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2020 Audi Q8 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Krishna Choubey Content Writer Updated on: December 6, 2019


Long back gone are the days when the term SUV used to pop an image of a boxy chamber on wheels with doors and glasses in our head. In today's raging market we are now used to seeing SUVs flaunting all sorts of style and trend. One such trend that SUVs have adhered to recently, is the coupe like sloping silhouette. Eliminating the third row of seats and compromising a bit with practicality for a stylish and sportier outfit is a growing inspiration among these days. One of the recent and most buzzed entrants to this exotic fashion league is the Audi Q8. Launched recently in the year 2019, the 2020 Audi Q8 model unsurprisingly remains the same as the previous year model apart from some minor changes in the standard features list.

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Pros

Exquisite styling

Top-notch fit and finish

Comfortable ride quality

Generous interior room

Cons

Prices soar up very quickly with options

What's New?

Updated standard instrumentation

DVD player completely scrapped off


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$68200

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

335 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

369 lbs.-ft. @ 1370 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

66.1/66.6

dimensions

wheelbase

117.9 in.

length

196.6 in.

width

78.5 in.

height

67.2 in.

curb weight

5004 lbs.

ground clearance

5.8 in.

capacity

cargo volume

60.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

7700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

6.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17//22 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited


Pictures

Exterior
 2020 Audi Q8 Front View  2020 Audi Q8 Rear View  2020 Audi Q8 Right Side View  2020 Audi Q8 Rear View  2020 Audi Q8 Left Side View
Interior
 2020 Audi Q8 Front Seats  2020 Audi Q8 Center Console  2020 Audi Q8 Front Seats  2020 Audi Q8 Cockpit Area  2020 Audi Q8 Cargo Area

Styles

 2020 Audi Q8 in Carrara White color  2020 Audi Q8 in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect color  2020 Audi Q8 in Dragon Orange Metallic color  2020 Audi Q8 in Florett Silver Metallic color  2020 Audi Q8 in Galaxy Blue Metallic color
Carrara 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.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Audi Q8 55 Premium

55 Premium

power
335hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium
mpg
20 combined

$68,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
55 Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $68,200 MSRP (17/20/22) 335hp @ 5000 rpm, 3 L, V-6, Premium
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 5

Expert Review


Bearing the highest numeric order in Audi’s line-up, the Q8 is Audi’s new flagship SUV and is based on the same platform as the Q7, although in a slightly smaller proportion with no third row of seats. However, the tight packaging brings along sharper curves and a bold yet elegant profile that very few other crossovers can match.

The Q8’s biggest USP is the way it looks. A long and wide body enwrapped with distinctive and imposing Audi flair upfront and a hump at the rear, striking body creases and a sloping roofline are enough ingredients to make rubber-necks turn around it. However, there's a lot more to the Q8 than what meets the eye. Step inside this flagship luxury SUV and you will be greeted with Audi’s best confluence of premiumness and technology. Having said this, the Q8 is not the only product in the market with such exotic commixture. At a price of around $70K, it will share the dance floor with some esteemed performers like the BMW X6, Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe and the very fresh Porsche Cayenne Coupe.

2020 Audi Q8 front view
2020 Audi Q8 front view
2020 Audi Q8 rear view
2020 Audi Q8 rear view

2020 Audi Q8 Features

When you buy a 2020 Audi Q8, you get to choose from three trim levels, the entry-level Premium, mid-range Premium Plus, and the fully-loaded Prestige. Prices for the three trims start at $68,200, $72,200 and $77,700 respectively. The Premium trim is very well loaded with luxury amenities but for an even higher degree of indulgence, you can upgrade to the higher trims which unbox enhanced suites of comfort and opulence. As of now, the Q8 is being offered with just a 3.0 Liter V6 that is standard across all trims. However, a more powerful SQ8 and the bonkers RS Q8 will be joining the party very soon.

Trims

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP

$68,200

$72,200

$77,700

Engine

3.0 Liter Turbo V6

3.0 Liter Turbo V6

3.0 Liter Turbo V6

Features

MMI touch response with dual center displays (10.1" upper and 8.6" lower) and Audi virtual cockpit plus with 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

Which trim to choose?

When you buy an SUV like the Q8, you would definitely want to stand out from the crowd. We recommend picking up the Q8 in the Prestige trim. At a price of $77,700, an extra premium of $9500 over the base Premium is worth every penny. The Q8 is a luxury flagship SUV and with the Prestige trim, the Q8 gets as extravagant as it could be. 

