2019 Audi Q8 Flagship SUV Debuts

Audi’s new flagship SUV is on the way later this year. Sportier-looking than the Q7, the brand-new Q8 seats five and will come standard with Quattro All-Wheel Drive. As far as competition goes, the Q8 is Audi’s rival to the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE.

2019 Audi Q8

The Audi Q8 is shorter, lower and wider than the Q7 and it introduces the brand’s new SUV design language. In the front, you get Audi’s singleframe grille with its octagonal shape with large, highly contoured air inlets emphasize the vehicle‘s commanding presence on the road. 

The roof slopes down in the back to the D-pillars and the pronounced wheel arches pay homage to the vehicle’s Quattro DNA. A light strip connects the taillights at the rear of the vehicle. As in the original Audi Quattro, a black surface underlines this strip. The result is a sportier, sleeker-looking SUV than the Q7.

Interior Design

The cabin design is influenced by the range-topping Audi A8. A new control system is operated by twin touchscreens. The 10-inch MMI infotainment screen sits on top and a lower screen controls things like the climate.  You can also personalize the MMI system and set it to your favorites.  Drivers can also speak requests such as, “I’m hungry” to which the Q8 will suggest nearby restaurants.


Inside, trims include various leather options, seat designs, and chrome accents. Optional contour ambient lighting is available.  Other features include wireless charging and a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System. Take note, while the Q8 seats five, the Q7 seats up to seven.

Driving Dynamics

The Q8 comes standard equipped with Quattro all-wheel drive that transfers power to the front and rear axle at a standard ratio of 40:60.  When needed it can transfer the majority of the power to the axle for better traction. The Q8 also comes standard equipped with an adaptive damping suspension.

Adaptive air suspension is available. It enables the various suspension and damping combinations that make up the Audi drive select modes and makes the Q8 a capable choice for off-road terrain. 

The new Audi Q8 is expected to hit U.S. dealerships in late 2018. The company did not reveal pricing.

Photo Credit: Audi

  1. valerie barnard 6 months ago

    What is the storage size in the rear?

    • Author
      Amy Plemons 6 months ago

      The Q8 doesn’t offer as much storage space (or seating) as the Q7. US specs not released yet but European figures put cargo space at 21.4 cu. ft. with the seats up. With the seats down, you get up to 62 cubic ft.

  2. Dennis Peery 6 months ago

    I am so looking forward to this model, and the RS Q5, if they ever get around to it. Any clue as to what the engine specs will be?

    • Author
      Amy Plemons 6 months ago

      Nothing is confirmed, but it may reportedly get the same 2.9-liter biturbo V6 engine as the RS5, good for 450 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.

      Thanks for the question!

      Managing Editor

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