Top 2019 Audi Q8 Review and Release date
We believe the Premium Plus trim provides the best value. It comes with larger wheels, a premium sound system, and a few more safety features you’ll likely want. Look to get the Driver Assistance package as well. It adds all of the Q8’s available safety features, including adaptive cruise control.
Audi’s Q7 is undoubtedly a practical three-row SUV, but maybe you find it to be a bit plain Jane when compared against sleeker rivals such as the Land Rover Range Rover or Porsche Cayenne. If that’s the case, Audi has come up with a solution: the new 2019 Audi Q8.
To ensure the Q8’s status as the brand’s top-of-the-line SUV, it features muscular exterior styling plus a few new technical innovations. The Q8’s standard powertrain features a turbocharged V6 engine and a 48-volt mild hybrid system. This engine produces 335 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque, and the mild hybrid system ensures quick and smooth engine startup plus more power when accelerating off the line.
As you might expect from Audi, all versions of the Q8 come with all-wheel drive. Also standard is an adaptive suspension system that should provide an impressively smooth ride over a variety of road surfaces. Optionally, you can equip the Q8 with air suspension, which provides a greater range of comfort and handling abilities.
Inside, you’ll find a premium cabin highlighted by Audi’s latest MMI infotainment system. Just like on the A8, it features two touchscreens angled toward the driver, and they work via multi-touch gestures and handwriting recognition for inputs and operation. Compared to the related Q7, however, the Q8 isn’t as practical. It has less interior volume and lacks the option for a third-row seat.
Is the Q8 perfect for large families? Probably not. But if you want a stylish and luxurious SUV that’s loaded up with technology, the 2019 Audi Q8 is a great pick.
2019 Audi Q8 configurations
The 2019 Audi Q8 is a luxury five-seat, two-row SUV that comes standard with all-wheel-drive, adaptive suspension, and many safety features and infotainment functions. It’s available in three trims, and even the base Premium model comes well-equipped. The Premium Plus includes additional active safety equipment, while the Prestige offers additional technology features.
The Q8 is currently available with only one engine: a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that produces 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 48-volt mild hybrid system enhances stop-start functionality while giving the Q8 a little extra push off the line. An all-wheel-drive system is standard and features a rear-biased 60/40 torque split to provide a sportier feel when accelerating out of turns.
Standard feature highlights for the Premium trim include 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, an adaptive suspension, keyless ignition and entry, a hands-free liftgate, a panoramic sunroof, automatic wipers, and forward collision warning with low-speed automatic braking.
Inside you’ll find a Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster display, three-zone automatic climate control, leather seating, a 40/20/40-split rear seat that slides and reclines, heated front seats, and driver-seat memory settings.
Infotainment duties are handled by Audi’s new MMI system, which features two touchscreens. The larger 10.1-inch display is used for navigation and entertainment functions, while the lower 8.6-inch display is used for climate control, vehicle functions and handwriting input. You also get a navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 10-speaker sound system.
Premium Plus models ride on 21-inch wheels and add more luxury features such as front-seat ventilation, four-zone climate control, a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, additional LED ambient lighting, illuminated scuff plates, and a wireless phone charger. Other standard safety equipment includes blind-spot monitoring and Audi’s Pre Sense rear system that helps mitigate the effects of a rear-end collision.
Prestige models come with several luxury features, such as a head-up display, Matrix-style LED lights, extended leather upholstery, touch-sensitive controls, and the contents of the Driver Assistance package (adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, intersection assist, and traffic sign recognition).
Other Q8 options include a Cold Weather package (heated rear seats and heated steering wheel), an Adaptive Chassis package (air suspension and rear-wheel steering) and a Towing package. For the Prestige only, Audi offers a Luxury package that includes upgraded leather upholstery and multicontour front seats with massage.
Additional stand-alone options include 22-inch wheels, a night-vision system, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and rear side airbags.
Edmunds has not yet driven any version of this vehicle. The following is our first take on what’s significant about it and what you can expect.
Thanks to its standard adaptive suspension and adjustable drive modes, we expect the Q8 to excel in a variety of situations. Acceleration should be similar to what you get from the Q7, which means a 0-60 mph time in the high 5-second range.
Big tires generally result in a noisy or harsh ride over rough surfaces, but we expect the Q8 to be sufficiently comfortable for a luxury SUV. Audi’s automatic climate control systems generally work well, but we’re not sure how easy it will be to operate the new interface.
The interior dimensions are similar to those of the Q7. There’s no third-row seat, but there’s plenty of room in the second row. The new dual-screen infotainment system, however, can be distracting to use. We prefer Audi’s previous-generation MMI system.
Audi says the Q8 has the most cargo space in its class, but we’re not sure which class the company is talking about because even the Q7 with the third row folded down has more cargo room. When equipped with the towing package, the Q8 can pull up to 7,700 pounds.
Audi isn’t shy about implementing the latest and greatest tech. The Q8 showcases Audi’s latest generation of technology and safety features. But the Driver Assistance package, which includes adaptive cruise control, isn’t offered on the base Premium trim level.
- The Audi Q8 is an all-new model
- Comes well-equipped with many standard features
- Comfortable ride and seats for all passengers
- Less practical than the related Q7
- New infotainment system can be distracting to use