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
The Audi Q7 and Q8 remind me of Gisele Bündchen and her twin sister, Patricia. Both are gorgeous, but Gisele has the pressure of being a supermodel. Patricia benefits, but without the harsh limelight. The Q8 has similar features, capabilities, and power of its larger, more famous sibling, the Q7, but with its sexy rakish roofline and five versus seven seats, the Q8’s 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 accommodate the third row. The noted roofline does cuts into hauling square stuff like a large dog carrier or a big box.
Ingress and egress is easy, and the Q8 is fun to drive, with comfortable, bolstered seats, a dynamic ride and handling, and a satisfying, weighted steering experience. The infotainment system is intuitive and features Audi’s concentration on cool tech. Overall, the Q8 is a sharp, sexy, beautiful beast of a Quattro crossover.