2020 Audi Q8 Engine

A 3.0 liter V6 making 335 horses and 369 ft-lbs of torque, might not seem enough for a flagship SUV but it is very comfortable in moving this 5000 lbs machine around town. The engine is also accompanied by a 48-volt hybrid assist system that aids the unnoticeable automatic start-up and stops. Power delivery is smooth and linear with an ample amount of torque, however, there is a slight hint of lag down the lower rpm range. Part of the engine's complaint is also shared by the 8- speed automatic transmission. 

2020 Audi Q8 engine
2020 Audi Q8 Engine

The transmission is smooth in its operation but is not as quick as the Porsche or the Beemer. In normal driving modes, it is very haste in upshifts and feels clumsy at times, mostly around city speeds and starting off from a stop. However the same is not true for highway cruising, where the powertrain seems very relaxed and composed, silently working in the background.

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

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed Tiptronic S

Horsepower (hp)

335

335

385

335

Torque (lb-ft)

369

330

384

332

The sluggishness of the powertrain is only visible in normal driving modes. Shift the Q8 into Dynamic mode and things change pretty quickly. The engine enlightens up and throttle response gets much sharper. Audi is also offering an individual mode with the Q8 for a more tailored driving experience.

How fast is it?

5000 lbs of weight riding on a 3.0 liter V6 with 335 horses is certainly not a sports car composition. The overall tuning and the hesitant transmission make the Q8 more of a relaxed highway cruiser than a brisk starter. However, living up to its sporty appeal, the 2020 Audi Q8 races from 0-60 miles in just 5.6 seconds which is quite impressive.

2020 Audi Q8 acceleration
2020 Audi Q8 races from 0-60 miles in just 5.6 seconds

Models

Audi Q8 Premium

BMW X6 sDrive40i

Mercedes GLE Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

0-60 MPH

5.6

5.2

5.1

5.7

Quarter mile

14.0

NA

13.7

14.2

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

9.2

8.0

9.3

8.8

The other three coupe SUVs in the competition are similarly equipped to the Q8 in terms of the power plant and they also weigh above 4600 lbs. However, in straight-line acceleration, the GLE 43 AMG, and the X6 top the list with their 5.1 and 5.2 seconds 0-60 mile run respectively. Better aerodynamics, slick transmission and a slightly lighter body than the Q8 is what makes these two cars quicker than the handsome Audi.

How does the Q8 Ride and Handle?

The 2020 Audi Q8 very well compensates for its occasionally blank powertrain by its impressive ride quality. Ride quality is smooth and silent with minimal noise and vibrations inside the cabin. The Audi Q8 drives just like a luxury flagship SUV should. The stiffer suspension that also gets active damping as standard is very nicely tuned and allows the Q8 to tackle corners with ease.

The optional adaptive dampers provide extra flexibility and added stability that keeps the body roll fairly under check. When dressed with the adaptive dampers, the Q8 glides over potholes and muddy terrains with utmost ease. However, the massive 22 inch wheels might be solid to look at, but they do invite some bumps inside the cabin on certain occasions.

There are also different driving modes available that retune the throttle response and adjust the adaptive dampers accordingly to the driving needs. The steering is lightweight which is surprising for an SUV this size but is very precise in its business. The fact that the steering has a great on-center feel, makes highway cruising much more delightful. 

Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system sends 60 percent of the power to the wheels on most occasions unless the front tires need more traction. This Quattro function reduces the nose-heaviness of the bulky Q8 and makes it much more nimble on the road. 

What about the Braking performance?

With 14.8 and 13.8 inches discs at the front and rear respectively, the 2020 is equipped with the largest set of discs among its rivals. All four corners are secured with ABS and the brakes in the Q8 are as wild as the car itself.

2020 Audi Q8 wheel
2020 Audi Q8 is equipped with the largest set of discs among its rivals

The pedal feels very firm with no signs of brake fade and it rewards the driver with maximum confidence even during worst braking circumstances.

Models

Audi Q8 Premium

BMW X6 sDrive40i

Mercedes GLE Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Brake Front (in.)

14.8

13.7

13.8

13.8

Brake Rear (in.)

13.8

12.6

13.0

13.0

60-0 MPH (ft)

113

NA

NA

NA

We could not get the complete braking data of the other three vehicles in the competition, but the Q8’s stopping distance of just 113 feet from 60-0 is simply outstanding for a vehicle this heavy.

2020 Audi Q8 Fuel Economy

It's very likely that most of the prospective buyers buyers of the Q8 wouldn't even consider its mpg output. Well, for those who do, the Q8 is not the most promising among its segment. A combined fuel economy of 19 mpg is similar to the GLE 43 and the Cayenne Coupe but is slightly lower than the X6’s 23.

