Luxury and authority accept their price. And for Audi’s better SUV, the Q8, that starts at $68,395.
Luckily, that includes commitment accuse — and to be honest, absolutely a lot else. Anticipate of this as the SUV adaptation of Audi’s adorned pants A8 sedan, which as a top-line archetypal you’d apprehend to be loaded.
The Q8 is a five-person affluence hauler with bulk of arch and legroom advanced and rear, additional a abundant burden breadth in back. This additionally is glassy attractive (for an SUV), giving it some personality, which again, you’d apprehend for this price.
My tester was a Daytona gray fair aftereffect Exceptional model. So, it’s the entry-level Q8 and it was a sparkly aphotic gray. Not blessed to be aloof that, it added addition $12,000 in options, but added on that in a bit.
First, this one was affluence quiet, acutely so. I anticipate I could absolutely apprehend association cerebration in the aback seat. Absolutely conversations are accessible in the Q8 as you altercate which European vacation you plan to booty abutting summer. If it includes Bratislava, Slovakia, you could watch workers accumulate a Q8.
The Audi’s ability is able and calmly delivered via a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 and an 8-speed Tiptronic automated suspension. The V6 boasts 335 application and a torque appraisement of 369. The alone time I witnessed any turbo lag was aback advancing out of turns and tromping the gas pedal adamantine to arch to artery speeds. Then there was a slight hiccup.
But you’ve got bristles drive modes to accept from, and Activating helped cut that ability lag as it insists on added advancing accouterment and pumps up the action agency from the V6. Added modes ambit from Comfort, which softens the ride and council effort, to Individual, Offroad and Automatic.
Yes, you could booty this off road. Audi’s quattro arrangement gives the Q8 off-road cred as it can about-face ability to any of the four auto if its computer suspects slippage at some wheel. Normally, it sends 60% of ability to the rear auto and 40% to the front.
Traction is no anguish and administration is acceptable too, alike on arced anchorage and highways. Council accomplishment is moderately firm, absolutely added in activating mode, but it’s easier in Comfort.
Ride additionally is beautifully controlled and ashen at aloof the appropriate time aback bonds over crumbling Midwest roads. I collection to burghal Chicago in this one and alike the Windy City’s inclement streets didn’t cockle my passengers.
Note too that the Q8 has a 48-volt balmy amalgam arrangement advised to bland the ability billow amid on and off in the start/stop arrangement that allegedly saves fuel. It was fine, but you still apprehension the on/off. With my artery afar to Chicago and back, I got 21 mpg — not bad for a 5,004-pound agent with four association aboard. The EPA ante this 17 mpg burghal and 22 mpg highway. Oh, and the Audi prefers exceptional fuel.
Inside, the Q8 delivers on its affluence promise, with bendable atramentous covering and gray ash copse trim. For looks, its appearance atramentous console, assemblage and birr face attending ritzy, but they reflect the sun absolutely a bit on brilliant days. Satin chrome trim on air ducts, knobs and aperture handles completes the somewhat adorned interior.
Gone is any camp radio and advice affability bulge on the console. Audi now appearance two soft-touch screens for infotainment/radio/climate controls/Google navigation. The acceptable news, this is all accessible to understand. The bad account is that like some added affluence makes touchscreens, both are touchy. By that I beggarly that you charge columnist the screens firmly, not aloof tap them (like a corpuscle phone) to move a ambience or admission a radio station.
The bifold temperature gauges additionally can be adapted college or lower by sliding a feel on the screen. But that tended to bang the acting up or bottomward by 4-8 degrees, so slight adjustments booty solid awning presses.
That said, this Bang & Olufsen stereo with 19 speakers is a honey that sounds abundant and afresh assures occupants that they are in a high-end vehicle.
Other autogenous assets accommodate a ability tilt/telescope council wheel, across-the-board sunroof and shade, and ability seats and lumbar support. Seats additionally are bendable and adequate and aloof agilely contoured. Advanced seats are acrimonious and cooled (the cooling allotment of a $4,000 advantage package). A $600 algid acclimate amalgamation acrimonious the rear seats and council caster too. Note that the rear bench aback additionally splits to bend bottomward in a 40/20/40 pattern, so it’s accessible to backpack two riders in aback while still folding bottomward allotment of the bench to booty continued cargo.
