Richly equipped, with comprehensive connectivity, and versatile enough for exploring just about any road, the 2019 Audi Q8 seamlessly integrates technology and advanced driver assistance systems, to deliver everything customers expect from a luxury performance SUV. With standard seating for up to five passengers and, with the rear seats folded, class-leading cargo capacity, with the Audi Q8 you're in control in any driving situation.
Powertrain and Performance
The Q8 features a new 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine, which generates 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, which is well suited for the low-end torque of the turbocharged V6, its eight gears provide quick, smooth shifts and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds.
The 2019 Q8 will come standard equipped with Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology. Power is supplied from the 10Ah battery to a belt alternator starter (BAS) to enhance the comfort of the start/stop system.
Every Q8 is also standard equipped with Quattro all-wheel drive, offering high-precision and dynamic handling through active torque distribution to both axles. This purely mechanical system transfers torque to the front and rear axles at a standard ratio of 40:60, and when required, can transfer the majority of the power to the axle with better traction. Electronic wheel-selective torque control can add additional traction across each axle through individual wheel braking application.
Chassis and Suspension
The 2019 Q8 features standard five-link adaptive damping front and rear suspension that can be adjusted through Audi Drive Select in varying driving situations and road conditions. Then there's an Adaptive Chassis package, which allows for adjustment of both the ride height and the firmness of the air dampers. This system is controllable via the standard Audi drive select.
Along with the standard four Drive Select modes – comfort, auto, dynamic and individual – the available adaptive air suspension also adds both an Allroad and a lift/offroad mode, which can raise the air suspension for increased ground clearance when needed. When the vehicle is parked, the system can also lower the rear axle by over 2.5” to allow for easier loading and unloading of cargo. Also available as part of the Adaptive Chassis package is all-wheel steering, which offers increased maneuverability at low speeds and more precise steering at higher speeds.
Audi has crafted the Q8 to provide ample space for up to five passengers, with ample headroom for both front and rear-seat occupants. Space is further enhanced by sliding, split-folding 40/20/40 rear seatbacks with adjustable recline. With the rear seats folded, the Q8 offers a class-leading cargo capacity of 67.5 cubic feet. Other standard interior features include a Q-design three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, three-zone automatic climate control or available four-zone, a standard panoramic sunroof adds light to the cabin, while leather seating surfaces are standard on offer heated eight-way power front seats with four-way power lumbar adjustment. Heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel are available options.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Inside the Q8, the all-new MMI touch response system replaces the rotary dial and the conventional buttons and controls with two large, high-resolution touch displays. Featuring both haptic and acoustic feedback, users can hear and feel a click as confirmation when their finger triggers a function. The system can be personalized using configurable and movable “favorites” buttons. Natural-language control help turn the Q8 into an intelligent travel assistant. Drivers can speak requests such as, "I'm hungry," to which the Q8 will suggest nearby restaurants.
The standard MMI touch response with 10.1” upper display is used for controlling infotainment and navigation functions, and an 8.6 lower display is used for climate control, comfort and convenience functions, and natural writing with whole-word recognition. Standard second-generation Audi virtual cockpit features a 12.3-inch display that offers HD resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels with a choice of two viewing modes.
Audi Connect online services help connect the vehicle with the internet, the owner, and the surrounding infrastructure, and are now are integrated into the MMI operating system (subscription required). With an active Audi connect subscription, functions such as parking, weather updates and Yelp review highlights are now integrated with the MMI touch response system and can be accessed through their own icons. Infotainment features such as internet radio streaming are also accessible via the MMI via the Audi connect mobile app.
Advanced driver assistance systems
The new Q8 offers a comprehensive suite of standard and available driver assistance systems. All of these systems benefit from a zFAS central driver assistance controller, which obtains information from up to 24 standard and available sensors and can create a digital picture of the environment around the Q8 to help compare, evaluate and derive strategies for the driver assistance systems.
To learn more about the SUV that sets new standards for luxury as well as practicality, come in and see to the Audi experts at Petoskey Audi.