The Audi Q8 is the brand’s newest flagship SUV while also being the sportiest SUV in its lineup. With its aggressively raked roofline and flared wheel arches, the Q8 is by far the coolest looking Audi SUV and, on the inside, it’s the most luxurious. So it’s the best of both worlds. If you want one, you’re in luck, as the online configurator for the Q8 has just gone live on AudiUSA.
What surprises us most about the Audi Q8 is how cheap it is. Well, relatively. The starting price for the Q8 is $67,400 for the Premium trim. For that money, you get 20-inch wheels, the new MMI Touch Response infotainment system, Virtual Cockpit, a Panoramic sunroof and a rearview camera (it flipping should) and parking assist.
If you want to step up to Premium Plus, you get 21-inch wheels, 3D Bang & Olufsen surround sound system, four-zone climate control and Audi’s fancy top-view camera system which is genuinely remarkable. Stepping up will cost you an extra few thousand dollars, costing $71,400.
Top-end trim is Prestige, which brings HD Matrix LED headlights, Head Up Display and aluminum buttons. That costs $76,500. Which makes it seem like the Premium Plus trim is the best deal.
If you’re looking to get an Audi Q8, we’d suggest getting one this year and getting the “Year One Package”, which looks well worth the $2,200. It brings unique 22-inch wheels, a Black Optic exterior package and red brake calipers, which everyone knows add 15 horsepower. It just looks so damn good with the Year One Package and, personally, I want one.
All Audi Q8 trim levels get the same powertrain. It’s a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine, the same one you’ll find in the Audi S4, and it makes 355 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. That engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive as standard. It can sprint from 0-60 mph in about 5.6 seconds, according to Audi, and that’s pretty good for a big SUV. That will be the only powertrain until the Audi SQ8, which will pack a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8.