The 2022 Audi Q8, a flashier alternative to the three-row Q7, is the company's flagship SUV and has dramatic dimensions and only two rows of seats.
Although the two Audis are built on the same chassis and have a 335 horsepower V-6 engine, the Q8's shorter length and sharper roofline give it less headroom in the back and a smaller cargo capacity.
The digital components of the dash are sleek and packed with useful technology, although the lower touchscreen may draw the driver's attention away.
The Q8 at least offers high-riding capabilities with dynamic driving characteristics, continuing the example set by earlier crossover "coupes."
The 2022 Audi Q8 costs around $13,000 more than the Q7, which is a significant premium, but that's the cost of fashion.
21-inch wheels, power-folding outside mirrors with memory settings, and a number of other features are now included on the base Premium model.
Now available as part of the Executive package are leather armrests, ventilated front seats, and sunshades for the backseat occupants.
The best-spec When combined with the Executive package, Prestige adds an adaptive air suspension and leather on the armrests; all-wheel steering becomes an independent option.
Each Q8 is equipped by Audi with a 3.0-liter V-6 turbocharged engine that generates 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
It couples with a Quattro all-wheel drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Our experience with the stop-start function was smooth and quiet thanks to the 48-volt hybrid-assist system.
Most of the time, the transmission responded faithfully, although the engine and transmission worked together best in Dynamic mode since it caused quicker responses.
We simply wish the exhaust and engine made more aggressive noises. When properly outfitted, the Q8 can tow up to 7700 pounds.
It changes directions quickly and hustles obediently through bends, but it lacks the same compelling qualities as Audi sedans like the svelte A7.
The low effort and linear feedback of the Audi Q8's steering were enjoyable on extended drives but monotonous on switchbacks.
Nevertheless, during our emergency braking test, the Audi Q8 managed to bring the large crossover from 70 mph to zero in a respectable 170 feet.