.5/472.5/382.5

394.2/481.8/350.4

405/495/450

426.6/521.4/450.3

*2021 MY data were taken for reference

The Mercedes GLE Coupe with its E-boost tech and smaller engine manages to eke out a win when it comes to individual economy figures. Also, its comparatively larger tank and higher efficiency figures help it pull off the best-combined range of 450 miles. The Porsche, with figures identical to the Mercedes, manages to return the best tank range in this comparison owing to its big 23.7-gallon fuel tank. The Audi and the BMW both trade blows in this case with the SQ8 returning the worst city mileage in this comparison, managing just 15mpg on a good day. The X6 M50i here is able to strike balance, managing fuel economies comparable to best in this comparison despite sporting the biggest and most powerful engine here.

2022 Audi SQ8 Interior

The 2022 Audi SQ8 should follow the design language and layout of current generation premium end products, ditching all physical buttons and knobs in favor of touchscreen. Even though it feels a bit overdone you can’t deny the fact that these cars have some of the coolest and cleanest looking interiors in the business. The volcano leather seat looks and feels sublime while the heating and ventilation functions add extra versatility. With 41.6 inches of legroom and 59.5 inches of shoulder available at your disposal, getting cozy on those seats won't be a big task. Also, the steering wheel falls into hand quite easily and the power adjustments mean that you get the perfect setting in a jiffy.

2022 Audi SQ8 Dashboard

 The 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is crisp, easy to configure, and very functional. It is easily the best configuration we have come across. The slightly slanted center console houses the infotainment screen and the screen for the climate control system. It looks cool when everything lights up when you press the ignition button. But that’s where all the fun parts about this are. In addition to the fact that these controls feel complicated, these screens get a lot of glare during the day and the display takes on a lot of fingerprints. So make sure that you carry a piece of cloth as it will need a wipe down every single day if you are someone who frequently fiddles with the controls. The rear seats are very big and offer a good amount of leg and shoulder room. At 31 cu-ft., the truck is not the largest we have seen but does fit in 3 medium-sized travel bags with ease.

Models

2022 Audi SQ8*

2021 BMW X6 M50i

2021 Mercedes GLE 53 Coupe

2021 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.1/59.5/41.6

39.3/60/40.4

40.5/59.3/40.3

NA

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.1/58.5/40.2

39.3/57.7/35.7

36.9/58.3/40.9

NA

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

31

45.5

33.3

22

*2021 MY data were taken for reference

When it comes to overall seating space, the 2022 Audi SQ8 is expected to lead the class offering its occupant an abundance of leg and shoulder room on both rows. The Mercedes and BMW follow close by offering similar amounts of space in the front row while the BMW takes a fall when it comes to rear legroom, measuring in at just 35.7-inches. 

For that compromise in legroom, BMW strikes back with the biggest boot in this comparison measuring in at a whopping 45.5 cu-ft, which is at least 12 cu ft. bigger than its competition. The Porsche GTS, with its tighter proportions, falls to the bottom of the game when it comes to usable cabin space. Some standout cabin features expected on the new model year are

  • 12.3-inch Audi Virtual cockpit
  • 10.1-inch infotainment screen and 8.6-inch HVAC control screen
  • Volcano leather upholstery with S embossing
  • Powered front seats with heating and ventilation
  • Heated rear seats (prestige)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with S emblem and paddle shifters.
  • Power adjustable steering column.
  • Interior ambient lighting.

What’s there to keep you entertained?

A 10.1-inch central infotainment system and an 8.6-inch HVAC control screen below it would be the attention-grabbing feature inside the cabin, like in previous years. Even though the interface is a bit tough to navigate through, it feels really smooth and the animations look pretty cool. Wired Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay come in as standard with the SUV. The wireless charging dock makes sure that you don’t drain your phone using these features and the screen itself feels pretty ergonomically placed.

2022 Audi SQ8 Infotainment System

What we are not fans of, is the lower HVAC screen. It feels more or less like a gimmick and requires you to take your eyes off the road for even the basic controls. Also, these glossy screens do collect a lot of dust while fingerprints are inevitable. In addition, the standard car comes equipped with a 17-speaker Bang and Olufsen 3D Audi system capable of 730 watts of output. The Prestige trim comes with a 19 speaker unit with inbuilt amplifiers that maxes out at 1,820 Watts. Some of the infotainment features expected of the 2022 SQ8 are;

  • 10.1-inch touchscreen with Audi MMI
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Wired Android Auto
  • Handwriting input
  • Natural voice processing
  • 17-speaker Bang and Olufsen Premium Audio system
  • Navigation and real-time traffic updates

2022 Audi SQ8 Exterior

The 2022 Audi SQ8 will carry over the bodywork of the current model year SUV with little or no changes done. We think it is a great idea as the current SUV looks menacing enough and the addition of any design element would be overdoing things. The massive front grille and that big air intake on either side of the bumper give it a prominent stance and exude a sporty outlook. The slim LED headlamps do complement that approach and make the front end much more aggressive. The sharp lines do continue to the rear slim wraparound taillamps with the dynamic blinkers adding a bit of sophistication. A pair of big chrome-tipped tailpipes at either side of the faux scuff plates showcase the sporting credentials.