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

The Q8’s 19 mpg combined doesn't seem too big a grouse considering its hefty mass. If Audi updates the 8-speed automatic transmission with a faster and more efficient one, the Q8 should be then able to deliver more solid mpg figures.

2020 Audi Q8 Interior

The Q8 is a luxury SUV coming from Audi and is soaked in opulence just as it should. The dashboard is soaked in soft-touch leather and also gets contrast stitching that goes very well with the interiors. The standard leather seats are all-day comfortable and also greets occupants with decent all-around room. Talking about seats, the front chairs are very well padded and offer great comfort and support, whereas the rear bench has a very healthy recline angle. 

2020 Audi Q8 Seating
2020 Audi Q8 SUV's standard leather seats are all-day comfortable

The base Premium’ trim gets heated eight-way power front seats and four-way power lumbar adjustment for driver. However, the top Prestige trim can be equipped with up to 18-way heated and ventilated power individual contour comfort front seats including power lumber, adjustment seat memory, and massage functions. Also available is an optional Cold weather’ package that brings in heated rear seats along with heated three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles.

Models

Audi Q8 Premium

BMW X6 sDrive40i

Mercedes GLE Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.2/59.5/41.7

39.3/60.0/40.4

39.2/58.5/40.3

NA

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.1/58.5/40.2

37.5/57.7/35.7

37.8/58.4/38.4

NA

Since the Q8’s exterior silhouette is not as dramatic as the other three contenders, it does have some edges over its rivals. With Audi’s thoughtful interior placements and the chopped rear seats, the Q8 offers a better rear-seat room than its rivals. Further enhancing the occupant's comfort, the rear seats can also be slid back and forth by 5.1 inches for even better room.

How good is the Infotainment system?

The Audi Q8 gets the familiar minimalistic interior layout and infotainment system that is also seen in the latest generation of other Audi’s. Gone are the knobs and buttons, and there is a pair of screens slashed right in the middle of the dashboard. A 10.1-inch upper screen regulates almost all the multimedia stuff along with navigation, while the lower 8.6 inches takes care of the climate controls and seat adjustments. The infotainment system is intuitive to operate and the menu, as well as icons, are very neatly laid out. The graphics are very crisp and clear. However, the shiny glass surface does invite some unwanted glare.

2020 Audi Q8 infotainment display
2020 Audi Q8's 12.3 inch fully digital virtual cockpit is standard

Audi’s 12.3 inch fully digital virtual cockpit is standard and it aids the driver with a multitude of information. Also part of the standard feature tray is 4G LTE mobile hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. For audiophiles, there is a 10-speaker audio system in the Premium, whereas the Premium Plus and Prestige get the booming 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium sound system.

What features to expect on the inside?

The Q8 can be considered as the flagship SUV of brand Audi. With that in mind, Audi has embellished a plethora of features on the inside of the Q8. 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
  • 18- way power, heated and ventilated individual contour comfort front seats including power lumber, adjustment seat memory and massage functions
  • 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system.
  • Heated rear seats

Can the Q8 carry a lot of Cargo?

The Q8 shares its wheelbase with the Q7, but its dynamic design incorporates a body length that is shorter than the Q7 even with the third row scraped off. The 2020 Q8 offers a cargo area of 28.6 cu-ft behind the second row which is smaller than the Q7 but fairly considerable among its class.

2020 Audi Q8 Cargo space
The 2020 Audi Q8 offers a cargo area of 28.6 cu-ft behind the second row

The loading bay isn't that low and it will be easier to put luggage and goods in the cargo area. The remote closing cargo door, adds to the convenience of loading stuff in the Q8.

Models

Audi Q8 Premium

BMW X6 sDrive40i

Mercedes GLE Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft) All seats in place

28.6

27.4

23.0

22.0

Cargo Volume (cu-ft) Rear seats folded

67.5

59.6

60.7

54.3

When compared to its rivals, the Audi Q8 surpasses them all very comfortably in terms of cargo area. The Q8 is not only the most generous in the standard cargo compartment but also in terms of space with the rear seats folded down. A comparatively longer body than its rivals, coupled with a slightly unconservative coupe style with a small hump at the rear, gives the Q8 a certain edge over its rivals.

