model. 2020 Audi Q8 Quattro
price. $68,395 (incl $995 destination)
as tested. $88,690 (incl dest)
seating/style. 5-passenger/luxury mid-size SUV
powertrain.3.0-liter V-6 with 335HP
transmission. 8-speed automatic
driveline. Quattro AWD
fuel economy. 17/21/18 city/hwy/comb
words. Rebecca Lindland
visuals. Rebecca Lindland
Comparing the Audi Q8 and Q7 is a bit like Prince Harry to Prince William. Prince Harry has all the perks but fewer pressures than a king-in-waiting. The Q8 has similar features, capabilities, and the power of its larger, more dignified sibling, the Q7, but with its sexy rakish roofline and five instead of seven seats, the Q8 is all sorts of fun. It’s great for smaller households or stylish singles with places to go.
The Q8 is 3” shorter than the Q7. Both feature a 3.0-liter V6 engine with 335HP and an 8-speed transmission, but the Q8 clocks 0-60 in 5.6 seconds, a tenth of a second faster. The legroom is similar, but the rear has more room since it doesn’t need to accommodate the third row. The noted roofline does cut into hauling square stuff like a large dog carrier or a big box.
The Q8 is fun to drive, with a dynamic, engaging ride and handling and a clean, weighted steering experience. The infotainment system is intuitive and features Audi’s concentration on cool tech. The bolstered seats are comfortable, and ingress/egress is easy. Overall, the Q8 is just a sharp, sexy, graceful beast of an AWD crossover.