Review: 2019 Audi Q8
Launched just this year, the all new 2019 Audi Q8 is Audi’s newest range-topping SUV slotting nicely above the Q7 in the lineup. Leaving quite an impressive footprint — measuring 4,990 millimetres long, 2,000 wide 1,710 tall, the commanding size offers an impressive amount of room for up to seven passengers.
Wearing the new face of the Q family, the front fascia is characterized by a large cross hatch grille, multiple large air inlets and an integrated front spoiler. The side profile is quite low-slung for the segment with bulging fender blisters lending an athletic look. The rear features a roof spoiler, a pronounced sill below the window and a lower bumper diffuser housing trapezoidal dual exhaust outlets. Up to 22-inch wheels completes the athletic look.
Loads of hi-tech wizardry can be found outside and in, like the optional HD Matrix headlights comprised of 32 individual LED bulbs and a unique light strip running across the tailgate that is customizable using the MyAudi companion smartphone app. Inside, most vehicle functions are controlled via one of two large MMI touch response displays stacked on top of one another (10.1-inch above/8.6-inch below) in the centre stack.
The Q8 is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine producing 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Audi’s iconic Quattro normally rear-biased all-wheel drive system gives confidence to motorists no matter the weather conditions. Interestingly, an on-board lithium-ion battery and belt alternator starter captures kinetic energy created during braking allowing quiet, fuel-free coasting during low-load scenarios.
One more trick up its sleeve is remote garage pilot: activated using the app and made possible with five radar sensors, six cameras and 12 ultrasound sensors, the vehicle can autonomously enter and exit a garage.
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