2022 Audi SQ8 Three Quarter View

As far as equipment goes, expect the 2022 SQ8 to ride on 21” wheels as standard. Exterior lights are all LEDs and you could even get the HD matrix lights with full animation if you go for the higher Prestige trim. Power moonroof, automatic tailgate, and power auto-dimming exterior mirrors, auto-wipers with heated jets, roof rails all come in as a part of the standard package. Audi also offers a black optic package for $2,200 which takes the wheel sizes up to 22 inches and everything that has been done in chrome and grey colors, gets blackened out.

Models

2022 Audi SQ8*

2021 BMW X6 M50i

2021 Mercedes GLE 53 Coupe

2021 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe

Curb Weight (lb)

5324

5115

5082

4725

Length (inches)

196.6

194.8

194.4

194.2

Width (inches)

78.5

78.9

79.3

78.1

Height (inches)

62.7

66.8

70.2

66

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.7

NA

NA

NA

Wheelbase (inches)

117.9

117.1

117.9

114

*2021 MY data were taken for reference

There is no running away from the fact that the SQ8 is the hefty one of the lot. Also, the Audi is the longest SUV here with the longest wheelbase and overall length. Even though the plus-size does compromise slightly in performance and economy, it offers the best cabin room in this comparison. 

Both the BMW and Mercedes manage to squeeze in similar wheelbases despite the reduced overall length. The GLE 53 is also the tallest one here. The Porsche, being the smallest car here, does benefit from it when it comes to performance and agility, but fails to bring in the practicality and comfort levels of the competition. Some standout features expected on the 2022 Audi SQ8 are;

  • 21” 10 V-spoke S design wheels
  • Full LED headlamps with automatic high beams.
  • LED taillamps with dynamic blinkers.
  • Chrome tipped dual exhaust mufflers.
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Power liftgates
  • Rear Fog Lamps
  • Perimeter/approach lights

2022 Audi SQ8 Safety

The 2022 SQ8 will undoubtedly be one of the safest SUVs in this category. Sharing its underpinnings with the regular Q8, the 2022 SQ8 will come out with excellent safety scores if tested. As of that, the 2021 Q8 was awarded all 5 stars by the NHTSA and was also rated a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. 

Besides the structural integrity, Audi has left no stones unturned when it comes to loading the SUV with its comprehensive list of passive safety and driver assistance features. If that doesn’t suffice you, Audi also sells optional driver assistance packages at $1,750 which includes adaptive cruise assist, intersection assist, and a traffic sign recognition system. Some safety features expected to come in as standard on the 2022 Audi SQ8 are;

  • Top view camera
  • Audi Pre Sense; Front and Rear
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind Spot detection
  • Lane departure warning
  • Front collision-mitigation system
  • Tire pressure warning
  • Audi side assist blind-spot detection system

2022 Audi SQ8 Competition

2022 Audi SQ8 vs 2021 BMW X6 M50i

The BMW X6 M50i is the affordable car in comparison here. Moreover, it does pack in a lot more punch from the engine side and surprisingly is also an economical machine. Also, driving back to back, the BMW does offer better driver involvement and the steering also feels more consistent. The only place where the SQ8 stands a chance of beating the BMW is with its futuristic cabin and seating room, both of which in no way feels like a deal-breaker in the BMW. So if we were the one to opt, keeping the keywords performance and fun as the primary need, saving 4 grand and going for the X6 M50i would be our obvious way.

2021 BMW X6 M50i Three Quarter View

 2022 Audi SQ8 vs 2021 Mercedes GLE 53 Coupe

If it's all-out performance and numbers that you are after, then there is no replacement for the SQ8. At this price and in this comparison, the Mercedes-Benz GLE 53 does feel a bit too casual both in terms of performance and feel. Even though the Merc does have a lower price tag, a luxurious cabin, and an economical drivetrain in its favor, the SQ8 will be the way to go given the primary motives of this class, which is pure performance.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 53 Three Quarter View

 2022 Audi SQ8 vs 2021 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe

Both cars stand identical when it comes to pricing. The few things separating them is performance, agility, practicality, and brand recognition. If you want the best performance coupled with top practicality, the SQ8 will be the only way to go. Or else, if it’s the best possible dynamics and the brand that is getting you, then the Porsche Cayenne S coupe will serve you better.

2021 Porsche Cayenne S Three Quarter View

2022 Audi SQ8 Final Verdict

No doubt that the Audi SQ8 is one of those SUVs that could put a smile on your face and we are not joking around when we say this. The sheer brutality with which it launches and the kind of noises it makes from the exhaust does give it a raw feel. The chassis is pretty much sorted and the handling is commendable for an SUV that weighs this much. You are most definitely getting a Urus experience here for less than half the price, which is not a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination. 

At the same time, with one of the most futuristic and spacious cabins in its category, the SQ8 stands on a different league of its own. That said, if fun is your priority, which probably is when going for one of these SUVs, remember one thing. Many other SUVs offer similar or even better experiences behind the wheel at much lesser starting prices, and that is where the SQ8 gets hit.