The advantage bales actuality additionally included that adorned stereo, a $100 upcharge for a CD/DVD player, aflame aperture sills, 4-zone altitude control, and behemothic 22-inch auto and tires.
Safety add-ons included adaptive cruise control, alive lane assist, cartage assurance recognition, top-view (360 degrees) camera, Audi ancillary and rear cross-traffic abetment and a arrangement that warns you it’s not safe to accessible a door. For instance you’ve anchored at a barrier and alpha to accessible a driver’s ancillary aperture as cartage approaches.
Standard are the accepted advancement camera, blind-spot admonishing and pre-sense arrangement that brakes at burghal speeds if it suspects a agent chock-full in your path. That should save a few visits to the auto anatomy shop.
Are there a few things to beef about? Sure, no amount the amount there are things I’d do differently. First, the A and B pillars are huge here, so ancillary angle are sometimes compromised. That’s why it’s acceptable you accept all these assurance devices. That, and the wireless buzz charger (glad there is one) is blimp central the big multi-level armrest amid the advanced seats. So you accept to accessible the armrest to acquisition it. Luckily, the car is acute abundant to acquaint you “your adaptable accessory is still in the car,” so you acceptable won’t balloon it already you about-face off the ignition.
And a few assets I haven’t gotten to yet. One, the Audi Q8 will tow absolutely a bit with a tow appraisement of 7,700 pounds. There’s additionally a ability bear in back, although it’s absolutely a ability to columnist the bottomward button already it’s absolutely opened. At atomic it’s boxy for us angular challenged folks.
The final amount tag for the optioned-up Q8 was $79,340, a exceptional amount to be sure. But there are two college amount models, the Exceptional Additional and Authority — the closing of which can hit about $100,000 aback absolutely quipped, but starts at $77,545.
There’s no agnosticism the Q8 is a high-end affluence ride for five. It looks the allotment and delivers on ride comfort, administration and power. The catechism is at what amount you can allow such luxury.
Overview: 2019 Audi Q8 quattro
Hits: Luxuriously quiet, with acceptable power, administration and ride, additional AWD. Behemothic sunroof, ability tilt/telescope wheel, ability hatch, bristles drive modes, affluence feel interior, cool stereo, loaded with assurance devices.
Misses: Engine hesitates aback accustomed gas suddenly, big A & B pillars, appearance atramentous console/stack/dash reflects sun, odd buzz charger placement, bad-tempered awning controls for radio/climate adjustments.
Made In: Bratislava, Slovakia
Engine: 3.0-liter, turbocharged V6, 335 horsepower
Transmission: 8-speed Tiptronic automatic
Weight: 5,004 lbs.
Length: 196.3 in.
Wheelbase: 117.9 in.
Tow: 7,700 lbs.
MPG: 17/22, 21.0 (tested)
Base Price: $68,395 (includes delivery)
Major Options: Daytona gray fair effect, $595
Premium Additional amalgamation (21-inch 5-spoke D architecture wheels/tires, Bang & Olufsen exceptional 3D complete system, aflame aperture sills, autogenous lighting package, 4-zone altitude controls, top appearance camera system, aerial advanced seats, 4-way ability lumbar, highbeam assist, wireless buzz charging and antenna, Audi ancillary assist/rear cross-traffic, agent avenue warning, Audi pre faculty rear, acrimonious auto. concealment ability bend ancillary mirrors w/memory), $4,000
Driver abetment amalgamation (adaptive cruise w/Traffic Jam assist, cartage assurance recognition, circle assist, Audi alive lane assist/emergency assist), $2,750
Year One amalgamation (22-inch bristles V-spoke brilliant auto in anthracite, all-season tires, atramentous roof rails, red calipers), $2,250
Towing package, $650
Cold acclimate amalgamation (heated council caster and rear seats), $600
CD/DVD player, $100
Test Vehicle: $79,340
Sources: Audi, Kelley Blue Book
Editor’s note: Mark Savage’s auto analysis column, Savage On Wheels, looks at a new agent every anniversary and tells consumers what’s good, what’s not so good, and how the agent fits into the marketplace.
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