2021 Audi Q8 Model Review

Key Features

  • Starting at $68,200 MSRP
  • 3.0-liter TFSI® V6 engine with 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque and quattro® all-wheel drive
  • Available all-wheel steering and adaptive air suspension
  • MMI® Navigation plus with MMI® touch response and Audi virtual cockpit plus
  • Optional HD Matrix-design LED headlights with LED taillights and animation
  • Available Bang & Olufsen® 3D Premium Sound System
  • Optional HD Matrix-design LED headlights with LED taillights and animation
  • Parking system plus (front and rear acoustic sensors)

About the Audi Q8

Bold, dynamic, and tech-savvy - the Audi Q8 is the stylish crossover that combines functionality with premium luxury. Featuring a striking coupe-like exterior appearance combined with the functionality of an SUV -- the Q8 sports a wide, upright grille design blended seamlessly into a swept-back roofline. From behind, onlookers will notice a clever strip of lights which extends across the width of the rear end. Other design enhancements include available 21-inch alloy wheels and a variety of expressive exterior color choices. Potent turbocharged engine power and standard quattro all-wheel drive helps the Q8 excel both on dry pavement and across slippery road surfaces. Emphasizing the front and rear wheels equally, this design also hints at the impressive handling capabilities offered on the Audi Q8. A luxurious interior and groundbreaking technology innovations elevate the Q8 above its competition.

What the Critics Say

"The Q8 is Audi's range-topping SUV, with a modern turbocharged V-6 and a tech-heavy features roster highlighted by an interior with a two-touchscreen center stack and design that would make Rudolph Schindler blush. Deleting the third row opens some space for the second-row passengers and delivers a driving experience that is more carlike than any Audi SUV before." -- Car and Driver

"Structurally, the Q8 feels bank-vault solid and is nearly as quiet inside as one. Standard adaptive shocks read the road, firming up when needed for swells and sweepers and backing off to take the edge off harsh impacts and poor road surfaces." -- J.D. Power

Audi Q8

Audi Q8 Exterior Styling

What's New for 2021

Shoppers will find numerous exciting revisions and updates to the 2021 Audi Q8. Features now included as standard across the model range are Audi side assist and pre sense rear. The optional Convenience package now offers a heated steering wheel and top-view camera on the Premium trim. Premium Plus grades now feature a standard heated steering wheel. Finally, the newly available Executive Package now includes Adaptive Cruise Assist including Audi active lane assist, HD Matrix-design LED headlights, heated rear seats, and leather upholstered armrests.

Audi Q8 Features

Audi Q8 Performance


Offering a combination of potent performance and exceptional efficiency, the Q8 offers a balanced driving experience not found on any competitor in its segment. It's powered by a standard 3.0-liter TFSI® V6 engine with 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque and legendary quattro® all-wheel drive. In fact, the Q8 is able to rocket from 0-60 in a blistering 5.6 seconds, an impressive feat for a five-seat SUV. When properly equipped, the Q8 has a maximum towing capacity of up to 7,700 pounds. Available all-wheel steering helps the Audi Q8 maneuver in tight spaces with up to 5° of counter-steer in slow-speed situations and stability at high speeds. Choose the optional adaptive air suspension to enjoy 50mm of increased ground clearance or lower the ride height at the touch of a button. Standard Audi drive select lets you custom-configure your drive experience to suit your preferences.

Audi Q8 Interior

Luxurious Interior

Each facet of the interior of the Audi Q8 was meticulously constructed with progressive elegance in mind. You'll notice the horizontal character of the instrument panel as it descends in steps gradually towards the floor of the cabin for a flowing layout. Front sport seats along with spacious rear seating feature side bolsters to the head restraints for the ultimate support and comfort. Commands and information requests are effortlessly processed via touch displays augmented by the Audi virtual cockpit featuring a high-resolution 12.3-inch display. Both drivers and passengers can enjoy the benefits of available Audi phone box with inductive charging along with a boosted cellular signal. Its standard MMI® touch response system offers layout customization, haptic and audible feedback, along with intuitive pinch and swipe controls. Cutting-edge handwriting recognition and haptic feedback with the MMI® touch response system lets you "write" your entries as opposed to typing them.

Audi Q8 Safety

Groundbreaking Safety

Since even the most talented drivers need a helping hand from time to time, the Audi Q8 is available with a collection of driver-assistive technologies for added confidence behind the wheel. Audi adaptive cruise assist boosts comfort, particularly on long journeys by monitoring acceleration, braking, and following distance relative to the vehicle in front of you. With the optional Top view camera system with Virtual 360° view, you'll enjoy a bird's eye perspective of what's around your Q8. Using up to 23 available sensors, Audi pre sense® 360 helps drivers react safely to the unexpected. An optional Head-up display with navigation systems information projects important data directly onto the windshield which helps keep your eyes focused safely on the road ahead. Other cutting-edge features available on the Audi Q8 include Traffic sign recognition and Intersection assist.

Trims & Specs


2020 Audi Q8 Premium
  • Starting at $68,200 MSRP
  • Audi virtual cockpit (12.3-inch LCD digital instrument cluster with two visual modes: Classic and Infotainment)
  • MMI® Navigation plus with voice control system
  • Sliding, split-folding 40/20/40 rear seatbacks with adjustable recline
  • Panoramic sunroof with power sunshade
  • Audi side assist and Audi pre sense® rear with Rear cross traffic assist and Vehicle exit warning

Premium Plus

2020 Audi Q8 Premium Plus
  • Starting at $72,050 MSRP
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Top view camera system with Virtual 360° view
  • Four zone climate control and ventilated twelve-way power front seats
  • Bang & Olufsen® 3D Premium Sound System, 17 speakers, 16-channel amplifier and 730 watts
  • 21-inch 5-segment-spoke-W design wheels


2020 Audi Q8 Prestige
  • Starting at $77,850 MSRP
  • Adaptive cruise assist with Traffic jam assist, Intersection assist, and Turn assist
  • HD Matrix-design LED headlights and LED taillights with dynamic animation
  • Head-up display with navigation and assistance systems information
  • Audi active lane assist with Emergency assist
  • Traffic sign recognition