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2021 Audi SQ8

2021 Audi SQ8

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$89,100 — $89,100 MSRP
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5 Seats
17 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Q8’s ride quality
  • Quiet at highway speeds
  • Excellent visibility
  • Large backseat
  • Interior materials quality

The Bad

  • Acceleration lag
  • Engine stop-start system
  • Minimal in-cabin storage
  • Options add up quickly
2021 Audi SQ8 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2021 Audi SQ8
  • Blind spot warning now standard
  • Five-seat mid-size SUV
  • Turbo V-6 engine standard
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission standard
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • 500-hp V-8 in SQ8

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2021 Audi SQ8 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2021 Audi Q8?

The five-seat Audi Q8 blends coupelike design with SUV versatility. It’s powered by a standard 335-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine that works with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard, and competitors include the BMW X6 and Land Rover Range Rover Velar. The performance-oriented SQ8 features a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that makes 500 hp. 

What’s New on the 2021 Audi Q8?

Blind spot warning is newly standard. 

What Features in the 2021 Audi Q8 Are Most Important?

Standard features include: 

  • Full-LED headlights with high-beam assist
  • Power liftgate
  • Navigation
  • Dual-touchscreen control system 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Panoramic moonroof 
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats

Available features include: 

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated rear seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Adaptive air suspension 
  • Head-up display 

Should I Buy the 2021 Audi Q8?

Even though the Q8 puts style ahead of functionality with its sleek looks, it still has a large backseat. Interior quality is impressive, and so is the Q8’s ride quality and outward visibility. Acceleration lag, however, is a problem, and the drivetrain’s stop-start system isn’t great. The SUV also gets expensive in upper trim levels.  

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2021 Audi SQ8 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2021 Audi SQ8 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The SQ8 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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