Step inside the cabin of the 2022 Q8, and you'll be greeted with premium materials and opulent luxury. This is one of the best interiors in the class and can stand up to competition from Mercedes-Benz and Porsche any day of the week. Fine leather and real wood inserts are found across the interior, and the tech levels are also up to standard. The base model of the range features a power panoramic sunroof, leather eight-way power-adjustable heated seats with four-way lumbar control for the driver, and three-zone automatic climate control. The Premium Plus adds four-zone automatic climate control and a multicolor contour/ambient LED interior lighting package. The Prestige also gets a leather upper dashboard, heated rear seats, and power rear window shades.
Unlike the Q7 which boasts a 3rd row of seats, this SUV can officially carry five adults, but you could squeeze a few more in the spacious trunk if need be. Don't let the coupe body style fool you: the Q8 offers a ton of space for both the front and rear passengers, with a legroom figure of 41.6 inches in the front and 40.2 in the rear. The headroom is also more than enough for six-foot-tall adults in the front and rear. The seats are sumptuous in the way that they support the two front passengers and should prove to be extremely comfortable over the long haul. The driving position is rather commanding, which is excellent in traffic and for driving off-road, and accessing the front seats is easy thanks to some large front doors. Getting in the rear is also a cinch due to the ample head and legroom, and you don't have to worry about squeezing into a 3rd-row seat here.
|Audi Q8 Trims||Premium 55 TFSI quattro||Prestige 55 TFSI quattro||Premium Plus 55 TFSI quattro|
|Headroom Front Seat||37.1 in.||37.1 in.||37.1 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||38.1 in.||38.1 in.||38.1 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||41.6 in.||41.6 in.||41.6 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||40.2 in.||40.2 in.||40.2 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||59.5 in.||59.5 in.||59.5 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||58.5 in.||58.5 in.||58.5 in.|
The inside of the Q8 is a classy affair, and Audi has selected only the finest leather and wood grain materials. The base model's seats can be upholstered in your choice of Black with Rock Gray cross-stitching, Okapi Brown, Saiga Beige, or Pando Gray with Rock Gray cross stitching. A black dashboard and Lunar Silver headliner applies in all cases. There are three inlay options: Fine Grain Ash Natural Brown Wood, Lava Brown Eucalyptus Natural Wood, or High-gloss Gray Oak Wood. The Prestige model comes with perforated Valcona leather in Sardar Brown when you opt for the Design Selection package, and you also get Basalt Gray Eucalyptus Natural Wood inlays and, other extras, and the entire Luxury Package that add a combined $5,950 to the base price. The Luxury package adds an Alcantara headliner and a full leather package, including the center console, instrument panel, and door armrests, as well as dual-pane acoustic glass.
You're not going to be left wanting here. The 2022 Q8 offers a generous amount of trunk and overall cargo space for large families and adventurous couples. Open up the tailgate, and you'll be greeted by a spacious 30.5 cubic feet of space, which is more than enough for a week's worth of groceries for a family of four. If more space is required, then the sliding, split-folding 40/20/40 rear seats can be dropped. This means 60.7 cubic feet of space. The Porsche Cayenne Coupe, on the other hand, can only manage 22 cubic feet with the seats upright, and 54.3 cubic feet when folded. That makes the Q8 highly competitive in this category.
Small items are stored in the slim door pockets, cramped glove box, or narrow nook below the center armrest. Cupholders are provided for both front- and rear-seat occupants.
The specs on the Q8 read like a real luxury car. All models are equipped with a power panoramic sunroof, leather seating surfaces, heated eight-way power-adjustable front seats, as well as safety systems such as Audi pre sense front, front/rear parking sensors, a digital driver's display, adaptive damping, Audi pre sense basic, and high-beam assist. The mid-range Premium Plus adds four-zone automatic climate control (up from three zones in the base model), contour/ambient LED interior lighting, ventilated front seats, and wireless charging. Prestige models introduce an upper dashboard, armrests, and center console trimmed in leather, as well as power rear sunshades, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, a head-up display, and traffic sign recognition.
Infotainment systems play a massive role in the overall user experience of any new vehicle, so it should come as good news that the MMI Navigation plus system with MMI touch response inside the 2022 Audi Q8 is a great one. The dashboard is dominated by a top 10.1-inch touchscreen and another smaller screen below for climate controls. This setup looks clean and functions just as well, but can become a distraction whilst driving. Each Q8 SUV comes with Audi connect with online services, SiriusXM radio with a 90-day trial subscription, Bluetooth streaming, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an Audi smartphone interface, front/rear USB ports, navigation, Audi Connect Prime & Plus. While the Premium comes with Audi's standard sound system, the Premium Plus and Prestige models are fitted with a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system that features 17 speakers and a subwoofer, as well as a 16-channel amplifier with 730 watts of power. This system sounds excellent when bumping Juicy by Doja Cat. If you're after an even better sound experience, Audi offers a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen system for $5,000, but this option is limited to the Prestige.