2019 Audi Q8 ReviewJul 23rd, 2018
The 2019Audi Q8 was born to be an instant design classic, blending
elegant and sporty style with the utility of a full-size SUV. This is the Audi
Toronto drivers have been talking about since it was announced, and we’re
excited to have it for sale later this year here at Audi Midtown Toronto. Based
on the advanced reviews, this new Audi flagship will be more than worth the
wait. Call us today at 866-981-1974 to get on the list to be notified as soon
as one is available to test drive.
The all-new Q8 takes pride of place in
the SUV coupe class, a category that describes SUVs with sporty dimensions and
performance. The Q8 shares its basic underpinnings with the well-regarded Audi Q7, but it’s lower and wider for a
sportier stance and athletic handling. Its exterior features the wide Audi
grille, cat-like LED headlights, and taut sheet metal that stretches tight over
the Q8’s muscular flanks. It’s distinctly an Audi, combining the best of sports
coupe styling and a rugged SUV appearance.
Practicality to Go With Its Looks
Despite its sporty appearance, the Audi
Q8 provides all the useful qualities that you would expect from a full-size
SUV. With its 4.99-meter (16.4 foot) length, rear hatch, and folding rear
seats, the Q8 sports a cargo capacity of 1,755 litres (62.0 cubic feet). Even
with the rear seats up, the Q8’s cargo area can still hold a pair of golf bags
lying flat or a long weekend’s worth of luggage. All told, there’s more
interior room than most of the Q8’s competitors. The rear seats also slide back
and forth so you can maximize either cargo space or rear seat legroom.
Hop into the Q8’s driver’s seat and
you’ll experience Audi’s latest generation interior. Tastefully sleek, the
cabin is focused on the driving experience. At the centre of this experience is
the Virtual Cockpit, a 12.3-inch TFT instrument panel display that you can
customize to your preferences. For instance, you can have your Google Earth
Navigation appear here so that it’s right in line with your view of the road.
There are two more screens in the center console: a 10.1-inch screen for the
infotainment system and a smaller screen below that with vibrating haptic touch
points for controlling vehicle functions. This lower screen also functions like
a tablet that lets you hand-write navigation lookups or search for restaurants.
Of course, since this is an Audi, you
can expect performance to go with the Q8’s looks. The Q8’s get-up-and-go comes
from a 335 hp, 3.0-litre V6 with Audi’s mHEV mild hybrid technology for a fuel
efficiency boost. The Q8 puts this power to the ground via an 8-speed automatic
transmission linked to Audi’s all-wheel-drive system. Four-wheel steering is
optional for extra manoeuvrability, and an adjustable height suspension lets
you choose between a higher, 10-inch setting for off-roading and a lower
setting for performance driving. An available trailer control feature gives you
a bird’s-eye view of your Q8 and its trailer to make it easier to back a boat
into the water. With this system, your Q8 will even handle the steering during
tricky manoeuvres, so you’ll only need to work the gas and brakes.