Miles reviews the 2019 Audi Q8 in Prestige trim. Though it shares its platform with the Audi Q7, the Q8 has a look all its own. Three inches shorter, an inch lower, and an inch wider than the Q7, the new flagship has sporty proportions to match its rivals. The SUV’s dimensions – especially its width – are emphasized by a massive front grille and a continuous LED light bar across the rear.
When designing the Q8, Audi drew inspiration from the 1980s Sport Quattro rally car. The Q8’s boxy fender flares, blacked out tailgate strip, and rear glass angle are derived from classic Quattro. While most will overlook the nod to an ancestral Audi, few could gloss over the Q8’s polarizing front-end design. Influenced greatly by exterior paint color and contrasting trim (body color matching, gloss black, or dark gray), the Q8’s bold nose will either be appreciated or derided.
As to be expected of all modern Audis, the Q8 features some mesmerizing light signatures, including a “welcome” sequence from the Matrix LED headlights and taillights. It’s hard not to feel like a hero when your car gives you a daily light show. Other exterior cues include available 21- and 22-inch wheel designs and integrated trapezoidal exhausts. The Q8 is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 making 335hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. 0-60 mph takes 5.6 seconds and top speed is limited to 130 mph. The Q8 averages 17 city/22 hwy/19 combined mpg.
The 2019 Audi Q8 is on sale now at a starting price of $68,395 (including destination).