2020 Audi Q8 interior
2020 Audi Q8 interior
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2020 Audi Q8
2020 Audi Q8 steering
2020 Audi Q8 steering
2020 Audi Q8 center console
2020 Audi Q8 center console
2020 Audi Q8 sunroof
2020 Audi Q8 sunroof
2020 Audi Q8 rear seat
2020 Audi Q8 rear seat

2020 Audi Q8 Exterior

Talking about the Q8’s exterior design, well, you won't be able to avert your gaze once you spot this beauty. Audi’s entire product range does have a significant linearity in its exterior sheet, but the new Q8 breaks away from that trend. Compared to the humble and conservative Q7, on which it is based, the Q8 is more sleek, stylish and aggressive. The Q8 also incorporates some familiar body lines, but the fact that it is 3.0 inches shorter in length to the Q7 integrated with a curvy roofline gives it a very distinctive persona.

2020 Audi Q8 Side view
2020 Audi Q8 Side View

A distended front fender and a giant grille with vertical slats add some anger to its face and the massive wheel arches housing the monstrous 20-inch wheels further accentuates its masculinity. With the optional wheel package, the rims can further be updated to 21 inches on the Premium and 22 on the Premium Plus and Prestige, respectively.

Also available are the ‘S Line Style’ and ‘S Line Plus’ packages that add S Line badges at the fender and the illuminated door sill inlays along with red brake calipers. The ‘S Line Plus’ also unlocks the ‘Black optic exterior package’ that brings along, a Singleframe grille mask, roof rails, side window surrounds and front/rear bumper trim. As far as the lighting units are concerned, they are again composed of high-tech lighting elements just like other Audi products.

Models

Audi Q8 Premium

BMW X6 sDrive40i

Mercedes GLE Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

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

Track width (in) F/R

66.1/66.6

NA

65.1/65.9

66.0/65.8

Curb weight (lbs)

5004

4687

4960

4663

It's the exterior appeal that makes the Q8 completely stand out among its competitors. Its coupe attire is not as tightly buttoned as in the X6, GLE Coupe and the Cayenne Coupe. A wide and muscular nose along with precisely carved curves give it a stylish and sturdy SUV look rather than the controversial full-blown Coupe SUV look.

What are the most notable 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 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 roof spoiler
  • Headlight washers
  • Power soft-closing doors 
  • 22” inch 5-arm design wheels
2020 Audi Q8
2020 Audi Q8
2020 Audi Q8 front view
2020 Audi Q8 front view
2020 Audi Q8 rear view
2020 Audi Q8 rear view
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2020 Audi Q8
2020 Audi Q8
2020 Audi Q8

2020 Audi Q8 Safety

You expect a premium vehicle like the 2020 Audi Q8 to be as aptly equipped with safety features as is its design and build quality. Unsurprisingly, the Audi Q8 doesn't disappoint. With all the numerous advanced electronics and features this stylish Audi also incorporates some state-of-the-art safety features, that include -

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

2020 Audi Q8 Competition

Audi Q8 vs BMW X6 sDrive40i

The BMW X6 was the first vehicle that sparked off the trend of ‘Coupe’ SUVs and is indeed the strongest competitor to the Q8. It has a very well built premium interior, a blasting engine, and a long list of standard features as well. The X6 also features a better transmission than the Q8 and also provides impressive handling and ride quality. However, where it lags behind the Q8 is practicality and design. The Q8 has a much better road presence along with an airy interior and a better cargo bay.

2020 BMW X6
2020 BMW X6

Audi Q8 vs Mercedes GLE Coupe

The GLE coupe is more like a hit and a miss composition. Yes, it has a premium build quality, powerful engine, and extensive tech features. Where the Merc disappoints is the non-talkative steering and its handling. The GLE coupe’s powertrain is not as enthusiastic as the Q8 and its body mass is more evident than the Q8 around corners. Overall, the Q8 is a better handling and more driveable car along with better looks and enhanced interior space. Finally, it has a much bigger cargo area than the Merc.

2020 Mercedes Benz GLE
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Audi Q8 vs Porsche Cayenne Coupe

One of the latest entrants to the ‘Coupe’ SUV league is the Porsche Cayenne coupe and this thing is a very serious contender in its segment. Carrying the Porsche’s heritage, no doubt it has a top-notch build quality and a peppier engine. In contrast to the Q8’s character which is more oriented towards comfort, the Cayenne Coupe is more dynamic and performance-oriented. Compared to the Q8, the Cayenne Coupe is more fun to drive machine with its energetic powertrain and agile handling. However, the Q8 aces ahead of the Porsche in terms of exterior design and practicality.

2020 Porsche Cayenne
2020 Porsche Cayenne

 

2020 Audi Q8 Final Verdict

If you are out in the market, looking for a luxury SUV with a very high sense of style, opulence, and comfort, the Q8 is the one where your search should end. Apart from its eye-catching exterior design, the Q8 also offers one of the finest interiors in its class along with all-day comfortable ride quality.